Tastes like delicious carrot cake but it is a beautiful pie!
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup ice water
1 cup dark corn syrup
3 whole eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly ground
1/4 teaspoon cloves,
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 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
cup heavy whipping cream, chilled
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
Pie Crust: In mixing bowl (you can use a stand mixer with paddle attachment)
place dry ingredients and mix together. Slowly add the chilled shortening and mix
until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Slowly add in chilled ice water until dough
forms (you may not need all the water so add slowly).
Pat dough into a five inch
disk, wrap in plastic, and chill (dough rolls better if chilled). Dough may be refrigerated
When 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.
Pie Filling: Preheat over to 350 degrees F.
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 350 degrees F until filling is set, about
40-45 minutes. Insert a wooden 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
Serve extra cream filling in a small bowl on the side.
As a finishing touch, sprinkle cream cheese filling with a little cinnamon.
Yield: one 9-inch pie
Recipe makes enough dough for two pie crusts or 1 pie with a top and bottom
Submitted by: Chef Bryan Ehrenholm
Reprinted with permission from
the California Raisin Marketing Board.