What a great, unusual flavor to this bread! I was intrigued by the chile powder and carrot pairing, and boy, am I ever glad I made this. My food processor made quick work of grating the carrots and grinding the pine nuts (BTW, 5 ounces of pine nuts is going to yield about 1 1/2 cups ground). I made the recipe exactly as directed except I added the oil mix to the flour because of a bowl shortage. It cooked for exactly 1 hour, and the edges crisped up nicely with all the ground nuts. This is really more of a dessert bread in my opinion, and would be sensational with a sweetened cream cheese (maybe with maple and raisins in it?). This would also be a great bread to tuck into a mexican-themed gift basket (both pine nuts and chile powder are mexican), or at the end of a mexican meal. I just had a piece for breakfast, and it was just great. It does have a bit of a crumbly texture, so I don't know if I'd put it in the toaster, but it would be great toasted lightly in the oven or a toaster oven. Really delicious bread, Geema. I hope more people try it out for a very satisfying change of pace from the usual dessert breads!
Made muffins instead of a loaf. Baked for 35 minutes. Turned out great! Sweet & spicy. The family loved them.
The flavor and texture of this bread is a real winner! Lizzie-Babette suggested this recipe to me when we met one night for dinner when she was in town on a business trip. It's been in my cookbook ever since and I'm just now getting around to trying it. My only complaint about this bread is that I didn't give it a try earlier. I didn't make any changes to the recipe. Thanks Geema for posting!
This bread is an interesting mix of sweet and spicy. It has wonderful flavor with the natural sweetness of the carrot and the nuttiness; with really just a hint of the pepper laced with cinnamon. Subtle and sophisticated - a a bit different from the expected. I enjoyed mine with a cup of strong black coffee as a finish to a light Mexican meal and had more as breakfast the following day...Definitely something to enjoy again...I may also experiment with adding a bit more chili powder and maybe a pinch of a cocoa in with the cinnamon mix - just to play a bit more with the layers of flavor, it might be interesting to add a bit more heat (a tablespoon may sound like a lot, but it is not at all over-powering here) - Very moist...melt in your mouth texture. I am always drawn to baking recipes that include unusual ingredients and this one is a winner. - Thanks Geema