Sunday, May 12, 2013

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Homemade Frozen Yogurt

I made yogurt yesterday.  I heat the milk to 180ºF in a double boiler, then cool it quickly to 110ºF in sink of cold water. Add some yogurt from the previous batch and put in the machine to ferment. I have the Yolife with the high lid so I am able to make 2 one liter jars and 1 500ml jar at the same time. I gave a jar to Kevin the gardener who loves lots of yogurt and works for free. I'll make him all the yogurt he wants! He phoned later to ask what to add to the yogurt, it's too sour.  Sugar, start with 3/4 cup in a liter of yogurt. Then add more till it tastes the way you like. He hasn't called back so presumably he succeeded.

To turn the yogurt into frozen yogurt add one cup of sugar, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, 2 cups yogurt, 1 cup milk and 1 packet gelatin.  The gelatin has to be sprinkled in a quarter cup cold liquid then the same amount of boiling water is added to dissolve the gelatin. Then add the gelatin to the ice cream maker. Churn the yogurt.

The carrot cake was a half recipe from a 13x9 cake. I lined a bread pan with parchment then:

Carrot Cake

1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 large or 2 small eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup drained crushed pineapple (I used chunks)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Mix the wet ingredients, then the dry.  Put in a 350ºF oven for 40 minutes.  Test for doneness with a toothpick. Only crumbs, not batter, should be on the toothpick.

Cream Cheese Frosting

3/4 cup (250gm  1/2lb) cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup icing sugar

Cream the warmed butter and cheese.  Add vanilla, then sift in icing sugar and beat till fluffy. Cut the cake in half horizontally and fill with layer of frosting.  Replace top piece and frost with remaining icing. 

Fern says it's the best carrot cake I've ever made and the best he's ever tasted. I know that's hyperbole but it does mean he likes it. The frozen yogurt is light with a lemony tang. It washes the cream cheese icing down leaving the mouth clean for the next bite. This is a perfect example of two components working together to deliver more than either could alone.

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