Sunday afternoon...the sun is shining...laundry is done...bread is proofing...hubby content...all caught up on my Danish dramas...what to do!?
I hadn't planned on baking cakes this weekend...it was (meant to be) all about the yeast...but then I got caught with a MAJOR case of the boreds. Bored bored bored...nothing to watch on tv...the book I am reading is horrible...nothing to knit...nothing nothing nothing to do (well I guess I could have scrubbed the grout in the bathroom)...so I wandered into the kitchen and aimlessly flipped through the most recent edition of delicious magazine...bored bored bored...carrot cake!! I have about 2kg of carrots in my crisper drawer just screaming to be used...so out they came...and then it was time to get creative! And I mean it!!
The recipe that caught my eye was Paul Hollywood's...but...there were a few things that I was missing from the ingredient list...so I used my honed 21st Century Urban Housewife skills and adapted the recipe to what I happened to have in the cupboard (which was pretty much bare!...poor urban mother hubbard)!
Self Raising Flour became 1/3 white flour, 1/3 whole wheat and 1/3 rye flour
1tsp baking powder became 1 1/2 heaping tsps
Nuts became sultanas
Satsuma zest became orange and lemon zest
I went a bit heavier on the mixed spice and ginger and less on the cinnamon
I upped the oil by 25ml because of the whole wheat and rye flours
I was tempted to throw in some wheat germ...but stopped there...
Once cooled I mixed up some icing sugar and milk and gave it a quick glaze, which makes the top have a nice crunch.
You know what?! It is pretty darn good if I do say so myself! When I eat it I feel super smug...smug because wholewheat and rye flours make it feel healthy...smug because I adapted the recipe to suit my needs...smug because it turned out...and smug because it is all MINE!