Friday, 16 August 2013

FREE RECIPE: Yummy Warm Carrot, Zucchini, Apple and Walnut Loaf

Hello, hello,

This weekend, we are hosting a baby shower for my eldest sister. It will be the first of it's generation and needless to say, we are a little excited. Four daughters in one family....there's going to be a crazy amount of love lathered on this kiddo.

My sister has chosen not to find out the sex of the child and so I haven't been able to make all the quilts I am DYING to make, and so gender neutral everything is being rolled out.

Anyway, my twin sister came back home from Melbourne (we live about 100km SW of Sydney) in the middle of a university week, going on about needing to study while up here. Now, one thing I will always associate with Julia is cooking. Another thing is, when she procrastinates....she bakes like crazy.

She started going through the cupboards exclaiming how much she misses mum's store of ingredients, her containers, her appliances and tins. Next thing you know, we're pulling out the food processor, mixmaster, using the stove and oven and half the tupperware containers with ingredients were sprawled across the kitchen cupboards and floor.

We ended up making four things between 1 and 4pm. It's 4:30pm now and I think I can hear her planning more in the kitchen and muttering how muffins would be perfect for the shower.

Anyway, I thought I will share one of the recipes with you. This recipe came from an old school friend and tastes AMAZING (even in batter form).
(Note: all measurements are in the metric system).

Carrot, Zucchini, Apple and Walnut Loaf
2 cups of self raising flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 cup of castor sugar
3/4 cup of walnuts roughly chopped
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup canola oil or light olive oil
1 cup zucchini, grated and squeezed to remove juice
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup grated apple (any type), squeezed to remove juice

1. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line the base of a loaf tin (about 11cm wide x 20cm long x 8cm deep)
2. Sift flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl. Add sugar and walnuts. Stir well.

3. Using a whisk, mix the eggs and oil in a bowl lightly.

4. Grate the apple, carrot and zucchini and squeeze to remove excess juices.

5. Combine the egg mixture, carrot, zucchini, apple and flour mixture and stir well.

6. Spoon mixture into prepared tin. Smooth the top.

7. Bake for 50mins or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave to sit in tin for 10 mins before turning out onto a wire rack to cool. Slice and serve lightly buttered if desired.

I hope you enjoy this bad boy as much as we will. Unfortunately, I'm not allowed to have any until tomorrow, when the guests arrive :(

Until next time

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