Carrot Wheat

Working through the book in chronological order works well for keeping me organized, but not so well when it comes to using ingredients I have on hand.

I should have done all the carrot muffins in the fall, for example, when I harvested our carrot crop and had literally dozens of carrots crowding my crisper drawer.

Oh well. Carrot wheat! These sound healthy! And like they might taste pretty good!

Carrot Wheat

Measure into large bowl

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Stir into dry ingredients

1 cup coarsely-grated carrots

1 tsp grated orange rind

Beat together

1 egg

1 cup milk

1/4 cup molasses

1/4 cup melted butter

Add to dry ingredients along with 

1/2 cup raisins

1/4 cup nuts

Mix until blended.

Bake at 375F for 15 – 20 minutes. Makes 15 muffins.

The method

After last week’s recipe, one of my readers said “but don’t you have a grater attachment for your food processor?” I DO NOT AND NOW I AM SAD. I had to grate them the old-fashioned way, with a box grater. Just like Ma Ingalls. Or Dorothy, for that matter.

I didn’t have either raisins or nuts on hand, because I made this on the spur of the moment one morning when I needed an activity for the kids. I threw in some sweetened dried cranberries at the last minute.

The results

The whole house smelled great while these were in the oven, so bonus! I love it when the big kids come home from school and ask “what smells so good?” as soon as they walk in the front door. They puffed up better than I expected for such a heavy batter and were a pleasing colour with flecks of bright orange and deep red.

They tasted… pretty good. Not a favourite, but they were nice and moist. I’m not sure why the orange rind is in here; it’s overpowering, I thought. My 5 year old agreed with me; he’s a baked-goods junkie and he loves muffins, but he didn’t even finish his first one. Although the rest of the test subjects professed to like them, after a week I ended up throwing away half a dozen uneaten.

Overall, I’d say these are not good enough as they are to make this recipe worth the effort. With some tweaking, I think they could probably be really tasty. If anyone tries, please leave your suggestions / modifications in the comments!