Many Twitter fans of Rosanne Cash have asked that she share her recipe for Quinoa Flour Carrot Cake. I am blessed and honored she chose me to post her photo and recipe. The recipe follows here, in her own words.
Quinoa Flour Carrot Cake
2 cups quinoa flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 to 1 1/2 cups sugar (I only use 1 cup and it is plenty sweet.)
1 cup oil (I use sunflower or safflower as canola and olive have too strong a taste.)
4 eggs, beaten
1 can (12-14 oz.) crushed pineapple
2 cups grated carrots
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup walnuts
I have had this list of ingredients scrawled in the front of my recipe book for decades, with no instructions on sifting, blending or the order in which ingredients should be added. So I just put it all together and mix really well with a wooden spoon, and it always turns out fine.
Bake at 350°F for one hour in a greased and floured Bundt pan. If a fork doesn’t come out clean when you test it, cook another 10 minutes.
Cream Cheese frosting (optional)
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 cup butter
8 oz. cream cheese
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Soften butter, beat all ingredients together until smooth.
Homemade For the Holidays
The cake in the photo looks like the sort of home cooked deliciousness most Americans are looking forward to eating on Thanksgiving. I would argue that the cream cheese frosting is not optional. Without frosting it would just be bread or a very big muffin, no?
I hope everyone has a lovely Thanksgiving. I am spending the holiday with my loved ones and enjoying the blessings of the season. Lots of turkey, candied yams, and pumpkin pie. I haven’t decided what sort of quinoa to prepare and bring to my mother’s for the big feast.
I wish I had heard of this quinoa carrot cake recipe before I made my last trip to the grocery store. As it is, I refuse to go back out for quinoa flour. The stores are busy and we probably have more pies than we need for tomorrow already.
[Note: here is a link to the cupcakes I made with this recipe.]
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