Sprouting and roasting your walnuts is becoming more and more popular as we get more health conscience. Soaking nuts offer several health benefits. The simple process of soaking nuts for several hours works like magic to increase their antioxidant and photochemical capacity, because soaking releases some enzyme inhibitors.
1 1/4 cups Sifted flour
2 1/2 cups Roasted Walnuts, divided
3 cups Grated carrots
1 1/2 cups Raisins
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Vegetable oil
1 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Baking soda
1 tsp Salt
Oven Temp ~ 350°
Baking Time ~
Pan Type ~ 10 inch tube pan or Bundt cake pan
Set aside 1/2 cup of roasted walnut halves for
decoration. Chop remaining walnuts coarsely.
Resift flour. Mix with salt, baking soda & baking powder.
Beat eggs. Add sugar & oil while still beating. Add flour mixture. Mix until you get a smooth batter.
Stir in carrots, raisins, & chopped walnuts. Turn into prepared cake pan. Set pan on sheet of aluminum foil (if pan has a removable bottom), cup top edges of foil up around pan slightly.
Bake carrot walnut cake until done. Cool in pan.
When cake is cold, remove from pan & spread with Cream Cheese Frosting. Decorate with walnut halves.
Mix the salt into about 2 cups water, add nuts and stir until the nuts are wet and beneath surface of the water. Add more water as needed. Let the mixture sit at room temperature, or in a warm place for 4-7 hours. Drain excess water from nuts. Roast on a cookie sheet lined with Parchment paper at 150-200 degrees for 6 hours or until lightly browned. Once every 2 hours, mix the nuts up allowing an even roast for all the nuts. Once dried, store in an airtight container.
Did you say you're on a diet?
No desserts for 20 years?
Do you pass the cake and candy sections
With some heartfelt sighs and tears?
Go ahead !! Bake those gooey
Sticky sweet forbidden things.
But first put on your jogging outfit.
Your tennis shoes and exercise fling.
Run in place while stirring;
Time your cakes with jumping jacks.
Ten deep knee bends between ingredients.
Use that kitchen for a workout track.
And when you're out of breath and panting.
Pot holders around your prize.
Jog to the nearest 90 pound neighbor
And leave her your 1000 calorie surprise!