Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #23
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Beth here: I am excited to introduce to you author Hillary Manton Lodge. Hillary has written a delightful and foody-fun series of books with Waterbrook Multnomah culminating with this third and final book, Together at the Table. Isn’t the cover lovely? I want to sit down and be part of whatever delicious meal and fun conversation is coming next. Hillary has put together a fun blog post for us with a special recipe that’s the the perfect treat for this coming-into-summer season. I just might be breaking out my cake pans when the Scavenger Hunt party is over because my husband loves carrot cake! Gluten free for me, of course. 😉
About the book:
In a bittersweet series of events, her mother’s health took a turn for the worse. Juliette and her brother opened their restaurant together to rave reviews, but her romance with Memphis immunologist Neil McLaren ended in anger and tears.
As autumn sweeps into the Pacific Northwest, Juliette feels that she’s finally on the cusp of equilibrium. The restaurant continues to thrive, and her family is closer than ever. She and sous-chef Adrien are seeing each other, both in and out of the kitchen. Just when she thinks her world might stop spinning, a trip to the waterfront lands a familiar face into her path.
Rather than dwell on her personal life, Juliette throws herself into work and research. After reading her grandmother’s letters from war-torn Paris, she still wants to know the full story – and she’ll travel across countries and oceans to find it.
But even Juliette can’t outrun the man who stole her heart. As she finally uncovers the truth about her family history, what will it mean for her own chances at lasting love?
With spring upon us, I’ve wanted to post a carrot cake recipe for some time. Life got in the way, as it does, but I was excited to get my hands onto this project when the time came.
Reader, it was bad. The first batch stuck to the pans, creating a mess of crumbs that, well, I’m still nibbling on. The oven – despite the dial thinking it was the right temperature – was super hot, the cakes baking in a third of the time. Oh, and I was playing with a different frosting, and it split badly.
So I went out to the grocery store, bought more pineapple and oil, and set to work again. This time I lined the tins, which worked like a dream. I set the oven a hundred degrees lower, but you know what? It was still crazy hot. I have an oven thermometer coming to me, but I’ve used ovens long enough to know what 350 is supposed to feel like, and it wasn’t that.
I experimented with turning the oven off and on, cracking the door open – well, let’s just say that your cakes will likely rise better than mine. But, even dense, they are delicious! Sweet and tangy from the pineapple, topped with a cream cheese frosting made richer with sour cream..
For the Cake:
1 cup all-purpose flour 4 eggs
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour ¾ cup white sugar
2 tsps cinnamon ½ cup dark brown sugar
½ tsp nutmeg 1 cup canola oil
¾ tsp ground ginger 3 cups carrots, peeled and grated
1 tsp sea salt 8 oz fresh pineapple
2 tsps baking powder ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted
1 ½ tsps baking so ½ cup chopped pecans, toasted
½ cup butter, at room temperature
12 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
8 oz sour cream, at room temperature
¾ powdered sugar, 1 cup if you like things sweeter.
1 tsp vanilla or vanilla bean paste
- Line three 9-inch cake tins with parchment paper. The easiest way to do this is to trace the bottom of the cake tin with pencil onto the paper, cut one, and use that one as a template for the next two. Butter and flour the paper, tapping out the excess flour. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Sift the flours, spices, salt, and rising agents together in a medium-sized bowl.
- In a stand mixer, beat the eggs together until they’re pale and frothy. Add the sugar, and beat for another two minutes. With the mixer running, add the canola oil, followed by the carrots and pineapple.
- Divide the batter into the three cake tins. If you’re interested in being exact, weigh the cake tins with a kitchen scale and adjust the amounts until they’re equal (this is easier to do with grams than in ounces). Bake the cakes for 35-40 minutes, or until browned and the sides are pulling away.
- While the cake bakes, you can make the frosting. Beat the butter, cream cheese, sour cream, and vanilla together. With the mixer on slow, add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth and yummy.
- Allow to cool on wire racks until the cakes are completely cool to touch. Once cooled, invert each cake onto a separate plate.
- To frost, place the first layer bottom-side-up onto your serving plate or cake plate. Spoon a generous amount of frosting onto the first layer, and spread it evenly. Repeat with the second layer, placing a thicker layer of frosting onto the topmost layer.
- Sprinkle the toasted coconut and pecans over the top. I chose stripes, but you’re welcome to use whatever design you enjoy! Enjoy with friends – this cake makes about 8 servings.
Fun tip: If you’re like me and you really love toasted coconut, sprinkle extra coconut on top, after frosting each layer.
Hillary Manton Lodge is the author of Together at the Table, Reservations for Two, A Table by the Window, an INSPY Award Finalist, Plain Jayne, a Carol Award Finalist, and Simply Sara, an ECPA Bestselling book. Her next novel, Jane of Austin, will release in 2017 from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers.
Here’s the Stop # 23 Skinny:
Clue to Write Down: Meaning
Link to Stop #24, the Next Stop on the Loop: Hillary Manton Lodge’s own site!
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