This is a very nice bread. The carrot adds just a hint of sweetness to it. I think various herbs could be added also, for variations (or different seeds, i.e caraway or sunflower) I let my machine do the hard work, and then did the rises and baking by hand. Baked at 350F for 30 minutes. Thanks for a very versatile recipe that will be made again! Went great with soup. UPDATE: Also made great toast the next day for breakfast!