Ingredients

Custard
3 ​medium sized carrots, peeled and diced
2 ​cups (500 mL) heavy cream
1 ​cup (250 mL) homogenized milk
½ ​vanilla bean or 2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla extract
1 ​orange, zested
½ ​cup (125 mL) plus 2 tbsp (30 mL) sugar
8 ​egg yolks
½ ​tsp (5 mL) salt
Cream Cheese Icing
1 ​block (8 oz/228 g) cream cheese, room temperature
2 ​tbsp (30 mL) heavy cream
2 ​tbsp (30 mL) icing sugar
Walnut Compote
½ ​cup (125 mL) toasted walnuts
1 ​cup (250 mL) raisins
1 ​cup (250 mL) brandy
1​ orange, juiced

Directions

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To make custard: In a medium-sized, heavy-bottomed pot, place carrots, cream and milk and bring to a boil. Turn down heat to simmer, add vanilla and cook until carrots are tender. Add orange zest and place in a blender to purée.

In a large bowl, whisk to combine sugar, egg yolks and salt. Slowly pour puréed carrot mixture into egg yolk mixture, whisking as you pour.

Once combined, strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Pour custard into mason jars, or custard dishes.

Place the jars in a large baking dish or bain-marie. Pour hot water into the baking pan and bake at 325°F (160°C) for about 45-75 minutes, until custard is set in the middle. Note: baking time will vary depending on the depth of the custard dish.

Once custards have set, remove from the oven and water bath. Place on a cooling rack to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, wrap and store in the refrigerator.

To make cream cheese icing: Place cream cheese in an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whisk on medium speed for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add cream and icing sugar; whisk again for an additional 3 minutes. Stop mixer to scrape down sides of the bowl at least twice during mixing. Remove from mixer and store in a container until ready to use. Best served over the custard at room temperature.

Walnut Raisin Compote

To make walnut compote: Toast walnuts for 10-15 minutes in oven at 350°F (180°C); set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, place raisins, brandy and orange juice in a small pot; top with water to cover. Bring mixture to a boil then turn heat down to a simmer until liquid has reduced to a syrup consistency and raisins are tender and plump.

Cool mixture and combine with chopped walnuts.

Assembly: Place a spoonful of cream cheese icing over carrot custard; garnish cream cheese with compote. Makes 8 servings.

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