Monday, February 3, 2014

Brilliant Brunch: Carrot Bread with Cream Cheese Swirl

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When I got an email a few weeks ago from Eggland's Best eggs, I couldn't help but be a little excited.  First off, I had no eggs in the house so a free dozen, or two, was going to come in handy.  And also, February is heart healthy month and John and I have been doing our best to be heart healthy thus far.  Super Bowl aside, of course.

I never knew why Eggland's Best were called that so I was thankful for their introduction and thought you guys might be, too.  According to ordinary eggs, Eggland's Best have 10 times more Vitamin E, 4 times more Vitamin D, 3 times more Vitamin B12, 2 times the Omega-3s, 25% less saturated fat, and 38% more lutein.  Lutein?  I had never heard of it either but apparently it is an antioxidant that helps maintain healthy vision and overall eye health.

Just ask John - I REALLY need more Lutein.  No glasses for this little lady.  Anyway, Eggland's Best is also offering a READER GIVEAWAY!!!!!  One lucky winner will receive 2 coupons, each for 1 dozen free eggs (no expiration date!), a cute Eggland's Best Egg stuffed animal, and a $25 Visa Gift Card...to go buy your own ingredients to make something yummy (and heart healthy, too)!  Plus, just for writing this post, they've donated $25 to the American Heart Association.  It makes my heart feel warm and fuzzy to know that companies are donating their money just because little old me wrote a blog post!


Carrot Bread with Cream Cheese Swirl
Serves:  8-12 (2 large loaves)
Bread:
3/4 pounds carrots
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 tablespoon cinnamon
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup raisins

Cream Cheese Swirl: 

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup milk

Carrot Bread:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease two 9x4 loan pans and set aside.  Peel the carrots and grate them until you have about 2 1/2 cups.  Set aside. 

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon.  Set aside.

In another bowl, beat eggs about 1 minute, until frothy.  Gradually add the sugar, and beat 3-4 minutes, until the batter is thick but light-colored.  Slowly add oil and vanilla extract.  Add the flour mixture and beat until just incorporated.  With a large spoon or spatula, fold in the carrots and raisins.  Evenly divide the batter between the two prepared pans.  Then make the swirl. 


Cream Cheese Swirl: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, vanilla, sugar, and milk.  The mix should be thick but pourable.  Pour half of the mixture over one pan, in a straight line, and half the mixture over the other loaf pan.  Using a knife, "swirl" the cream cheese into the carrot mixture.   

Bake for 35-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  


Sorry!  Giveaway has ended :( Congrats to Laura from Tide and Thyme who won a great package from Eggland's Best!


Until the next time my oven is on...



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