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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Cinnamon Streusel Topped Carrot Pie

A sweet pie filled with carrot goodness and topped with cinnamon streusel.  It's perfect for Easter, Thanksgiving or just because!



     Happy pi day, everyone!  In honor of 3.14 we eat pie on 3/14.  It is one of those fun little days that just begs to be celebrated.  In high school, we had pie carry ins on March 14.  Now my blogging friends and I celebrate with our own smorgasbord of pie!


      Usually I am not super into making pies  For some reason I can never get a pretty crust.  It makes me feel self conscious and annoyed that it's never as pretty in real life as what it is in my imagination.  The thing is, they are almost always delicious. So I forge on and bake them every once in a while anyway.



     Lately I have been baking them more frequently than normal.  I would like to say that practice makes perfect and my pie crusts are beautiful now. But that would be a lie and I could never forgive myself to lying to you.  But they are tasty and fun and that is what matters.

     Each of the pies I have been baking recently are worthy of the pie day celebration.  There was the taste of the tropics pie that was loaded with pineapple and coconut.  That was one of my finalists to post today.  I also recently remade a french silk pie and my fun and different kiwi and cream pie.   So I felt like I was warmed up and ready.

   Last year my choices came down between my not your mama's chocolate pie and the one I went with, savory spinach and cheese pie.  My friend Val from Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids just made a couple of those chocolate pies not too long ago and now I want to make another!



     With all of these great pies swirling in my head, I couldn't wait to get baking.  I love to do something a little bit different to celebrate the day of pie, so I knew a carrot pie would be fun.  Last year our rows of carrots in the garden were big producers.  We got busy and neglected them a bit longer that we probably should have.  The carrots were still good, just HUGE and we had a ton of them.

     We are not ones to let anything go to waste, so my husband sliced them and stuck them in the freezer.  I got busy looking up recipe inspiration.  That's when I first saw a couple of recipes for carrot pie.  I had never heard of such a thing, but really it makes perfect sense.



     You cook and puree the carrots and after that it really isn't much different than making a sweet potato or pumpkin pie.  I found a few recipes that sounded good, so I took a little inspiration from each and mixed in some of my own flavor preferences.

     I thought it would be good as it was, baked and with a bit of whipped cream. But something told me it needed a little bit more.  Of course I am not one to say no to the voice that says take it to the next level, so I gathered up some ingredients and whipped up a cinnamon streusel to sprinkle over the top.  I am glad I did!



     The results were similar to those Thanksgiving staples, but it had a distinctly carrot flavor that made it stand out.  The streusel was a perfect buttery addition that added a nice contrast in flavor and texture.  Of course a little maple whipped cream would be perfect on top, or a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream.

     Now I need to know, have you ever had a carrot pie?  What are your favorite kinds of pie?



Yield: 8 servings

Cinnamon Streusel Topped Carrot Pie

A sweet pie filled with carrot goodness and topped with cinnamon streusel. It's perfect for Easter, Thanksgiving or just because!
prep time: 20 MINScook time: 50 MINStotal time: 70 mins

ingredients:


  • 1 pie crust
Filling:
  • 4 1/2 - 5 cups carrots, sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cups milk 
  • 1 Tablespoon four
Cinnamon Streusel
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

instructions


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F and place pie crust in a 9" pie dish.  Put prepared crust in the refrigerator until you're ready to fill it. 
  2. Put the carrots in a saucepan with a cup of water.  Cook for about 10-12 minutes or until soft. 
  3. Puree carrots until smooth.  Add in some milk if necessary to achieve a smooth consistency. 
  4. Melt the 2 Tablespoons of butter and stir into the carrots.  Add remaining filling ingredients and mix until combined. 
  5. Put the filling in the chilled crust and bake for 25 minutes. 
  6. While the pie is baking, stir together the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly. 
  7. After the first 25 minutes of baking are done, remove the pie from the oven and reduce the heat to 350 F.  Sprinkle steusel mix over the pie and bake for an additional 25-35 minutes.  Cover the crust if it starts to get a little bit dark. 
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52 comments:

  1. Happy PI day!! You have made me so happy with this Streusel carrot goodness!! You know I love a good streusel!! Have a great day beautiful! This looks so delicious!

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    1. Hehe! I've seen a good streusel or too in your neck of the woods. Thank you so much!

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  2. I don't think I've ever seen a carrot pie before, but that certainly doesn't mean I wouldn't dive right in---especially with that streusel topping!

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    1. I was so happy that it worked as well as it did. I can't wait to make another for Easter!

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  3. You know, carrot pie was one that went through my mind before I settled on what I did, so I love that you have made this. The cinnamon streusel is a lovely way to top it too.

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    1. How funny, you know what they say about great minds ;-)

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  4. This would be absolutely perfect for Easter! Looks amazing!

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  5. I'm sure that streusel took it right over the top and with the carrots it is perfect for Easter as well as Thanksgiving.

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    1. It was sooooo good. Thank you, Wendy!

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  6. That's not a very regular kind of pie filling..but isn't regular too boring! I love the cinnamon streusel on top..I am sure it tastes amazing with that carrot filling!

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    1. It is fun to try different things and this carrot pie is definitely worth trying! Thank you!

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  7. Ive never had a carrot pie.... but Im going to remedy that! Especially with that topping! Thats the way to eat carrots!

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    1. You definitely need to fix that ASAP! You need to make sure to get those veggie servings in ;-)

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  8. Happy Pi Day! I love carrots and this pie, with the streusel, sounds delicious. I'm sure the bunny would approve too!

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    1. I think the Easter Bunny is going to love it, thank you!

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  9. Wow! This looks fantastic. Thanks for the inspiration. Can't wait to try it.

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  10. Hi Carlee, I've never heard of a sweet or savoury carrot pie before. The thought of getting one of my five a day in a pie does appea, though and that topping sounds good too.

    xx

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    1. Now if we could only get all of those veggies in pie form ;-) Thanks, Debbie!

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  11. I love this idea and I'm thinking I might have to make one of these for Easter - and one of your chocolate pies again too ;)

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    1. Now that sounds like a great dessert table! Thanks, Val!

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  12. What an interesting pie! I too have the carrots that were frozen, a little on the big side. I typically save them for a chicken stock, but I think we need to try something new with them... like pie!

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    1. We found that pie was a great solution!

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  13. What a great idea! I mean, there is carrot cake, so why not pie? Great way to get the kids to eat their veggies.

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  14. I have not had carrot pie but I will now! I think it is genius. I have had and love sweet potato pie. I am looking forward to your recipe!

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    1. I think you are going to love it! Thank you!

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  15. This is going on my list for Easter - it sounds delicious!

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  16. Such a unique pie flavor! Love how good this seems to have turned out- looks yummy!

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  17. Your Carrot Pie looks fabulous! Have a great first week of spring and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with FULL PLATE THURSDAY!
    Miz Helen

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  18. I can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing the recipe on the #Celebrate365 Easter Recipes Blog Party!

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  19. I never saw a carrot pie. I love the idea. That topping on this pie sounds perfect!

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    1. I think we should make it popular!

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  20. I’ve never heard of carrot pie! I immediately want it with a cream cheese frosting lol
    Thanks for linking up with the Blended Blog

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    1. I like the way you think!! I'm totally topping it with cream cheese whipped cream next time!

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  21. This is brilliant and I really wish I had a slice!

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  22. I have never seen a carrot pie before! Thanks for sharing at Friday Frenzy! I am picking this as one of my features this week :)

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  23. I've never had a carrot pie but I've seen two or three recipes and now I want to make one!

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    1. You should definitely give it a try!

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  24. I have never heard of carrot pie before but it looks yummy! Pinned.

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  25. I've never had carrot pie, but this looks delicious. I'm pinning it, so I can give this dessert a try!

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    1. I hadn't either but I think it's going to become a tradition in our family now that we've gone and fell in love!

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