Grandma Minnie's Carrot Ring

When I was growing up, holidays in the Kahan house were celebrated with family meals made by my Russian grandmother, Grandma Minnie. One of her most beloved recipes was her savory carrot cake, called Grandma Minnie's Carrot Ring. Similar to cornbread's sweet-savory combination of flavors, it is delicious served mounded with Braised Romano Beans with Salmoriglio or your favorite hearty winter vegetable. (Note: please plan ahead for overnight refrigeration of batter.)
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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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7 ounces carrots

1 cup unsalted butter, plus additional to butter the mold

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1 large egg

1 tablespoon water

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for rolling

1/2 tablespoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Peel the carrots. Use the coarse holes on a box grater to grate them; place them in a large bowl.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and brown sugar together. Add the egg, water, and grated carrots, and continue mixing on medium to incorporate. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt; mix on medium-low until the batter comes together. Remove from the mixer and set aside.
  3. Butter a 9½-inch Savarin ring mold. Spread the batter evenly in the buttered mold; wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Remove the carrot ring from the refrigerator and let it temper for 30 minutes. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Remove the carrot ring from the oven and allow it cool for a few minutes.
  5. After the carrot ring has cooled slightly, unmold it onto a large, circular platter. Serve with vegetables mounded in the center, if you wish.
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