Carrot and cheese bars

carrot cake and cheese bars

Another version of a carrot and cheese cake I made a couple of years ago;  eating a bar feels more virtuous!

INGREDIENTS: 9″x9″ pan (or larger)

  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 ounces oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup raw sugar or regular
  • 1 tablespoon of grape molasses (optional) or honey
  • 1 tablespoon of orange rind (optional)
  • 8 oz carrots, shredded fine (4 carrots)

DRY:

  • 1 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • dash salt

Cheese layer:

  • 8 ounces of labneh or cream cheese or mascarpone, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch

METHOD: Preheat the oven to 350F (180C)

  1. Place the eggs, sugar, oil, vanilla, rind (if using), grape molasses (if using) in the bowl of a mixer and beat at medium speed for 5 minutes until the texture is a bit thick, like a runny mayo. Meanwhile, place the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix with a wire whisk.
  2. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture;  fold the carrots  into the batter.  Make the cheese layer:
  3. Beat the cheese with the  powdered sugar, cornstarch  and vanilla until the cheese batter is smooth. Line the pan  with parchment paper and pour the carrot cake batter into the pan in dollops, here and there. Pour the cheese batter  (also in dollops here and there). Bake until puffed up and dry, about 20 minutes. 

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View of a valley in the Chouf, Lebanon.

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12 Comments

  1. Posted April 27, 2013 at 2:42 am | Permalink

    Delicious looking and sounding!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. Posted April 27, 2013 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    Delicious-looking bite-sized snacks! Love the addition of cheese here.

  3. Posted April 27, 2013 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    Carrot and cream cheese-frosting desserts always sound good to me! Love this bar form!

  4. Posted April 27, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Yum! This looks wonderful. I love this in bar form! xx

    gemma @ http://andgeesaid.blogspot.com.au/

  5. Posted April 27, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful combination (and get some veggies in, too).

  6. Posted April 27, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    Lovely! I love the idea of making this with Labneh and honey. Delicous

  7. Posted April 28, 2013 at 4:07 am | Permalink

    They look wonderful and a really good idea to help with portion control!!

  8. Posted April 28, 2013 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    This looks extraordinary – so much better than carrot cake, or a carrot cupcake, and the top looks so beautiful and rustic.

  9. Posted April 28, 2013 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    Délicieusement étonnant….

  10. Posted April 28, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful idea! I hadn’t seen a bar version of carrot cake and cream cheese icing until now.

  11. Posted April 29, 2013 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    I could see this at every coffee shop across America next to lemon bars. These look so awesome!

  12. Posted April 29, 2013 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    I love using carrots in desserts, so sweet and healthy. I make some carrot-pineapple muffins that are a fave with the kids. Must try this one soon…I even have some cream cheese in the fridge…Hooray!

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