If you have never tried Carrot Pudding you are missing out on a real treat. Carrots are first cooked and then baked into a delicious pudding.
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Old Fashioned Carrot Pudding
Sometimes this dish is called carrot soufflé. Whether you want to call it pudding or soufflé is up to you. Either way, this old-fashioned carrot pudding recipe is super simple to make and even those who hate vegetables will love this dish.
Baked carrot pudding is a classic dish that’s the perfect side to entice picky eaters. This sweet carrot pudding is one of the best ways to use fresh carrots. It comes out wonderfully flavorful and moist and is a little reminiscent of a super moist carrot cake.
What is carrot pudding?
You might think that whenever you hear the word pudding, it means chocolate or vanilla pudding. But the term “pudding” can describe something else entirely.
In fact, in many cultures around the world, pudding can be something savory. Carrot pudding bridges the gap – it is both sweet and savory.
Carrot Pudding Origin
Many food historians believe that carrots were used to make sweet cakes in medieval Europe. Sugar was expensive, and many people used carrots as a substitute.
Variations of carrot pudding evolved to include baking with a crust (as pumpkin pie), and steamed with a sauce or molded in pans (as plum pudding).
Read much more about the history of carrot pudding.
What Makes This the Best Recipe for Carrot Pudding?
This recipe will become a family favorite even if you have kids who usually turn up their noses when presented with carrots. Whenever you serve this old-fashioned carrot pudding, I guarantee the dish will come back empty. Serve it to guests, and people will wonder what’s in it and ask for the recipe.
Carrot Pudding Ingredients
You aren’t going to need any exotic ingredients for your carrot pudding. You are going to need only a few simple things. Here’s a list:
- Baking powder
- Vanilla extract
- All-purpose flour
- Powdered sugar for garnish
For a gluten-free carrot pudding, use gluten-free flour.
Substitute brown sugar for regular sugar for an extra depth of flavor. Brown sugar will give it a slight caramel accent.
Ditch the powdered sugar and top your baked carrot pudding with whipped cream or sour cream.
And, here’s a vegan carrot pudding recipe for all you vegan eaters out there.
Carrot Buying Tips
For this recipe, buying a large inexpensive bag of carrots is practical, and it is ok if the carrots are huge. In fact, the larger the carrot, the sweeter it can be.
However, if you want to buy baby-cut carrots because they are easy to use and you don’t have to peel and cut them, that’s ok too.
Here’s a video explaining why carrots harvested in cold weather taste sweeter.
Cooking the Carrots
Cooking the carrots until they are fork-tender then combining them with the rest of the ingredients is the real key to this recipe.
You can cook the carrots in two ways:
- You can steam carrots on the stovetop or in your Instant Pot.
- You can simply boil carrots. I prefer to steam them, but other ways work well.
Some people like to roast carrots in a little butter to really bring out their natural sweetness and flavor.
How to Make Carrot Pudding
- Once the carrots are cooked and tender, blend them with a mixer.
- Add the other ingredients, leaving the eggs and vanilla until last. Adding the eggs too early will cause them to start cooking from the heat of the carrots.
- Place the mixture in a casserole dish and bake at 325°F for 1 hour. If your oven runs hot, reduce the temperature a bit to avoid scorching the bottom.
Carrot Pudding Recipe Variations
This pudding recipe is a classic and is very good, but it also lends itself to customization. So have fun with it and create your own carrot pudding traditions! Here are a few ideas.
- Jazz things up with a grating of fresh ginger for some zing and fresh orange zest for added brightness.
- Instead of the vanilla, spice your pudding with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves.
- Turn the recipe into a Christmas pudding by adding raisins, orange juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Click here for a helpful recipe.
- For an additional festive flavor, add 1/3 cup of brandy.
- For some added texture, include 1/2 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts.
How to Serve Carrot Pudding
This is a perfect dish to make for holiday meals like Easter, Christmas, or Thanksgiving. It’s also great to bring to potluck dinners or as a light lunch dish for bridal or baby showers.
Carrot Pudding also makes a good dessert. Try this pudding with:
What Goes With Carrot Pudding
How to Store Carrot Pudding
Leftover carrot pudding can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in your fridge for up to 5 days. It freezes well (best eaten within 2 months). Reheat briefly in the microwave.
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Classic Carrot Pudding
- 2 pounds carrots about 8 medium-large carrots
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup butter melted
- 4 eggs
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease a 1 1/2 quart baking dish or 9-inch square pan.
- Wash, peel, and cut the carrots into 3-inch pieces. Cut the thicker pieces in half lengthwise so they are the same thickness and will cook evenly.
- Cook the carrots in a pot of boiling water for about 6 minutes, or until the carrots are fork-tender.
- Drain the carrots and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
- Puree the carrots with a mixer until they are smooth.
- Add the sugar, baking powder, vanilla, and flour and beat for 3 minutes.
- Continue to beat while slowly adding the melted butter.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Pour the mixture into the greased baking pan, and bake for about 1 hour, or until set in the center.
- Lightly dust the top with powdered sugar just before serving.