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Cinnamon Streusel Topped Carrot Pie

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This carrot pie is topped with a buttery cinnamon streusel. It is a fabulous combination that will make you wonder where carrot pie has been your whole life!  It’s perfect for Easter, Thanksgiving or just because!

piece of carrot pie topped with whipped cream, first bite on fork.

Carrots aren’t just for side dishes and soups, they make great desserts as well. It doesn’t have to all be cakes and cupcakes. Carrots make a wonderful pie filling as well.

This pie is filling with a smooth carrot based filling that is wonderful on its own. But the buttery streusel topping takes it to the next level. You are going to love this fun and different dessert.

     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.

carrot pie filling in food processor.

     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.  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!

kid spreading mashed carrot filling into prepared pie crust.

     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.

pie plate filled with crust and carrot filling next to bowl of streusel topping,

     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!

Carrot pie with buttery cinnamon crumb topping with one slice missing.

     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: 12 Servings

Cinnamon Streusel Topped Carrot Pie

piece of carrot pie topped with whipped cream, first bite on fork.

This carrot pie is topped with a buttery cinnamon streusel. It is a fabulous combination that will make you wonder where carrot pie has been your whole life!  It’s perfect for Easter, Thanksgiving or just because!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

Pie

  • 1 pie crust
  • 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 flour

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 streusel 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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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 258Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 167mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 3gSugar: 22gProtein: 4g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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

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