Carrot Apple Loaf – with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Apple Loaf

Carrot Apple Loaf

This Carrot Apple Loaf was so delicious that it was very hard to stop at one … okay two slices! It was moist and full of flavour, contained very little sugar and doesn’t have nuts in the main recipe (we used nuts to decorate but for anyone with allergies, you can use chocolate or citrus zest instead).

Carrots and apples both have a high fibre content and nutritional density. Carrots contain beta carotene, but both are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

 

Ingredients  (This is a Thermomix Recipe).

• 300g carrots (peeled and roughly chopped)
• 3 large apples (peeled and quartered)
• 140g butter
• 100g sugar
• 3 eggs
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp ground nutmeg
• 2 tsp ground cinnamon
• 1 tsp ground cardamom
• 180g plain flour

ICING
• 60g icing sugar
• 1 250g block cream cheese

 

How to Make Carrot Apple Loaf

1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees C.
2. Add the carrots and apple to the Thermomix and chop for 5 seconds, speed 6. Scrape down the sides and repeat if necessary. Transfer to a separate bowl.
3. Add the butter and sugar and beat for 15-20 seconds on speed 4. Scrape down the sides and repeat 2 or 3 times until the mixture is light and fluffy.
4. Add the eggs and beat for 30 seconds, speed 5.
6. Insert the butterfly.
7. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, baking powder and flour and fold together for 10 seconds on speed 2.
8. Squeeze out and discard the excess liquid from the carrots and apples and then add them to the bowl. Fold them into the mixture for a further 10 seconds, speed 2.
9. Pour the mixture into a lined loaf tin and bake for 45 minutes or until well risen and golden brown on top.
10. Allow to cool completely before icing.

ICING
14. Add the cream cheese and icing sugar to the bowl and mix for 20 seconds, speed 4.
15. Spread over the loaf and decorate with walnuts or flaked chocolate or orange / lemon zest.

 

This recipe made by a GPAH patient who slightly modified the recipe by MrsDplus3. Click on their link for the original recipe.

The doctors and staff of GP After Hours Mount Lawley, accepted a food challenge last year for Mental Health Week. The challenge was to look after their mental health and wellbeing by finding healthier (but still tasty) food alternatives that we could all enjoy. Read about our Food Challenge  here.