Weighing and measuring helps children see a practical application of maths and, if they are old enough, they can read the ingredients and find them for you. Cooking with children gives you time to share thoughts and catch up on what is going on in their lives.
Carrot, honey and raisin cake
Makes 16 slices
This popular cake is lower in sugar than traditional versions as honey is substitited for some of the sugar. The wholemeal flour, carrots and raisins all provide extra fibre.
You will need:
- 3 carrots
- 125g (4oz) self-raising flour
- 125g (4 oz) wholemeal self-raising flour
- 1 tsp (5ml) baking powder
- 1 tsp (5ml) cinnamon
- 25g (1oz) brown sugar
- 85g (5oz) honey
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp (5ml) vanilla extract
- 125ml (4fl oz) sunflour oil
- 85g (3 oz)raisins
- 2 to 3 tbls milk
- Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C/ 325 degrees F/ gas mark 4.
- Line a 20 cm (8 in) round cake tin with greaseproof paper and brush with a little oil.
- Peel and grate the carrots on a chopping board.
- Place the flours, caking powder, cinnamon and sugar in a bowl and mix together.
- Put the honey, eggs, vanilla, and oil in a separate bowl and mix together with a whisk or fork. Add to the flour mixture and mix well. Stir in the grated carrots and raisins with a metal spoon. Add a little milk to give a fairly soft consistency.
- Spoon the cake mixture into the lined tin.
- Bake for about one hour. Check that the cake is done by inserting a skewer or knife into the cake.
- Leave the cake to cool in the tin for tne minutes, then loosen the sides and turn out on to a wire rack. Remove the lining paper and leave to cool.
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