Stefani Pollack of Cupcake Project is a food (or should we say dessert?) blogger in St. Louis, Missouri, where she lives with her husband and son. She has been baking and blogging since 2007, when she left the corporate world to be a full-time mom, writer, photographer, conference planner and recipe developer. Stefani can usually be found hula-hooping or baking something new in the kitchen, but she’s also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.
All winter long, my son tries to spot bunnies in an empty neighborhood field. “Soon,” I tell him. “We need to wait for spring.” When spring comes, we hop up and down (like the bunnies) and stare as the fluffy-tailed creatures scamper about.
Bunny sightings lead to talk of carrots, which leads to my carrot cupcakes (with a blog called Cupcake Project, it shouldn’t surprise you that I typically make cupcakes rather than cakes). This year, however, I’m on a pie kick. Cupcakes are fun, cute, and sometimes sassy, while pies are typically homey, comforting, and full of love. So, I decided to make carrot pie.
I fashioned my carrot pie after sweet potato pie (my all-time favorite pie), using roasted carrots instead of pureed sweet potatoes. However, I wanted to pull one of carrot cake’s best elements, the cream cheese frosting, into the pie. To accomplish this, I gave the pie a cheesecake layer.
If you didn’t guess from the fact that I tackled carrot pie, I’m not the most traditional pie maker. One of my favorite areas of pie baking is experimenting with the crust (I recently baked a crust made out of potato chips). I gave the carrot pie a pecan and brown sugar crust with a touch of ginger and lemon. Even if you don’t try the carrot pie, I’d suggest trying this crust. It would be a wonderful foundation for apple pie.
The Hamilton Beach Stack & Snap™ 10 Cup Food Processor made baking this pie a breeze. I used it to puree the roasted carrots (it’s so fun to drop them down the chute and watch them whiz around the bowl). I also used the food processor to chop the pecans – the food processor is a major time saver.