Monday, 8 September 2014

Carrot Cake Meringue Pie

molten carrot cake in a pie shell topped with fluffy marshmallow meringue

It was my mum’s birthday last week. Quite a milestone as she turned 65 years old. She is a young 65 though, still working and has a great social life.

And as tradition dictates, we had mum around for a birthday dinner. If you are a regular visitor to Cakeyboi, you will know that I make a carrot cake (her favourite cake) for her every year, albeit with a twist.

Two years ago I made a Carrot Loaf Cake and last year was a Carrot Cake Swiss Roll. But this year I wanted to go for something a wee bit different – Carrot Cake Meringue Pie.

Let’s be clear, this is not a carrot meringue pie – a pie with sweet carrot curd – it is a gooey carrot cake, in a pie shell, topped with fluffy marshmallowy meringue.



The ‘cake’ part is like a molten carrot cake, it has a wee bit of golden syrup in there to keep it gooier but tastes just like a proper carrot cake.

I used a shop-bought pie crust shell, but you could make you own, obviously, if you had time.



I made LOTS of meringue and piled it HIGH. This means when it is toasted on the outside, the inside it still nice and fluffy.

molten carrot cake in a pie shell topped with fluffy marshmallow meringue

Mum and Disneyboi (and I) loved it and I know you will too!


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Carrot Cake Meringue Pie
gooey carrot cake in a pie crust topped with lots of fluffy mallowy meringue
Ingredients
  • 9" shortcrust pie shell
  • 40 grams unsalted butter, melted
  • 150 grams light brown sugar
  • 100 grams golden syrup
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 50 grams plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 60 grams grated carrot
  • 60 grams pecans, chopped
  • 6 egg whites
  • 250 grams granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoon cornflour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
Preheat the oven to 180C and place the pie shell, in it's foil dish on a baking tray. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, bicarb, and salt in a bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix together the melted butter, brown sugar and syrup until smooth. Add the eggs and beat until incorporated. Add the flour mix and gently combine until the dry ingredients have been absorbed. Add the carrots and pecans and stir through. Transfer the cake batter to the pie shell and fill the pie as full as you can. Bake in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes. The cake will darken on top and there shouldn't be much wobble except in the middle, when ready. Allow to cool completely. Beat the egg whites in a mixer until foamy then slowly add the sugar and cornflour. Beat for about 5 minutes until the meringue is thick and glossy. Stir in the vanilla. Spoon or pipe the meringue on to the cooled pie as high as you can. Either in a low grill or with a blow torch, brown the outside of the meringue. The inside should stay soft and marshmallow like and the outside will have golden edges.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 9" pie



I am also entering this Carrot Cake Meringue Pie into a new monthly challenge we are taking part in. When I say we - I am referring to a new group that has been formed - Baking Boy Bloggers. The theme this month is meringue.



If you are a male blogger who likes to bake, why don't you join us?

Here are some other meringue recipes to inspire you...

Rhubarb Meringue Pie by Michelle at Utterly Scrummy
Lemon Meringue Cake also by Michelle at Utterly Scrummy
Cherry Meringue Pie by Sarah at Maison Cupcake
Pavlotart by Kavey at Kavey Eats
Apple Meringue by Camilla at Fab Food 4 All

30 comments:

  1. Wow that looks great and love that you're not stingy with the meringue!

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  2. Brilliant idea Stuart and I love how much meringue there is!

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  3. It looks amazing, and I think the huge pile of meringue is wonderful!

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  4. Oh my Stuart that looks awesome and your mum is one lucky lady. I can't imagine my son will every be baking me anything but luckily my daughter takes after me LOL! Thanks for linking to my Apple Meringue (no pie I'm afraid) less guilt and calories:-)

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    1. Opps - removed the pie bit! I hope your son surprises you someday!

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  5. Carrot cake is my request for my birthday also! This pie would be most welcome on my upcoming birthday!

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    1. I hope you had a great birthday Bonnie!

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  6. This is genius--must make this for my hub's birthday...

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  7. My word that looks blimmin' good! Love the lashing of meringue on top. Great idea :-)

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  8. Amazing! I love the way you reinvent the carrot cake every year, I bet your mum loves it too! Hope she had a lovely birthday and anything with sky high meringue gets my seal of approval :)

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  9. Wow that's an entire mountain of meringue, your Mum is a very lucky lady!

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    1. The more of a mountain the better I always say Jen!

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  10. This sounds so good, I love the piled high meringue!

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  11. 'molten carrot cake' sounds AMAZING, and that is one impressive heap of meringue! Looks delish!

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    1. Lol! Heap sounds do good here! Thanks Becca

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  12. That combines so many flavours I love, I wish you could make one for me!

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  13. Nice!!!!! Please send some over NOW!!!! The idea of molten carrot cake is just too good!

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  14. I think you've been a bit mean with the meringue :-)
    What a stunner - love the idea of using carrot in this recipe

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    1. Yes a bit mean, perhaps I should have added more ;)

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