You’ve had carrot cake, but have you had carrot bread? If not, then why not give it a try? It’s a lovely moist loaf, full of veggie goodness (apologies to the many people who hate the word “moist” but I’ve yet to find another word that does quite the same job).
WHAT YOU NEED:
– 300g strong white bread flour
– 200g strong wholemeal/wholewheat bread flour
– 2 tsp sugar
– 1 tsp salt
– 300ml warm water
– 1 pack quick yeast
– 25g olive oil (plus a bit extra)
– 3 raw medium carrots, peeled and grated (NOTE: I also tried this loaf again using grated courgettes/zucchini instead and that works well too, leave the skin on when you grate them to give a good colour and bit of bite to the loaf)
WHAT YOU DO:
1. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, water, yeast, sugar and olive oil into a dough.
2. Knead on a lightly oiled surface for about 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
3. Place in a lightly oiled bowl covered with cling film or a dish towel, and prove in a warm place for one and a half hours.
4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead in the grated carrots, it’s quite tricky to get them to all stay in the dough and you’ll probably need to work in some extra flour because of the wetness of the carrots (When I did the courgette/zucchini version, I needed quite a bit more extra flour than the carrot version, but it will clearly depend on how much water comes out of the veg you’re using. The loaf will be quite sticky, that’s ok, but dripping wet isn’t!).
5. Place the dough into a large loaf tin and prove it again for about an hour.
6. Place in a preheated oven 200C/400F for about 35 mins. It will be hollow when tapped if it’s done. Cool on a rack.
The loaf has lovely orange flecks in it when you cut it into slices, I would show you but the one and only photo I took of the inside is blurry! I like this bread simply sliced and spread with butter.