Thursday, 16 December 2010

# 25 Carrot Christmas Cakes

This year the children at A's school are having an international Christmas and have been learning about the Christmas traditions of other countries. His class did Sweden and Portugal and I offered to make some traditional Portuguese Christmas cakes. Judging by the empty box and the fact that most children had seconds I'd say my carrot cakes went down well.

Here's the recipe if you'd like to try them.

1 kg carrots
0,5 kg plain flour
0,5 kg sugar
4 eggs
Zest of an orange
2 teaspoons Port wine
2 teaspoons baking powder

Peel and cook the carrots until they are soft enough to mash. When cooking the carrots add a little cinnamon and mixed spices.
After you've mashed up the carrots drain them as much as possible by placing them in a clean tea towel and twisting it to get rid of the liquid.

In a bowl mix all the ingredients and then fry spoonfuls of the dough until they are golden in colour. Remove them from the frying pan and sprinkle with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. The frying oil should not be too hot as otherwise the cakes will not cook all the way through.

Enjoy :-)