Baking with Kids....An oh so easy & delicious (really!) Carrot Souffle Recipe
Hi recipe lovers!
If you are here, I already know you are curious what this creation is I am talking about, and let me tell you, it is a good one! Today I am all about a delicious Carrot Souffle that is totally fun to make with the little ones….I know, I know it is not the first thing that comes to mind when I think about amazing desserts! But if you like experimenting and trying new things I promise you, you are going to love this one.
I discovered this recipe online at The Cooking Jar and it sounded so interesting I just had to try it. I had promised my two little girls we would do some baking (they are my little shadows in the kitchen!) and I thought it was time to elaborate on their usual favorite, the oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.
Those of us that are parents are always trying to encourage more healthy eating/vegetables but for this cooking session I can’t really say I set out to make a dessert involving carrots. It’s just not the first thing that comes to my mind but it turned out to be a simple fit for some fun Valentine’s Day baking. I am a baker of carrot cake and have been known to secretly add zucchini to many things! But carrot with its color and texture has never been something I thought would blend so seamlessly into a famously intricate dish.
This random find turned out to be so delicious and so very simple to make with the kids. It filled four of my Le Creuset cocottes with buttery goodness and was such a hit with everyone in the family, it will definitely be a keeper in my rotation. I would double the recipe next time I make it for even more to keep in the fridge, and I also forgot to add the baking powder required!! But as you will see from my photos, the souffles still rose beautifully in a perfect peach puff before slowly going down as we waited too long to eat them.
My thoughts- make this! Bake it for a colorful dessert or plan a tea party with the little ones and enjoy a fun cooking session together. It isn’t overly messy and is such a treat, and for those looking for alternative sweeteners I am sure you can experiment by adding honey/powdered stevia (although this will affect its consistency so experiment until you find a perfect match!)
Here is my version of the recipe, I think you will love it!
- 1 lb carrots, peeled and sliced (Fresh whole carrots best, although I used shredded for ease of time)
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup sugar (I will be trying ground dates next time!)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp flour
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- A little powdered sugar for dusting, optional
**While the souffles were delicious while hot, I kept a serving in the fridge and ate some the next day- I totally preferred it cold! Once it was cold it tasted like a firm butter cake. I recommend trying them this way too!
I think the souffle would be amazing with a scoop of creme fraiche, frozen yogurt or vanilla ice cream too. And coffee as always ; ) Report back and let me know!
1.Over medium heat, boil about 1/2 cup water
2.Place carrots in water and boil until softened, about 10 mins
3.Drain and transfer carrots to a blender
4.Add melted butter and pulse until smooth consistency
5.Add remaining ingredients and pulse into a smooth puree
6.Transfer mixture to a lightly greased 10 1/2 x 7 inch (1 1/4 qt) baking dish or 4 cocottes/ramekins and place on a baking tray
7.Bake at 350 degrees F (around 180 degrees C) for 45 minutes (Ovens vary, so check at 30mins! I set my timer, checked it through the glass, saw it was still soft in the middle and baked for full time. Do not open the oven or your souffle will not rise!)
8.Serve while hot (souffle will fall if left out too long!). If desired, dust with a little powdered sugar once cooler.
I really hope you try this out with your little ones!! I know souffle is usually conveyed as a complicated task but this recipe really is so easy and fun to make.
It tastes great, has a little beta carotene and is a dessert with a difference to experiment with in the kitchen. Another perfect Valentine’s Day/ any day treat to make for the family (or yourself when its Netflix and chill! ; )
Happy souffle baking!
P.S If you like these little beauties from Le Creuset, you can find them here on Amazon along with a cookbook. We were gifted these for our wedding and they have come in handy for so many different things. Perfect for mini cakes, souffles, shepherd’s pie and anything of a smaller serving size.
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