Carrot Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Pie
Let's hear it for root vegetables in sugary desserts! And cheese in desserts, for that matter!
The cream cheese crust, a play on traditional cream cheese frosting, is a joy. It holds its shape incredibly well, distorts less readily than traditional lard-based crusts, and tends to be more tender than flaky. Even if this crust endures a bevy of rolling, shaping, fixing, and general manhandling, it will retain a lovely, smooth texture. The cream cheese taste is able to peek through, and is well complimented by the vanilla.
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