Everything is better in mini form. These cinnamon, ginger, and clove spiced Mini Carrot Loaves are perfect with a cup of coffee, tea, or a glass of milk. Keep these in mind for Easter treats!
When my favorite shows were off the air during the winter TV hiatus, I watched a couple of programs I have not viewed before. One was Kids Baking Championship on the Food Network. Have you ever seen it? I was quite impressed with the amazing little bakers who competed on the show. Not only were they adorable and incredibly talented, but they were also precocious, creative, and smart. These competitive 10-13 year olds can think on the fly and run circles around me in the kitchen. The amount of knowledge and skills the baking prodigies acquired in their young lives is nothing short of impressive. The winner went home with a $25,000 grand prize. Not bad, huh? But I did find it heartbreaking when they got eliminated: it's tough to see kids cry after they have given their all.
Inspired by the young kitchen rock stars, I decided to do a little baking. Since I almost missed the last holiday and posted a Valentines dessert on Valentine's Day, I decided to get a head start on baking for Easter. It is only a month away and will be here before we know it!
These mini carrot loaves are fragrant and moist. Vegetable oil, applesauce, and sour cream provide plenty of moisture. To further ensure perfect results, do not over bake. Remove the bread from the oven when a toothpick comes out with crumbs attached. If a toothpick comes out clean, chances are the carrot loaf is going to be over cooked.
The carrot frosting embellishments are optional. You can make them using the recipe given or store bought frosting. I piped the carrots freehand using regular zip lock bags. To be frank, I have done very little piping. So if you too are inexperienced, don't be hesitant try. I used this video to learn the technique. Be warned: the guy sounds a bit creepy but the video is helpful. Piping the carrots was fun! Of course, if you don't want to follow the video, do it any way you want...or not at all.
Have a fantastic week, and as Jacques Pepin would say, "Happy Cooking"!