This was just too cool to leave out of the food section of this website! It is a type of sweet bread, like banana bread, only with no banana flavor. It would be amazing with a mug of tea or coffee for breakfast, great as a snack; even as a dessert (make a quick custard sauce to pour over it!).
Needs to be premade at home because you need a decent-sized oven.
Because it lasts for weeks it’s a great thing to take camping with you as it needs no refrigeration.
You will need:
6 wide-mouthed pint canning jars
6 sets of lids and rings to match
2 2/3 cups sugar
2/3 cup vegetable shortening
4 large eggs
2/3 cup water
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups grated carrot
3 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. baking soda
1 cup raisins
1 cup walnuts
Preheat the oven to 325° F. Cream sugar and shortening together until fluffy; beat in eggs, one at a time until well blended. Beat in water and vanilla; add carrots. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients together and add gradually to the wet mixture, mixing all the while. Turn off beater and mix in walnuts and raisins by hand until just blended and set aside.
Take jars and grease inside of each jar well (do not grease rims). Fill each jar with approx. 1 cup batter; do not overfill. Place all jars on a cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the jars from the oven and, wearing oven mitts, use a cloth or paper towel to carefully wipe the rims. Top each jar with lid and ring and allow to cool. The jars will seal. Bread lasts for weeks.
Options: You can substitute 2 cups of mashed bananas or two cups of chopped apple in place of the grated carrot. Makes 6 pints.