A delicious spiced cream pie made with freshly roasted carrots, maple syrup and cardamon
Roll out your favourite pie dough and put into a 9" pie plate, or skip if using a store-bought pie crust. If you're making your own crust, after rolling out and placing in pie plate, place in freezer for at least half an hour before baking to reduce likelihood of shrinking. Then blind-bake the crust (without filling, and using pie weights) for about 20-30 minutes at 300F. This will help prevent a soggy bottom. Allow crust to cool completely before filling.
For the best flavour, roast carrots (I use about 8-10 medium large carrots) for the puree. Let cool slightly and then add the carrots to a large saucepan, along with pumpkin (if using), brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, spices and salt & pepper. Mix well and cook for a few minutes over medium heat just to combine.
Once the crust is cool, scoop the filling into the crust and place in the oven at 375F for about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350F and bake for another 40-50 minutes--or just until the middle is just slightly jiggly. It will cook for a bit longer after it's out of the oven. Cool at room temperature for an hour and then cover and refrigerate....preferably overnight--- but at least for a few hours. Enjoy with some whip cream or coconut whip!