Ah, the sweet smell of freshly baked bread. There’s nothing quite like it. And when that bread happens to be a delicious, moist carrot raisin nut bread? Well, that’s just heavenly. That’s exactly what we’re going to be making today.
Get ready to sink your teeth into the most delectable carrot bread you’ve ever tasted. This recipe comes straight from Mimi’s Cafe, so you know it’s the real deal.
You might be wondering why you should bother making your own bread when you could just buy some at the grocery store. Well, let me tell you: there’s nothing better than homemade bread. The taste, the texture, the satisfaction of knowing that you made it yourself – it all adds up to something special.
Plus, with this recipe, you can customize your carrot raisin nut bread however you like. Add more raisins if you’re a fan, or skip the walnuts if they’re not your thing. This recipe is versatile and adaptable to any taste preference.
So let’s get started on making the best darn carrot bread in town. Trust me – once you try this recipe, you’ll never go back to store-bought again.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
If you’re a fan of the classic carrot cake, you’ll love this recipe for carrot bread. Packed with carrots, raisins, and walnuts, this bread has all the flavors and textures you crave in a traditional carrot cake – but without the guilt of indulging in something too sweet.
But even if you’re not a fan of carrot cake, you’ll still be smitten with this delicious and hearty bread. With a hint of cinnamon and a touch of brown sugar, it’s the perfect balance of sweet and savory. Plus, adding chunk pineapple to the mix makes it moist and tender.
One thing that sets this recipe apart is its versatility. It’s perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon snack with a cup of coffee or tea. It also makes for a great dessert that can be served on its own or with whipped cream. And if you want to switch things up, try turning it into muffins instead!
But what I love most about this recipe is how easy it is to make. Just a few simple steps and basic ingredients are all you need to create this deliciousness. Thanks to Mimi’s Cafe Recipe, gaining access to a cafe-quality carrot bread is now possible at home.
Trust me when I say that once you’ve tried this carrot bread recipe, you’ll never go back to plain old white bread again. The flavors are too irresistible and addicting!
The key players in this delicious bread recipe
This carrot bread recipe requires a few ingredients that work really well together, resulting in a delightful experience for your taste buds. You will need:
- Carrots: We will use freshly grated carrots to help give the bread its distinct flavor and moist texture.
- Raisins: These sweet little morsels add a satisfying chewiness to every bite.
- Chunk pineapple: Canned chunk pineapple will help in creating an unbelievably moist and sweet loaf
- Walnuts: These will provide a subtle nuttiness to the bread and add a nice crunch to every slice.
These main ingredients are supported by some pantry staples like eggs, brown sugar, and all-purpose flour. You’ll also need a few key baking agents, including baking powder and baking soda which will help our bread rise properly. A sprinkle of salt and some ground cinnamon add just the right balance of seasoning to round out the flavors.
All these combined make up the perfect ingredient list for an unforgettable loaf of carrot raisin nut bread that you won’t find at just any ol’ café!
The Recipe How-To
After gathering all the ingredients, it’s time to get started on making this delicious and moist Carrot Bread. Here’s how I do it at Mimi’s Cafe:
Step 1: Preheat and Grease
To begin, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
Step 2: Combine Dry Ingredients
In a bowl, whisk together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tsp of baking soda, 2 tsp of baking powder, 1 tsp of cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp of salt.
Step 3: Mix Wet Ingredients
In a separate large bowl, beat 3 eggs until light and frothy. Add in 1 cup of vegetable oil and 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar. Mix until fully combined.
Step 4: Add Pineapple and Carrots
Stir in one 8 oz can of chunk pineapple (drained) and two cups of shredded carrots.
Step 5: Combine Dry & Wet Mixtures
Add the dry ingredients gradually into the wet mixture, stirring between each addition until just combined. Gently fold in 1 cup raisins and 3/4 cup walnuts.
Step 6: Bake
Pour the batter into the greased pan and bake for about an hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let it cool for at least fifteen minutes on a wire rack before serving.
Voila! You just made Mimi’s Cafe Carrot Bread – a perfect recipe for breakfast, brunch or dessert!
Substitutions and Variations
If you are looking to switch things up or add some extra flavor to your Carrot Bread, here are some substitutions and variations you can try out.
1. Apple Carrot Bread: Swap out the chunk pineapple and raisins for grated apples and a touch of nutmeg for a delicious twist on this classic bread.
2. Raisin Nut Bread: If you’re not a fan of pineapple, leave it out and double up on the raisins and walnuts for a nuttier and fruitier loaf.
3. Carrot Muffins: Turn this recipe into muffins by spooning the batter into a muffin tin instead of a loaf pan. Bake at 375°F for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
4. Gluten-Free Option: Substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend to make this tasty bread gluten-free.
5. Vegan Option: Replace the eggs with flaxseed eggs (1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons of water per egg) and swap the dairy in the recipe for plant-based alternatives like almond milk and vegan butter.
6. Copycat Mimi’s Cafe Carrot Bread: If you’re looking to replicate Mimi’s Cafe famous Carrot Bread, substitute your baking powder for baking soda (be sure to use only 1 tsp), use vegetable oil instead of butter, and add an extra teaspoon of cinnamon. You can find a copycat recipe for Mimi’s Cafe Carrot Bread on food.com or top secret recipes version.
These variations will allow you to play with flavors, dietary restrictions, and preferences while still enjoying a delicious treat that’s perfect for breakfast or any time of day.
Serving and Pairing
When it comes to serving and pairing, there are several ways to enjoy this delicious carrot bread. One option is to simply slice and eat it as a snack or breakfast bread with a slather of butter or cream cheese. Another option is to toast it and add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, which will elevate the already sweet flavors.
For a more indulgent treat, try using this carrot bread to make French toast. Dip slices of the bread in an egg wash, cook them on a griddle, and serve with a side of fresh berries or fruit compote.
If you want something more savory, use the bread to make a breakfast sandwich with bacon, eggs, and avocado. It’s also a perfect pairing for your morning coffee or tea at home.
Looking for something more dessert-like? This carrot bread can be used in place of other cakes as a base for trifles, layered desserts, and even an apple carrot cake. Crumble it up into small pieces and layer it with whipped cream, sliced fruit, and chopped nuts for an impressive dessert that’s perfect for any occasion.
Overall, don’t be afraid to get creative with how you serve and pair this scrumptious carrot raisin nut bread. It’s versatile enough to be enjoyed in many different ways!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
If you are planning to make carrot bread ahead of time, you can easily store it by wrapping it in plastic or aluminum foil and keeping it at room temperature for up to two days. If you want to store it for longer, you can freeze it for up to a month.
Reheating the bread is easy, simply wrap it in foil and put it in an oven preheated to 350°F (175°C) for 10-15 minutes. This will help the bread regain its moisture and enhance its flavor. Be sure to keep a watchful eye on the bread while reheating to avoid overcooking or drying out.
Another option that I like is slicing the carrot bread and freezing individual slices wrapped tightly in cling film. Then, I take out a slice or two and defrost them at room temperature or gently reheat them in the microwave. This way, I get fresh, moist and delicious carrot bread anytime I want without sacrificing quality.
Remember that reheating can change the texture of the bread so if you want to retain its natural goodness while reheating, avoid overheating or microwaving it for too long. You may also try lightly buttering each slice before warming up.
With these storing and reheating tips in mind, you don’t have to worry about making a fresh batch of carrot bread every time you crave for its sweet and nutty flavors.
Tips for Perfect Results
Before we dive into making the perfect Carrot Bread, here are some tips to make sure you get the best results possible.
Firstly, make sure your carrots are finely grated. This will ensure that they spread evenly throughout the bread and each slice has a delicious carrot flavor. Grating by hand is fine, but using a food processor will save time and provide consistent results.
Next, use high-quality ingredients. Fresh eggs, brown sugar, and chunk pineapple all make a big difference in the taste of the bread. Don’t skimp on these ingredients as they add depth and complexity to the overall flavor profile.
Another important tip is to thoroughly mix your dry ingredients before adding them to the wet mixture. Use a whisk or sifter to remove any lumps and ensure an accurate measurement. This step will help ensure even distribution of baking powder, salt, and cinnamon throughout the dough.
When adding your raisins and walnuts, you can mix them into the dough before baking or sprinkle them on top of the dough before placing it in the oven. Sprinkling on top will allow for a more visible texture and may provide a bit of crunch.
Lastly, don’t overmix your batter! Mix until just combined when adding your dry ingredients to your wet batter. Overmixing can cause gluten strands to form and result in a dense bread instead of a light, fluffy texture.
By implementing these tips you can be sure that every bite of your Carrot Bread will be delicious and satisfying.
In conclusion, if you are looking for a delicious and healthy breakfast or snack option, Mimi’s Cafe’s Carrot Bread recipe is the perfect choice for you! The combination of carrots, raisins, chunk pineapple, and walnuts makes this bread a flavorful and satisfying treat. You can enjoy it on its own or pair it with your favorite hot beverage. Plus, with the tips and substitutions provided in this article, you can customize the recipe to suit your taste preferences or dietary restrictions.
Not only is this recipe delicious, but it’s also simple to make and requires minimal time in the kitchen. And with its nutritious ingredients like carrots and walnuts, it’s a guilt-free indulgence that will leave you feeling satisfied and energized. So why not try out Mimi’s Cafe’s Carrot Bread recipe today and experience its deliciousness for yourself? Trust me; your taste buds will thank you!
Carrot Bread From Mimi’s Cafe Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup canned chunk pineapple, drained
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1 cup finely shredded carrot
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Grease and flour a 9 inch square pan or four 3 inch by 6 inch mini loaf pans.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnnamon and salt and mix well.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, brown sugar and eggs, pour into flour mixture and stir well (batter will be chunky).
- Stir in walnuts, pineapple, raisins and carrots.
- Pour into prepared pan (s) and bake 30-40 minutes (20 minutes for mini pans) or until lightly browned.
Your Own Notes
John has been working in the coffee industry for over five years, having started out as a barista in the bustling city of Los Angeles. He fell in love with the craft and set out to expand his knowledge and understanding of coffee. He has traveled all over the world, visiting coffee farms and learning from the best in the industry. His mission is to share his love of coffee and its unique flavors with others, and The Drive Coffee Bar is his way of doing that.