Big Sur Carrot Tangerine Bread

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

Adapted from Tom Reilly, a staff baker in Esalen Institute’s famous kitchen while he was a Work Scholar and student there for a year and a half. When he introduced this sweet bread recipe from "The Bread Bible" he was besieged with requests to make it often – 30 loaves at a time! I lived off and on at Esalen Institute for several years during the early 70's. oh, the stories I could tell! A little history: Founded in 1962 as an alternative educational center devoted to the exploration of what "Brave New World" author Aldous Huxley called the "human potential," Esalen has attracted free-thinking philosophers, creative artists, top-notch body workers and nervous wrecks in need of Gestalt therapy for the past 40 years.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Grease and flour 2 bread pans.
  3. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  4. Beat eggs and sugar until thick and light colored.
  5. Add oil and beat hard until volume is doubled.
  6. Add vanilla, tangerine juice and zest;
  7. fold in grated carrots.
  8. Stir dry ingredients into wet and continue stirring until smooth and well combined.
  9. You may enhance the flavor by adding ½ cup: shredded coconut, diced dry apricots, raisins or nuts (finely chopped).
  10. Fill pans no more than 2/3 full and bake 50–60 minutes.
  11. Let stand in pans for 10 minutes – cool on sides completely.
  12. Wrap tightly in plastic or place in air-tight plastic bag and let stand at room temperature overnight before slicing – this will retain moistness and extend life. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

Delightful bread! Had to try it, as I love both tangerines and the lovely Big Sur coast!!! Doubled the zest and added in raisins, pecans, and coconut. Served for tea, and it was very well received by all! Made for Flour Power in the Photos Forum, April 2008, great recipe! Thanks Sharon 123!

BecR April 06, 2008

I made this by the recipe except 1/2 it to make one loaf. I also added in all of the extras. This was so yummy and perfect for the cooler weather we are having. Mine took right at 55 minutes and it came out of the oven perfect. Thanks for posting such a yummy recipe!

Pixie's Kitchen October 19, 2007

Nice taste and really pretty loaf. Could have been a bit sopicier for us, next time I will put in some ginger too I think. I did use half Splenda with no problem at all, and half oil, half applesauce. Great texture. Watch the time, my loaves were done at about 40 minutes.

Kasha July 23, 2007