Carrot Quick Bread

This title is deceiving.  I should warn you that although it is the time of year when new memberships rise at your local gym, when people are promising a new lease to their bodies, when 8 glasses of water a day seems like a walk in the park..you might be thinking: “good for you Isabelle, a healthy snack to share with us”  Well you are wrong, this has nothing to do with health, new year or being “good”.  This is a typical Isabelle indulgence on a lazy day trying to satisfy my sweet cravings….without too much effort!

Here’s my idea: quick bread (because I am lazy) and carrot cake (because I am lazy and redundant….that’s what’s in my fridge)…..and a whole lotta of glaze!

see....a WHOLE lotta of glaze

Inspired by Food Network: Carrot Bread with Hazelnuts, Coconut and Cream Cheese Glaze

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup shredded carrots (about 2-3 carrots)

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

2 eggs

1/2 cup butter at room temperature

1/3 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream Cheese Citrus glaze (optional)

How to:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray or butter a loaf pan and set aside.

In a large bowl combine your flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and ground cloves.  Set aside.

In your mixer cream your butter.  Add your sugar and your eggs (one at time mixing well between each additions).  Add your buttermilk.  Add your flour mixture at once and mix until just blended.  Using a spatula or wooden spoon add your carrots and dried cranberries.   Pour into your prepared pan and bake in your preheated oven for 35-40 minutes.

oven ready

fresh out of the oven

Citrus Cream Cheese Glaze

Ingredients:

1 cup confectioner sugar

3 tablespoon cream cheese (room temperature)

Zest and Juice 1 lemon

How to:

Mix everything together and let is cover the bread madness!

hello my sweet friend!

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Note: yes this bread is fairly healthy…but more important: it is DELICIOUS!  That’s all folks!

Peace and Bing Bam Boom,

Isabelle