Carrot Bread


Carrot bread


Carrot bread is a delightful twist on traditional quick bread, offering a sweet and moist treat with the added nutritional benefits of carrots. This delicious bread is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as a satisfying snack any time of day. Packed with grated carrots, warm spices, and crunchy pecans, carrot bread is sure to become a favorite in your baking repertoire.

Why Make Carrot Bread

Carrot bread is a wonderful way to incorporate vegetables into your diet while indulging in a tasty baked treat. With its tender crumb and delightful flavor, carrot bread offers a comforting and satisfying eating experience. Plus, it’s a great way to use up any excess carrots you may have on hand.

How to Make Carrot Bread

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  2. Prepare Dry Ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, ginger, and ground nutmeg.
  3. Mix Wet Ingredients: In a large bowl, stir together the eggs, vegetable oil, grated apple, grated carrots, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and chopped pecans.
  4. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients: Gradually stir the flour mixture into the carrot mixture until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  5. Bake the Bread: Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Avoid overbaking to maintain moisture.
  6. Cool the Bread: Allow the bread to cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5-7 minutes. Carefully invert the pan onto the wire rack and gently roll the bread over. Let it cool completely for 2-3 hours before slicing.

Serving Suggestions

Enjoy carrot bread slices on their own, spread with butter or cream cheese, or alongside a hot cup of tea or coffee for a delightful snack or breakfast option.

Storage Info

Store leftover carrot bread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, wrap the cooled bread tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil, then freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw slices as needed at room temperature or gently reheat in the oven.

Some Techniques or Tips

  • Use freshly grated carrots for the best flavor and texture in the bread.
  • Adjust the amount of spices according to your preference for a more or less spicy flavor profile.
  • Allow the bread to cool completely before slicing to prevent it from crumbling.


Experiment with add-ins such as raisins, shredded coconut, or chopped walnuts for additional flavor and texture variations in your carrot bread.

FAQs about Carrot Bread

  1. Can I use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour? Yes, you can substitute whole wheat flour for all or part of the all-purpose flour for a heartier texture. Keep in mind that the bread may be denser as a result.
  2. Can I omit the nuts from the recipe? Absolutely! Feel free to omit the chopped pecans if you prefer a nut-free version of carrot bread. Alternatively, you can substitute them with sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds for added crunch.
  3. Can I add cream cheese frosting to the carrot bread? While carrot cake is often topped with cream cheese frosting, carrot bread is typically enjoyed plain or with a light spread of butter or cream cheese. However, you can certainly drizzle a simple cream cheese glaze over the cooled bread if desired.

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