This Honey Carrot Pie is a unique dessert with a nuanced special flavor. The carrot filling is like a thick custard that pairs perfectly with the crunchy biscoff cookie crust.
We all know carrots are naturally sweet, but they often aren't thought of as sweet enough to be made into a dessert. I think this pie proves otherwise. It has a creamy intense flavor, but if you weren't told it's carrot, it might be difficult to distinguish what the flavor is, other than delicious.
When developing the recipe, I wanted to try to highlight the carrot flavor by not adding in any additional spices. However, the idea of adding honey as part of the sweetener and a splash of vanilla sounded like the right move, and I think it helps the pie feel like a definitive dessert without covering up the slightly earthy carrot flavor.
Its smooth, soft filling pairs so well with the crunch of a biscoff cookie crust, though a few other crust options are discussed below.
So, let's get to making it, shall we? The text below offers tons of tips and helpful notes, or you can scroll to the bottom to grab the recipe and get started!
More of a visual person? Check out the video of me making it below, located right above the recipe!
Here is an overview of the ingredients needed for this recipe. The full recipe is listed below in greater detail.
- honey (see below for details about what type)
- vanilla extract
- biscoff cookies (see below for other crust options)
- granulated sugar
- heavy cream
- kosher salt
Here is a list of some of the primary tools I use in this recipe. You won't necessarily choose to use them all, but they are exactly what I used. Any links may contain affiliate links.
- food processor (to make the crumb crust)
- blender (to puree the carrots)
- pie plate
- large pot with a tight fitting lid
- steaming basket
- essentials: kitchen scale, measuring cups and measuring spoons, spatula, etc.
Let's Talk, Honey...
There are a lot of different types of honey out there, ranging from raw and unfiltered to heavily processed, as well as various flavor profiles such as clover and buckwheat.
For this recipe, you can truly use any honey you like the taste of but be aware the flavor profile will carry through to the finished product.
I recommend clover honey for its traditional honey taste and more neutral flavor profile. Orange blossom would be another good choice.
If you use raw unfiltered honey with some crystalization in it (which does not indicate that it has gone bad, it's a natural phenomenon in honey), gently reheat it to melt away the crystals before using.
How to Cook the Carrots
There are two ways to cook the carrots, with some slight differences in the final flavor.
The best way, with the most carrot flavor, is to steam the carrots. This keeps more of the flavor within the carrots.
The second method is to boil the carrots. Some flavor will naturally migrate out of the carrots and into the water, so the final result will be a little less carrot-y.
Regardless of which cooking method you choose, it's important to make sure the carrots are incredibly fork-tender. The carrots should almost be falling apart. If the carrots are al dente they will not puree well and it will result in a lumpy pie.
It can take about 20-30 minutes to steam the carrots, and slightly less time to boil them.
Carrot Pie Crust Options
This recipe calls for a Biscoff Cookie Crust, but there are several options you could use in place of it. Some additional options:
The biscoff crumb crust is great because it's simple to put together and adds a layer of flavor and texture to the pie!
Overview of Steps
This is a fuss-free recipe. Here are the steps for making it:
- Steam or boil the carrots.
- Assemble and blind-bake the biscoff crumb crust.
- Blend the carrots with honey.
- Add the remainder of the filling ingredients to a bowl and combine with the carrots.
- Pour the filling into the crust and bake!
How to Tell When It's Done
A carrot pie has a unique consistency due to the texture of the carrots. While I was testing the recipe, I accidentally undercooked it several times. In fact, some of the photos you see here are slightly undercooked with a bit of a softer center.
I treated this pie like a standard custard pie, which typically entails baking it until it is nearly done, with a little wiggle still left in the center. It turns out, that doesn't work for this pie. While the pie does continue to cook as it comes out, it wasn't setting up the way I would have expected, and it was just slightly soft.
So for this pie, you want to bake it until it no longer wiggles. This will ensure the perfect texture. However, like other custards, you still don't want to overbake it. Overbaking the pie can result in large cracks in the filling, and if it's really over-baked, it could curdle. So watch the pie closely at the end of the specified baking time. If you do crack your filling, it's not the end of the world though! It's nothing a little whipped cream can't cover.
With a well-calibrated oven, it should take about 45-55 minutes to cook through. Keep in mind if you open your oven a lot to check on the pie it will significantly increase the baking time.
How to Serve It
This carrot pie is best served chilled. Garnish it with whipped cream.
The photos here show some candied carrots on top of the whipped cream. It added a fun look to the pie, and a nice crunch. But making candied carrots was very time consuming. The method I used for the candied carrots is below.
To make candied carrots:
- Peel strips of carrots using a peeler
- Simmer the strips in simple syrup (1 part sugar to 1 part water) for 10 minutes
- Transfer carrot strips to a parchment-lined baking sheet, making sure not to lay the strips flat and spread apart (not touching)
- Bake in a 200-degree oven for 10-15 minutes
- One by one, remove the strips from the oven and curl them around a cylindrical kitchen tool (I used a fork). They dry quickly which is why they are left in the oven as they are curled.
- Toss the dried curls in granulated sugar and place on a piece of parchment
- Add to the pie when ready to serve.
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