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Carrot Ring Recipe ~ Perfect for Dinner Parties


Carrot Ring Recipe - Perfect for Dinner Parties | Future Expat

I fell in love with Carrot Ring the first time my Mom made it when I was a teenager.

When I went off to college, it was one of the recipes I requested for my brand new recipe box. I made it for my college roommates once, but I refused to let them in the kitchen to watch me make it…it just looks really gross when you mix together the baby food carrots and shortening but haven’t yet added the flour.

I don’t normally cook with shortening but this recipe is one that is worth it. Now that Crisco sells trans-fat free versions, I feel much better about making this tasty recipe for a special occasion.

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A couple of things you need to know:

  • Yes, you must use baby food in this recipe. Don’t try to use fresh or frozen carrots unless you already know who to make your own baby food.
  • Yes, you must use shortening. It won’t kill you once in a while.
  • This recipe will puff up while baking and then flatten out as soon as you take it out of the oven. Make sure you go straight to the dinner table as soon as it comes out of the oven. While it tastes fine leftover the next day, the look and texture changes and you’ll want it piping hot from the oven for your guests.

Carrot Ring Recipe - Perfect for a Dinner Party | Future Expat

I have always used a plain ring mold for this recipe, but you can also make it in fancy muffin tins for a prettier presentation. Just reduce the cooking time…when I made these muffins, they were a bit overcooked.

Carrot Ring Recipe - Perfect for a Dinner Party | Future Expat Carrot Ring Recipe - Perfect for a Dinner Party | Future ExpatPhoto Credits – Mersaydees via Food.com

I posted this recipe on Food.com a few years ago and one of the reviewers made it in a bundt pan. It looked really pretty that way. I don’t have a bundt pan and I’m not going to buy one for just this recipe since I never bake cakes. If you do make a lot of cakes, then I recommend purchasing an inexpensive bundt pan for both this recipe and your desserts.

Reviews for Carrot Ring:

Here are some of the reviews on my Food.com Carrot Ring posting:

This was festive! It was also very quick to prepare. Made for Make it Healthier game; since I’m an organic cook, the only changes I made is that I used organic carrot baby food, organic shortening (no trans fats), an organic egg, and organic all-purpose flour. I followed this recipe to the letter, and although I made organic substitutes, it still turned out more muffiny than soufflé, so I think the leftovers will be very appetizing tomorrow.

I never thought I would be in the grocery store buying baby food. This was really good. Thanks for the recipe. I increased the cinnamon; only because I always increase any spice.

This is so delicious! Even my 3 yo loved it. I used Earth Balance shortening (no trans fat) & w.w. pastry flour. So easy to make and easy to serve too. Thanks, Karen!

SEE ALSO: Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffins

Carrot Ring Ingredients:

Carrot Ring Recipe - Perfect for a Dinner Party | Future Expat

  • 12 ounces carrot baby food (junior or Stage 3, do NOT use fresh/frozen carrots)
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

Skip down to the bottom of this post to get the printable recipe card with nutritional information.

Carrot Ring Recipe - Perfect for a Dinner Party | Future Expat

Start by putting your shortening and sugar in a large bowl. The batter is going to splatter as you mix it up…so you’ll appreciate having a bowl with steep sides if you have one.

Carrot Ring Recipe - Perfect for a Dinner Party | Future Expat

Carrot Ring Recipe - Perfect for a Dinner Party | Future Expat

Use an electric mixer to combine the sugar and shortening, and then add the beaten egg.

Carrot Ring Recipe - Perfect for a Dinner Party | Future Expat

Next add the baby food carrots.

Carrot Ring Recipe - Perfect for a Dinner Party | Future Expat

Yes, I know this looks disgusting at this point.

Carrot Ring Recipe - Perfect for a Dinner Party | Future Expat

Add all of the dry ingredients to the sifter and sift everything into the bowl on top of the wet mixture.

Carrot Ring Recipe - Perfect for a Dinner Party | Future Expat

Before the sifted flour is incorporated into the wet mixture

Carrot Ring Recipe - Perfect for a Dinner Party | Future Expat

After you combine the wet and dry ingredients using your mixer, spoon the batter into a greased ring mold.

Carrot Ring Recipe - Perfect for a Dinner Party | Future Expat

Then smooth out the top with your spatula.

Carrot Ring Recipe - Perfect for a Dinner Party | Future Expat

Bake for 45 minutes in an oven preheated to 375º. As soon as it is finished, place your serving plate on top of the mold and turn it over. You’ll want to wipe up the crumbs…I apparently forgot to do that before I took the picture.

Slice the carrot ring using a sharp knife or it will smash down. The outside gets a nice crust and the inside has a wet muffiny texture.

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Carrot Ring Recipe ~ Perfect for Dinner Parties

From Future Expat | Side Dishes

Carrot Ring is the perfect vegetable side dish for your fancy dinner party. With the wet muffin texture and crusty edges, even the kids will like it.

See step-by-step directions with pictures: http://futureexpat.com/2014/04/carrot-ring-recipe/

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00:45

cal Calories 220kcal

High fat Total Fat 13g

sat fat Saturated Fat 3g

chol Cholesterol 16mg

sodium Sodium 206mg

carbs Total Carbohydrate 23g

Serving size 70g Calories from fat 121kcal Fiber 1g Protein 2g Sugar 10g
12 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces carrot baby food (junior or Stage 3, do NOT use fresh/frozen carrots)
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream shortening and sugar with an electric mixer.
  3. Add beaten egg.
  4. Add carrots. Beat well.
  5. Sift dry ingredients and add to carrot mixture.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes in a very well greased ring mold.
  7. Turn over onto a serving platter and serve immediately.

Tips

  • Cut into slices with a sharp knife so the carrot ring doesn’t smash down.

 


2 Responses

  1. Carol says:

    I want to use butter…I know you say to used just use shortening but I was wondering if anyone ever told you they used butter. Also, I am going to use brown sugar. I will let you know my results.

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