Spring, want to outdoor snacks in the park, of picnic with the family Sunday, of breakfast on the veranda. And what is it that goes perfectly with all these situations? There Carrots pie! Soft, naturally sweet, in a word delicious, carrot cake is simple to make, and above all it appeals to adults, but above all to children, palates more complicated to satisfy. And then, the protagonist is the carrot, ubiquitous vegetable on our tables, but typical of the summer: in addition to the famous ones tanning properties, thanks to the beta-carotene reserves, is also rich in vitamins and fiber, able to rebalance the intestinal flora.
However, there is not a single carrot cake, but a multitude of variants: to the basic recipe you can add dried fruit, but also delicious creams. Don't believe it? Read below!
Carrot cake: basic recipe
To cook the carrot cake, it is obviously necessary carrots, but also type 00 flour, almonds and hazelnuts, as well as eggs and sugar. Start this way: after having mounted the egg yolks in foam, combining them with the sugar, peel the carrots and grate them, mixing the mixture obtained with the beaten egg yolks, and the almond and hazelnut flours. At this point, add the whipped egg whites and finally the 00 flour and starch, taking care to mix from the bottom upwards, so as to incorporate more air into the mixture, to make it softer. Pour everything into a hinged mold that you have already buttered and baked for 50 minutes at 180 degrees. Here's your carrot cake. Now you can enjoy the variations!
Carrots and nuts cake
The hazelnuts they marry perfectly with carrots. In addition to using hazelnut flour, hazelnuts can also be added, reduced to grains, when it is time to add the egg whites. You will get a soft dough, but with a crunchy note. This version is usually very popular with children.
Carrot cake with pea ice cream
Do you want a fresh and curious dessert, perfect for the warm season? Propose this carrot cake in a gourmet way. After removing the basic carrot cake, trim the edges with a ring to obtain a circumference of 19 cm in diameter. Do not remove the ring, but keep it as a levee, to distribute previously prepared pea ice cream on the surface. Such as? Just boil the peas in milk for 10 minutes with 60 g of water, a vanilla pod and sugar. Once boiled, whisk them, strain them, add the cream and pour into the ice cream maker.
Carrot cake with cheese cream
Here the highlight is the cheese cream, with which to garnish the carrot cake. How to get it? Get some spreadable cheese, to mix with icing sugar and lemon juice. Then, use it to decorate the cake. A simple but effective dessert.
Coffee carrot cake
The coffee, slightly bitter, creates a nice contrast with the sweetness of carrots. Also in this case, following the basic recipe, the trick is to add the secret ingredient – or coffee – before the egg-whites beaten. Attention, however, to the quantity and type: they are 4 bags of freeze-dried coffee.
Carrot and yogurt cake
The yogurt has the ability to make the dough even softer and more delicate, if possible. After mixing egg yolks and sugar, add the yogurt, then the carrot puree, egg whites and all the other ingredients. After taking it out of the oven, let it cool and serve it in slices, with a knob of whipped cream: your children will love it!