we had 10 lbs of carrots to shred, we had 7 graters to test. we baked ROSE’S heavenly CAKES: Classic Carrot Cake (page 122), calling for coarsely shredded carrots.
for carrot cake, we LOVED the coarse or extra coarse graters. for fresh carrot salad, we loved the ribbon grater with its extraordinary and time saving bi-directional blades. the ribbon model also makes beautiful chocolate shavings to top cappuccinos!
here is a closeup of the beautiful shredded carrots when baked on the cake:
mi niece helped style the cake. we placed a single layer of jewel quality mac nuts on the bottom of a 7″ round pan, prior to adding the cake batter. then, after the cake was baked and unmolded, we quickly plucked up the mac nuts. we followed the recipe as written, except using mac nut oil instead of safflower or canola, and…. making a 4x batch which filled the 6qt ka mixer to the very top rim (my sister and i felt utterly most proud, she is an architect working for civil engineers, together with my baking-to-the-0.01-gram objection, we spent a few days going back and forth computing the exact amounts of cake we needed for her holiday gift bake). the lbs of carrots were mixed by hand on what i call a baby wash tub (i think my mother used this to bathe me). enjoy these progress pictures, i find rewarding watching how knowledge is transferred between a teacher and a student and viceversa, baking alone is no longer fun! (my sister was the dishwasher and also enjoyed reading the sunday newspaper)
my sister just informed me that she needs to make 10 more large loafs, but now we will use my new BOSCH Universal Kitchen Machine. here is a preview of this jewel piece of machinery, popular in Europe for many decades. i ran a test batch of bread dough to determine the power levels. the picture doesn’t give proper judgment to how beautiful this machine is, as i was told that its provocative curved lines were designed by porshe.
soundtrack: apple iphoto ‘09 theme music, ken burns