Melrose Baking

Carrot cake

225g carrots grated[2 med] 110g soft brown sugar [1/2 cups], 110g golden syrup [1/2cups] 110ml oil, 225g flour [ 2 cups].1 tbsp baking powder, 1tsp bicarb of soda, 1 tbsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp mixed spice, 1 tsp nutmeg.

Mix altogether and cook at gasmark 3. 60-80 mins

Morroccan Stew for approx 20 adults and 20 children
6 onions, 2 kg carrots, 2 kg parsnips, 2 butternut squash, 4 tins chickpeas [450g tins for all] 5 tins sweetcorn, 8 tins chopped toms, tube garlic, tube tomato puree, cinnamon, ginger, coriander, cumin, turmeric, pot harrissa. 1kg dried apricots and 500g sultanas pureed [in advance and frozen]
fry off onions with half of each of the spice packets [? about 3 or 4 tbsp each] and half jar of harrissa. when fired sweat with a couple glasses red wine. The add all chunky chopped veg and all other ingredients, including good squirt of the tomato puree and the premade fruit puree. Cook for approx 1 hour, adding water to make right consistency. Bit of chopped coriander on top at the end. It took 2 big youth hostel pans, so I had harrissa in only one fo them.
couscous was approx 3kg, but there was spare, though we did do 1kg rice [too much – next time for same number prob 2.5kg couscous and 500g rice. Approx price per head was 1.50 adults and ?1 child [though actually a bit cheaper than that so extra money went into kitty, prob 1.25 adult and 75p child]

7 responses to “Melrose Baking

  1. Must try these recipes they sound delicious.

  2. Oooh 2 great vegan recipes! Thank you! Might try the cake this week. Two lots of ginger in the Moroccan stew then?

  3. rofl, no, just one!! should have been cumin – just editing!

  4. I feel really embarassed. I’ve read (and enjoyed – thank you for sharing!)your bog for ages… and now I’m de-lurking with just about thew most rubbish question imaginable! Still, needs must so…. Would you mind telling me please what size tin you cook the carrot cake in? Thank you!

  5. well, either a standard loaf tin, or a smallish square

  6. Thank you! I need to take a snack to Playgroup this week and this looks like it would fit the bill nicely… thank you for replying.

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