Carrot Cake Pie with Cream Cheese Whip Topping
Submitted by: Chef Bryan Ehrenholm
Tastes like delicious carrot cake but it is a beautiful pie!
- Serving Size: 1 9-inch pie
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup Crisco®
- 1/2 cup ice water
- 1 cup dark corn syrup
- 3 whole eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly ground
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves, freshly ground
- 4 ounce butter, salted (1/2 stick)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnutes
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup California raisins
- 1/2 cup green apple, peeled, cored, medium dice
- 1/2 cup carrots, peeled and shredded
- 8 ounce cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream, chilled
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
In mixing bowl (you can use a stand mixer with paddle attachment) place dry ingredients and mix together. Slowly add the chilled shortenting and mix until mixture resembles coase crumbs. Slowly add in chilled ice water until dough forms (you may not need all the water so add slowly). Pat dough in five inch disk, wrap in plastic, and chill (dough rolls better if chilled). Dough may be refriegerated overnight. Once dough is chilled, place on a floured surface and roll out to about 1/16 of an inch. Do not overwork dough. Line a 9-inch pie tin with the pie crust. Trim the edges.
Preheat over to 350ºF. Combine walnuts, almonds and pecans, place on a parchment lined sheet pan and toast until golden brown, 8-10 minutes. Keep oven on to bake pie when ready. Over medium heat, melt butter in a skillet. Add toasted nuts, raisins, diced apple and shredded carrots. Stir frequently until apples and carrots are tender. Remove skillet from heat and cool filling. Combine dark corn syrup, whole eggs and vanilla extract in a small bowl. Separately combine granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves in a medium bowl. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry mixture and combine until well blended. Spread the nut and raisin mixture on the bottom of the pie crust and pour the batter over the nut and raisin mixture. Place prepared pie in oven and bake at 350ºF until filling is set, about 40-45 minutes. Insert a tooth pick to determine doneness. Set pie aside to cool completely.
Cream Cheese Whip Topping
In the meantime, combine softened cream cheese with powdered sugar and vanilla; blend until smooth. Whip chilled heavy cream to medium peak. Add cream cheese mixture to the whipped cream and continue whipping until all ingredients are well blended. Using a piping bag fitted with a star tip, pipe whip cream cheese around the edges of the cooled pie, leaving the inner circle plain to show the beauty of the ingredients. Serve exta cream filling in a small bowl on the side. As a finishing tough, sprinkle cream cheese filling with a little cinnamon.
Note: Recipe makes enough dough for two pie crusts or 1 pie with a top and bottom crust.
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