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Carrot Cake

Yield: 4 Servings
Ingredients:
2/3 cup raw carrots, freshly grated and firmly packed
1 2/3 cups almond, finely ground
3/4 cup fine dry breadcrumbs, plus more for dusting pan
1/2 teaspoon ground mace
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking powder
6 large eggs, separated
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons grated fresh lemon rind
3 tablespoons kirsch (cherry liquor) or fresh lemon juice

Glaze
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 tablespoon water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
candied fruit (to garnish)

Description:
1. Combine carrots and nuts in a mixing bowl.
2. In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs with the spices and baking powder, then blend into the carrot mixture.
3. Beat the egg yolks until thick and lemony.
4. Gradually beat the granulated sugar into the yolks, along with the lemon rind and the Kirsch (more authentic) or lemon juice (if you donīt like to use alcohol in your cooking).
5. Beat this mixture until thick, then stir into the carrot mixture.
6. Beat egg whites in a clean bowl until stiff peaks form, then fold them gently into the carrot mixture- do not overmix.
7. Line an 8" springform pan with waxed paper or parchment.
8. Grease pan (including the paper lining) and dust with a very light sprinkling of fine dry breadcrumbs.
9. Shake pan to make sure breadcrumbs coat evenly.
10. Pour batter into the pan and bake in a preheated moderate oven at 350 F for 1 hour, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
11. Let cool.
12. Mix together glaze ingredients.
13. Remove sides from pan and set cake on a wire rack that has been set over wax paper to catch the drips.
14. Spoon the glaze over the top of the cake and sides, using a spatula to even out the glaze as you prefer.
15. Garnish with some candied fruits, if desired.
16. Store in a tightly covered cake box.
17. This cake improves with age.
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