Did you know that February is National Carrot Month? Neither did I, until I was asked to take part in an online “Carrot Party” with my fellow bakers and bloggers on Instagram.
I decided to step out of my comfort zone a little, and instead of doing one of my tried and true carrot recipes, like my Carrot Cake Cheesecake or my Carrot Loaf with Cream Cheese frosting, to try a carrot pie! Yes, you read that correctly. Carrot pie!
If you’re thinking that sounds kind of strange, you’re not alone. But I will tell you that the texture and taste is super similar to a pumpkin pie. The carrots are slightly sweeter and a little less “squash” tasting. This particular recipe is a chai one, and those flavors combined, along with the cream cheese, turn this into something that tastes exactly like a cross between a carrot cake and a pumpkin pie. It’s out of this world.
Next time you want to try something new and exciting, give this one a spin. If you try it, comment below and let me know what you think.
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light
- 1 9 inch pie crust, unbaked (I used Marie Saba’s all butter pie crust for this beauty.)
- 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 9 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
- 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
- 3 large eggs, divided
- 1 1/2 pounds carrots, peeled, trimmed, and cut into 1/2-in. pieces
- 6 cups water
- 3/4 cup evaporated milk
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
- 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
Prepare your pie crust and place it into a 9 inch pie pan. Crimp the edges and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Prepare the filling: Beat cream cheese, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 egg with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Chill until ready to use.
Bring carrots and 6 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Boil until carrots are tender, about 25 minutes; drain well. Place carrots, evaporated milk, brown sugar, orange juice, vinegar, 3/4 teaspoon salt, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, fennel seeds, remaining 5 tablespoons granulated sugar, and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure lid on blender, and place a clean towel over opening in lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Transfer carrot mixture to a bowl. Whisk in remaining 2 eggs.
Transfer chilled cream cheese mixture to prepared crust, smoothing with a rubber spatula. Carefully spoon carrot mixture over cream cheese mixture, making sure not to mix into the cream cheese; smooth into an even layer.
Bake at 375°F for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F; sprinkle almonds over pie. Bake just until set, 40 to 45 more minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack, about 45 minutes; chill 2 hours before serving.