Thursday, May 23, 2013

Macadamia Nut Tart

Recipe adapted from here

I don't have a food processor. This is not something I am OK with, but it is what it is.
When it came to making this tart (and other items) I just keep working the ingredients with a fork over and over until the dough is formed.

One would think I would have ripped arms. Sadly, no.

I put this tart together, and baked it. When I pulled it out of the oven I got a little panicky. The entire middle of the tart was still so incredibly liquid.

Hubby talked me into letting it cool and just "see what happens". So glad I listened to him (mark the calendar!) and didn't put it back in the oven. Once the tart was cooled, the inside gelled to just the right consistency.

We had this at a party. One person suggested that it looked like a baked bean pie (new idea? Hmmm) Everyone who tried it compared it to a twisted pecan pie.

1 Cup all purpose flour
½ Cup butter, cubed
3 oz cream cheese, cubed
⅛ Tsp salt
1 ¾ Cup sugar
¾ Cup water
½ Tsp lemon juice
⅓ Cup heavy whipping cream
¾ Cup butter
1 Cup dry roasted macadamia nuts (coarsely chopped)
Whipped Cream (optional)

1. Process first 4 ingredients in a food processor until dough forms a ball.
2. Roll into a 12 inch circle.
3. Place dough in 10 inch tart pan, trim edges, leaving a 1 inch overhang.
4. Fold overhang inside pan, and press against sides, forming a thick edge.
5. Line pastry with aluminum foil. Fill with pie weights or dried beans.
6. Bake at 375 for 18 minutes. Remove from oven, and place on a wire rack to cool.
7. Reduce oven temperature to 350
8. Combine sugar, water, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan.
9. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, 25 minutes or until mixture turns a dark amber color.
10.Remove from heat and carefully stir in cream and butter until smooth.
11. Place nuts in bottom of tart shell.
12. Place tart on a baking sheet.
13. Pour caramel mixture over nuts.
14. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
15. Remove tart from oven and place on a wire rack.
16. Cool completely. Serve with whipped cream.


I guess it kind of does look like a "baked bean pie"!

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