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I’ve searched high and low over the internet for a good copy cat recipe for my favorite bread in the wide world (yeah, Noah and I bake… so what?!). Mimi’s Carrot Raisin Bread. You know, the stuff they serve you as an appetizer at dinner time over at Mimi’s Cafe. It’s sinful.

But, no recipe I found was all that close. So, Noah and I decided to experiment, and to mix and match recipes until we dialed in the perfect combination for this oh-so-yummy-yummy bread. We made more than twelve loaves together in our quest over the last six weeks, and I’m quite certain that some of those loaves ended up with measurable amounts of blood, sweat, and tears mixed in.  Here’s our own recipe for any of you who want to try it. It’s probably not exactly the same as the Carrot Raisin Bread at Mimi’s, but it’s pretty dang close.
And just to warn you, a new and bigger pair of pants might be a part of your immediate future, because this stuff is seriously addicting.
Isn’t it purty? Well, purty nummy if nothin’ else.
Mimi’s Carrot Raisin Bread
Yield: two 9″ loaves

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (sifted)

1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1 1/4 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup molasses
3 eggs
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)
1/4 cup canned, crushed pineapple (drain juice)
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 cup finely shredded carrots
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon into a mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, pineapple juice, brown sugar, eggs, and molasses until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Stir the dry mixture and the liquid mixture together and mix together well.
  5. Add the nuts, carrots, golden raisins, and crushed pineapple to bowl and mix thoroughly.
  6. Grease and flour two 9″ bread pans. Split the batter evenly between the two pans.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 40 minutes (or until a knife comes out of the center clean).
  8. Stuff your face and declare that you’re the coolest person alive.
Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing Baking

PS. Anybody else love this bread as much as I do? Anybody else love Mimi’s as much as I do?

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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he’s most known for, with more than 2 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It’s an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!