Monday, April 6, 2015

Carrot Raisin Bread

I've made us some Carrot Raisin Bread for our tea today.  Won't you join me for an after Easter Tea?


I'm using one of my painted teacups and matching plate that my late Aunt Kitty gave me as a shower gift.  

My sweet bunny planter was from a friend that passed away.  I love how gifts remind us of those we have lost in our lives.

Don't these carrots look real??  My daughter  sculpted  and painted them when she was in middle school.  I just love them!

I printed off the recipe for Carrot Raisin Bread, from Mimi's Cafe back in 2001.   I'm thankful that I did because they no longer share it on their website.  Have you ever tried their carrot raisin bread?  They put a basket of it on the table, along with their mini french bread, and both are wonderful!  In case you don't have a Mimi's Cafe nearby, you may want to try this fabulous bread.  It's not exactly like what they serve in the restaurant, but it's really good!  I've made mine into mini bundts.  Here's the recipe:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup diced canned pineapple, drained (I use crushed)
1/2 cup raisins  (I used golden raisins this time because that's what I had)
1 cup finely shredded carrots
Sift first five ingredients into a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar and eggs. Stir the liquid mixture into the flour; mix well. Add the next four ingredients; stir again.

Grease and flour a 9-inch square pan or four mini-loaf pans. Fill the pans 2/3 full with batter. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes. Mini-loaves take about 20 minutes.  I love making mini bundts for this.

I am sharing this with:

Thank you for your visit!  xo


  1. I see we both had carrot cake on our mind this Easter Kitty:@) I love your bunny planter it's so cute-Have a great week!

  2. Kitty, I know that you probably are tired of my writing that your post are "charming", but they are! This one is especially charming and adorable. Your sweet bunnies and carrots made me smile and the carrot raisin bread made me hungry. The teacup and plate are wonderful and all of the green is, definitely, all about spring!

  3. That sounds like a delicious recipe, and I LOVE that bunny planter! What fun! Hope you have a great April week.

  4. It's always a pleasure joining you for tea and sweets, my friend :) Your recipe sounds very tasty and your tea cup is stunning! It's perfect for spring and Easter, dear Kitty. Thinking of you, sweet lady! Hugs!

  5. Oh Kitty, we used to go to Mimi's all the time, but with my food sensitivity put the brakes on that. We always like their carrot-raisin bread, but I must say yours are cuter. Glad to have the recipe so I can control the ingredients. I can use grape seed instead of vegetable oil (which is soy).

    Love your tea cup. I like all things feminine.

    Your daughter did a great job with the carrots. I thought they were organic and real. :)

  6. That cake looks delicious! I made carrot cake for Easter, too. And those carrots your daughter made are wonderful, so real-looking. The planter is sweet, too. I love anything with bunnies.
    Painted teacup and plate are gorgeous too. And the bunny pillow in the back -- everything! Thanks for sharing a cozy tea. Blessings to you. xo Deborah

  7. Yum! Your carrot raisin bread looks delicious, Kitty! Your hand painted teacup trio is a lovely gift from your aunt and a real treasure too. The bunny planter and carrots are a fun addition to your tea table today. Thanks for sharing and joining me for tea today.


  8. What a yummy recipe Kitty - seems like the season for carrot related desserts and so perfect for spring! I love your cup and saucer and plate. Very pretty. So glad you shared at Friends Sharing Tea!

  9. What a lovely spot for a sip and bite...I love carrot cake, but sans the raisins. ♥ all the greens you have used, especially the gingham napkin.
    Have a great week, Kitty.

  10. What a charming setting! I love carrot cake, I'm sure to love carrot bread, it's scrumptious looking!

  11. Thanks Kitty for sharing your recipe. I received a mini bundt pan for Christmas and now I finally have a recipe for it. I love carrot cake and your version seems healthier minus the cream cheese frosting. Your painted teacup and bunny planter are wonderful keepsakes. I'm sure they bring special memories to you each Easter and or when using the teacup. Hope you had a wonderful Easter! ~Nora

  12. What a cute little carrot-raisin bread. Love the idea of mini-bundt pans for it. Hope your Easter was full of blessings.


  13. Those carrots aren't real?! Wow. Your daughter is talented. I love carrot cake...must snag.

  14. How cute! I'd certainly enjoy a slice of your carrot raisin cake!

  15. Ooooo, aren't we lucky that you've shared the secret recipe, Kitty!! I've only eaten at Mimi's Cafe once in my life, while visiting my baby sis in AZ. We don't have them in Ohio, so this is a real treat.
    Your whole family must be artistically inclined...I could have sworn those carrots were real, no lie!
    Pretty teacup & teapot too. You inspire me to get busy & use some of mine in blog postings. I used to collect them until it got out of hand. LOL

  16. Everything is so lovely. And those carrots that your daughter sculpted are amazing! I have never made carrot bread...but that's about to change. Printing & Pinning! So glad you shared...and thanks much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. XO

  17. Hi Kitty: I love hand painted tea cups. Yours is so pretty. The carrot cake looks so good. Have a wonderful week, my friend. Hugs, Martha

  18. Oh that carrot bread looks so moist and delicious. Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely give it a try. The carrots your daughter made do look real! Great job.

  19. The carrot bread must be delicious. Will have to try it.
    I spy that cute cross stitched pillow. Adorable! Your bunny and the cabbage tea pot are adorable too. Beautiful tea table, Kitty!

  20. Yes, please! I just love your pretty table today, Kitty! The painted teacup is wonderful. I love using things that remind me of my loved ones. It is like having a little piece of their hearts. Your daughter's carrots are amazing, too. Thank you for the recipe - I want a piece right now! Hope your Easter was very blessed, my dear. Hugs xo Karen

  21. Your carrot raisin bread sounds wonderful Kitty, especially served in a mini bundt! I love your sweet tea pot and your plate & teacup from Aunt Kitty! I can't believe how realistic those carrots are your daughter sculpted & painted, especially in middle school too :)

  22. Your carrot raisin bread sounds wonderful Kitty, especially served in a mini bundt! I love your sweet tea pot and your plate & teacup from Aunt Kitty! I can't believe how realistic those carrots are your daughter sculpted & painted, especially in middle school too :)

  23. I love that green tea cup, saucer and plate set. SOOOO pretty. I have just copied that carrot raisin bread recipe. One of my favorite things...... Thanks for posting it.

  24. All I can say is mmmm...oh, this is my weakness! Breads, rolls, of any kind... and this one looks SOOO good I can almost taste it! Yes, we have a Mimi's and they have awesome breads, among many other things! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  25. Hi Kitty,
    Your little peeps in the previous blog are so dear and what a cute idea! They must love visiting at your house. Your Aunt Kitty's hand painted teacup and tea plate are very lovely. Your recipes always leave me drooling! Happy Tea Day Dear Friend! Karen

  26. Hi Kitty,
    Your little peeps in the previous blog are so dear and what a cute idea! They must love visiting at your house. Your Aunt Kitty's hand painted teacup and tea plate are very lovely. Your recipes always leave me drooling! Happy Tea Day Dear Friend! Karen

  27. Yum yum yum! I love carrot anything, and made in a mini bundt pan is perfect.
    How nice of you to share that recipe with us, Kitty.
    You were named after your Aunt, how special, and you still have the dishes from your shower, amazing. They are quite pretty.
    Thank you for sharing with us.
    Have a wonderful day, Kitty.

  28. Carrot cake seems to be the favourite across blogland! The faux carrots do look real Kitty, your daughter did a good job. I wouldn't mind some fake desserts to show with my tea each week. :-)
    The trio from your Aunt Kitty is pretty, a nice keepsake.
    Happy tea day to you!

  29. Hi Kitty! I love your planter. It's so cute. And your Aunt Kitty is so talented with that three piece set. And carrot cake sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe--we had a Mimi's Café nearby, but it just closed a couple of months ago. Their carrot cake was very good :)

  30. Hi Kitty. That recipe looks wonderful. Love your teacup and love your daughter's carrots! How cute!
    Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  31. I hope you had a nice Easter Kitty. I love this recipe and it look so good! I will be pinning this. Hope you are having a nice week.

  32. Mmm! That looks yummy! I'm going to have to try this recipe. :D

    Just bopping over from Roses of Inspiration,
    Michelle ^_^
    Delightful Handwork

  33. your bunny and carrot pot, looks great, and your daughter's carrots look great, so real, wonderful to have all those memories.

  34. Your bunny planter is so cute and those sculpted carrots are fabulous! I have only been to Mimi's once, but I think I kind of remember it. Sounds yummy and I'm pinning your recipe. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  35. Look at that sweet bunny with his backpack full of carrots! Adorable! Your carrot raisin bread is such a perfect size! Love the carrot scupture too~ I don't know why but I've always had a huge thing for carrots, they are just so cute!

  36. This looks sooo good...and those are the cutest carrots, ever..
    My mini bundt cake pan make MUCH smaller cakes than yours..could u tell me where you got your pan? xoxo

  37. Lovely blog ~ and amazing carrots!! I was going to offer a suggestion to replace at least 1/2 the oil with an equal amount applesauce ~ this makes for a more healthy and very tasty outcome.

  38. Hi Kitty,
    What a great combination for your bread, we would just love carrot and raisin, it sure looks good! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  39. Oh, Kitty! Your carrot and raisin bread is making me so looks just divine!
    I love using carrot in baking!
    And your tea cup is simply gorgeous...:)
    Hope you're having a special weekend so far!
    Much love,

  40. Kitty, how very special. your little carrot cake and tea looks lovely. I would be honored to join you. You have some of the prettiest tea cups. I do hope you get a chance to visit Kauai again. xo

  41. I'm so glad you shared this! This is one of my favorite things from Mimi's and the one nearest me has closed. :( Couldn't find it online so I'm thrilled to have it!

    Beautiful dishes and carrots ~ lots of talent in your family.


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