Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

To all of my American friends, I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving today!  Although I'm thankful for many things, today I'm just happy for the chance to take a time out and gear up for this wonderful holiday season.

Yesterday I made a traditional carrot pudding that my grandma always used to  make.  It takes three to five hours to steam, so it's a real treat for our family. If you're interested, here's the recipe:

Carrot Pudding

1 c. shredded potato (fresh, not frozen)
1 c. shredded carrot
1 c.  shredded apple
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. melted butter
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. raisins

 Mix potato with the baking soda to help prevent browning while you shred and prepare the remaining ingredients.  Into potatoes, mix carrot, apple, brown sugar, butter, and spices.  Toss raisins in the flour and put the flour and raisins into the wet mix & fold in.  Healthy version:  I like to replace 1/4 c. of the flour with wheat bran and then add 3 tbsp. of flax meal.   You can't taste it and it adds a nice healthy touch!

Steam the pudding in a double broiler (make sure to put water in the bottom and to check it often because the water runs out and needs to be refilled) for anywhere from three to five hours.  The longer the better actually.  You want the final pudding to be a dark brown and a little firm.  We like to serve the pudding warm with a little warmed up cream that has had vanilla pods steeped in.  Also, my grandma would make a caramel sauce to pour over it.  I was always a cream girl though.  Enjoy!  It makes a great breakfast treat.


  1. Happy Thanksgiving!

    The pudding sounds delicious, but I'm a lazy cook so will have to wait for someone to bake it for me. :D

  2. The pudding sounds wonderful- I'll have to try it. Just dropping in to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. Alexia--Same to you! :) It did turn out great, but I'll admit it takes quite a bit of time, so waiting for someone else to make it is a great idea. LOL.

    Darlene--Hi! Thanks for your well wishes. I've missed seeing you around and was so happy to hear about the new addition to your family! :)