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Carrot Gingerbread – Veggie Desserts

Think Carrot Cake meets sticky Gingerbread and you have Carrot Gingerbread!

We’ve all heard of Carrot Cake and most of us absolutely love it, but Kate Hackworthy takes baking and making desserts with vegetables to a whole new level.  Today I’m sharing her Carrot Gingerbread recipe with you and a review of her first book: Veggie Desserts + Cakes: Carrot Cake and beyond.

Veggie Desserts + Cakes by Kate Hackworthy

 

About the Author

Food Writer Kate Hackworthy , of award-winning Veggie Desserts blog, combines her true passion for veg with a love of baking, with delicious results.  Kate puts vegetables into scrumptious cakes, muffins, biscuits, tarts brownies, pastries and even ice cream.  The book Veggie Desserts +Cakes is the culmination of years of hard work perfecting this unique take on baking which provides natural sweetness and extra nutrients with less sugar and fat required to make truly great tasting treats. 

Introduction

The introduction provides an insight into why Kate chooses to bake and make desserts with vegetables, there is also half a page of practical notes to help you get the best from the recipes and what to look out for in terms of baking with vegetables.  I found these notes really useful and an insight into Kate’s skill and experience. 

The Recipes

The chapters are split into Cakes; Cupcakes; Cookies; Square + Traybakes; Pies + Pastries; Frozen desserts and More Sweet Treats, each of these chapters are filled with delicious options, consequently, it was tricky to pick out a few to highlight, however. my top 10 picks from Veggie Desserts + Cakes are:

  1. Pear and Parsnip Cake with Salted Honey Buttercream and Chocolate Ganache
  2. Cucumber and Lemon Cake with Gin Icing (yes, GIN icing!)
  3. Avocado Chocolate Cupcakes with Cherry Icing 
  4. Spiced Butternut Squash Muffins with Walnuts and Crystalized Ginger  
  5. Sweet Potato and Pecan Blondies
  6. Carrot Gingerbread
  7. Avocado Lime Tarts 
  8. Beetroot and Vanilla Sorbet
  9. Pumpkin and Almond Swirled Frozen Yogurt Bark 
  10. Sparkling Carrot Lemonade

Carrot Gingerbread 

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I tasted the most incredible piece of carrot cake at The Hoebridge Cafe, Mellerstain House in the Scottish Borders, it was the moistest and most delicious piece of cake I’d had for a very long time.  I’m also a big fan of gingerbread, I used to make it often when my sons were at home, and it was a must to take on self-catering holidays along with a Dundee Cake.  

I was super excited to see that Kate had a recipe which combined these two brilliant cakes in her recipe for Carrot Gingerbread and I just had to make it. 

Carrot Gingerbread
Yields 20
Chunky slabs of rich, dark, spiced gingerbread made moist with grated carrots.
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Ingredients
  1. 200 g/7 oz/scant 1 cup unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  2. 200 g/7 oz scant 1 cup light soft brown sugar
  3. 200 g/7 oz/2/3 cup black treacle (molasses)
  4. 375 g/13 oz /3 cups plain (all purpose) flour
  5. 3 tsp ground ginger
  6. 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  7. 250 ml/ 8 1/2 fl oz/1 cup whole milk
  8. 150 g/5 1/4 oz (1 1/2 medium carrots, peeled and grated)
  9. 2 large free-range eggs, beaten
  10. 3 pieces of stem ginger in syrup, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan/320F/gas 2.
  2. Grease and line a 23 x 30mm/9 x 12 in baking pan with baking parchment.
  3. Heat the butter, sugar and treacle in a pan, stirring until smooth and melted. Leave to cool slightly.
  4. Sift the flour, ginger and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl.
  5. Stir in the milk, carrot, beaten egg, stem ginger and treacle mixture an stir to combine. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour until well risen and springy in the middle.
  6. Leave to cool in the pan for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before cutting into squares.
Notes
  1. For extra decadence serve with hot custard, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream
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Who is it for?

Do you enjoy baking and making desserts and like to try something a little different? If so this is probably a good choice for you and you would also love Veggie Desserts + Cakes if you are interested in reducing sugar while still enjoying a sweet treat then this is definitely the book for you. 

Pros

Innovative and interesting recipes laid out clearly and using ingredients that will be in your larder or fridge.  Really attractive and well-styled photographs 

Cons

There isn’t a photograph for every recipe which is what I prefer as I like to see what I’m aiming to make. 

The Verdict

I’ve long been a fan of Kate’s fabulous veggie desserts and cakes and it’s so nice to see them brought together in print.  The Carrot Gingerbread recipe I made was completely delicious and I’m sure that I will be pushing the boundaries of my baking and be making more Veggie Dessert + Cakes. 

Veggie Desserts +Cakes by Kate Hackworthy, Published by Pavillion, RRP £14.99

When Carrot Cake meets Gingerbread, it''s Carrot Gingerbread, sweet, spicy and sticky, so good!

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Here are some other Gingerbread recipe ideas:

Mini Bundt Tin Gingerbreads with a delicious lemon glaze, a fun dessert for the holidays

Mini Gingerbreads with Lemon Glaze

Chocolate Gingerbread Cupcakes, dress them up with chocolate hearts for a perfect Valentine's Day gift

Chocolate Gingerbread Cupcakes

Sweet, sticky gingerbread slab, always a favourite recipe

Gingerbread Slab 

Little Gingerbread Cupcakes, with a sparkly topping

Gingerbread Cupcake Sparklers 

I would really recommend you to make the Carrot Gingerbread, it was so easy to make and has everything that a gingerbread should have, it’s sweet, sticky and with just enough ginger to satisfy the most discerning gingerbread lover, it also went down very well with all of my family from age 4 to 94!

Read more reviews and recipes from Veggie Desserts + Cakes by Katherine Hackworthy

Chocolate Cauliflower Lollies – Recipes from a Pantry (includes GIVEAWAY)

Cavalo Nero and Orange Cupcakes – The Hedgecombers

Beetroot and Vanilla Sorbet – Natural Kitchen Adventures

Avocado Lime Tarts – The Veg Space (includes GIVEAWAY)

Carrot Gingerbread  – Ren Behan 

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Avocado Icing – United Cakedom 

Kale Apple Cake – Tin & Thyme

Courgette & Poppyseed Loaf – Family, Friends, Food

Spinach & Strawberry Swiss Roll – Foodie Quine

Courgette & Poppyseed Loaf – Baking Queen 74

Kale & Apple Cake – Food to Glow

Pea and Vanilla Cake with Lemon Icing – Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary

Pea and Mint Cupcakes with Rosewater Buttercream– Kavey Eats 

Blackbean Chocolate  Brownies – Heidi Roberts Kitchen Talk 

 

Kate has done a round up of the ‘Virtual Book Launch’ with some really lovely comments and links to all of us who were involved.  Please do visit and leave her some love. 

Comments

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      Janice Pattie
      August 3, 2017

      There are so many Bintu, it’s going to be a well used book!

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    Heidi Roberts
    August 4, 2017

    I just got my copy of the book so still planning on which recipe to make first – this one was a contender but I think the Black Bean Chocolate Brownies will be my starter.

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      Janice Pattie
      August 4, 2017

      Oh they do sound good Heidi, it’s difficult to choose, there are so many good recipes aren’t there?

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      Janice Pattie
      August 5, 2017

      It is a delight to see all the different ways Kate has used vegetables. The Carrot Gingerbread is such a simple change to a classic, but one I would not have thought of, and it really works!

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      Janice Pattie
      August 6, 2017

      They certainly do, Michelle. So creative with vegetables!

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    Claire @foodiequine
    August 7, 2017

    I’ve already made the Spinach and Strawberry Swiss Roll form Kate’s book which I can highly recommend. This gingerbread is next on my must bake list.

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      Janice Pattie
      August 8, 2017

      Yes, I saw your Swiss roll, it looked amazing. The Gingerbread is a must!

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    Heidi Roberts
    August 8, 2017

    Carrot Cake and Gingerbread all at once! What a great idea – two cakes for the price of one!!

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      Janice Pattie
      August 9, 2017

      I know it’s just so delicious

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      Janice Pattie
      August 9, 2017

      It’s a real treasure trove of recipes and right up your street!

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      Janice Pattie
      August 10, 2017

      Thanks Ceri, the Carrot Gingerbread was so delicious

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      Janice Pattie
      August 10, 2017

      It is a great book, thanks.

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    kellie@foodtoglow
    August 12, 2017

    What a stunning recreation of Kate’s recipe! I adore Kate’s book so much and have tried two recipes – Avocado Chocolate Cupcakes with Cherry Icing *and* Sweet Potato and Salted Hazelnut Cookies. In fact, I’ve made three different sorts of tweaky batches of the latter! I just know that anyone who buys this book will get a lot of use – and joy – from it.

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      Janice Pattie
      August 12, 2017

      I saw your lovely bakes, it’s a really inspiring book.

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      Janice Pattie
      August 12, 2017

      I know what you mean, there were so many good ones to choose from.

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