Carrot Spice Cake

IMG_4342Some weeks ago we went to Borough Market and had this amazing Carrot Spice Cake with coconut. Decided to give it a go and, last weekend, baked my own! It wasn’t exactly as the one from the market but it was really good and moist inside.

I baked a cake with some cream cheese frosting and some plain cupcakes. Both were delicious! The recipe under is solely for one cake.

Carrot Spice Cake

  • 150 g of flour
  • 1 tea spoon of baking powder
  • 3/4 tea spoon of baking soda
  • 1 tea spoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tea spoon of ground nutmeg
  • 225 g of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 275 g of carrots
  • 1/3 tin of crushed pineapple (total used: 144 g net)
  • 100 g of chopped walnuts (reserve some to decorate)
  • 40 g of flaked coconut
  1. Pre-heat the oven at 170ºC.
  2. In a bowl mix the flour, the baking powder, the baking soda, the cinnamon and the nutmeg.
  3. In a large bowl mix the sugar with the eggs and the oil. Add the flour mix, stirring well.
  4. Peel the carrots and grate them thinly. Add it to the batter.IMG_4226
  5. Add the pineapple, the walnuts and the coconut and mix well.IMG_4235
  6. Grease a cake tin (20 cm / 8”) with butter and sprinkle with flour. Pour the cake dough into the tin and cook in the oven for approximately 35 minutes. Note that the cake will be quite moist inside and will gain some additional consistency after cooling down. IMG_4238
  7. Serve simple or with some cream cheese frosting (recipe under).

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 9 tbsp of cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp of butter at room temperature
  • 12 tbsp of icing sugar
  • 1 tea spoon of vanilla essence
  • crushed walnut and flaked coconut to decorate
  1. In a bowl mix the cream cheese, the butter, the sugar and the vanilla. Whisk well until you get a smooth and glowing frosting.
  2. When the cake has completely cooled down, using a spatula, cover the top of the cake with the frosting. You can be creative here!
  3. Sprinkle the frosting with some crushed walnuts and flaked coconut.
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Spinach & Cheese Crêpes

IMG_1013My sister is a bit of a fussy eater and, as years went by, she developed a taste for more healthy food. This is something very odd in my family… Being Portuguese we typically love our meat and rich sauces.

Surprisingly, my mom adjusted a bit to these tastes and started cooking a vast range of vegetarian food. This dish is inspired on one of my mom’s dishes.

 

Spinach and Cheese Crêpes (serves 4)

  • 100 g of flour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  • 1 egg
  • butter
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 tbsp of olive oil
  • 500 g of spinach baby leaves
  • 300 g of cottage cheese (in Portugal use requeijão)
  • 100 g of walnuts
  • salt and pepper
  1. In a bowl mix the flour with the milk, the melted butter and the egg. Make sure the dough is smooth by using the food processor, if needed.
  2. Grease a 20 cm non-stick frying pan with a small portion of butter. Heat the frying pan in medium fire and, after approximately 30 seconds, pour one ladle of dough on the frying pan. Make sure the dough covers the bottom of the frying pan by gently swirling the frying pan. The dough will immediately start to cook covering the base of the pan.IMG_0938
  3.  Let it cook until the crêpe separates from the frying pan when you swirl it gently. The base of the crêpe will look cooked with some golden bits. Flip the crêpe around and let it cook until the two sides of the crêpe are completely cooked.IMG_0944
  4. Repeat until you are out of dough. Place each crêpe in its serving plate.
  5. Peel and slice the garlic clove. In a frying pan cook the garlic with the olive oil in low fire. IMG_0964
  6. When the garlic becomes golden, add the washed spinach baby leaves. Season with salt and pepper. Stir gently making sure the spinach cooks evenly. They will become darker and tender.IMG_0972
  7. Place the cooked spinach in a bowl. Discard any excess grease left on the frying pan.
  8. Add the cottage cheese and the slightly broken walnuts to the spinach. Season and mix well. Save some walnuts and cottage cheese to decorate.IMG_0994
  9. Fill the center part of the crêpes with the spinach and cheese mixture. Close the crêpes by folding first one side in and then the other. Decorate with some cottage cheese and walnuts.