January 24, 2007


Chocolate macadamia nut pie (San Jose Mercury News, Jan. 24, 2007)

Chocolate crust:
3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), room temperature
1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups cake flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter ( 1/2 stick)
2 ounces semisweet chocolate
5 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups dark corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups halved macadamia nuts

To make crust, use an electric mixer to cream 3/4 cup butter and 1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar together on low speed. Add egg yolk, cream and vanilla and mix well. In another bowl, combine flour, cocoa and salt. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients, mixing until incorporated. Press into a square on a piece of plastic and wrap well. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours.

Remove dough from refrigerator, unwrap and knead on floured work surface until dough is pliable. Roll out dough to a round 1/4-inch thick and 12 to 13 inches in diameter. Spray an 11-inch tart pan with removable bottom with vegetable spray. Carefully transfer dough to pan and press down on the bottom and sides. Using a rolling pin, press down on edges of pan to trim off excess dough. Refrigerate tart pan for 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line tart shell with foil (no weights). Bake 15 minutes or until pastry begins to pull away from sides of pan. Remove from oven and allow to cool before removing foil. Decrease oven temperature to 300 degrees.

To make filling, melt 4 tablespoons butter over low heat in a small saucepan. Stir in chocolate until completely melted. In bowl, mix, eggs, sugar and corn syrup. Add chocolate mixture to eggs and mix well. Add vanilla and nuts and mix well. Pour filling into prebaked shell. Bake 1 hour and 20 minutes, until filling puffs up in center but is not cracked. Allow to cool on rack, then refrigerate 2 hours. Serve with whipped cream.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 24, 2007 6:51 PM

And they pave roads with the shells. What's not to like?

Posted by: ghostcat at January 24, 2007 9:08 PM