Macadamia Nut Tart with Sugar Crust
>from "hawaii cooks" 
serves 6 
macadamia nuts are another one of hawaii's premier crops, crunchy and 
buttery rich. they are grown mostly on the island of hawaii, where the 
beautiful evergreen trees cover thousands of acres. this tart, served 
warm with ice cream and caramel sauce, is a fine way to show off the 
delicate flavor of the macadamia. 
  sugar crust
1/4 cup  unsalted butter
2/3 cup  sugar
2   eggs
1 tsp  pure vanilla extract
pinch  of salt
2 cup  flour
1-1/2 cup  unsalted macadamia nut halves or quarters
2   eggs, beaten
1/2 cup  firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup  corn syrup
1/4 cup  unsalted butter
1 tsp  pure vanilla extract
  vanilla ice cream, for garnish
  caramel sauce, for garnish
to prepare the crust, in a bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. 
add the eggs, vanilla, and salt and blend well. add the flour and mix 
until a dough forms. shape the dough into a round flat disc, wrap in 
plastic, and chill for 1 hour, or until firm. preheat the oven to 350 
degrees f. on a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to an 11-inch 
round, 1/4-inch thick. transfer the dough to a 9-inch removable-bottom 
tart pan and press into the bottom and sides of the pan. trim the edges 
and discard the excess dough. line the pastry shell with aluminum foil 
and fill with pie weights or beans. bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until 
light golden brown. remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool 
decrease the oven to 325 degrees f. fill the bottom of the pastry shell 
with the nuts, spreading evenly. place the eggs in a bowl. in a small 
saucepan, combine the sugar, syrup, butter, and vanilla over medium-high 
heat. when the mixture begins to bubble around the edges, remove from the 
heat. slowly add about one-third of the sugar mixture to the eggs, 
whisking constantly. pour the egg mixture back into the sugar mixture and 
blend well. pour through a fine-meshed sieve over the nuts. place in the 
oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown. remove from the 
oven and allow to cool on a rack. serve warm, garnished with ice cream 
and caramel sauce. 
roy's tip: macadamia nuts tend to shard when they are chopped. to avoid 
this, cut whole nuts in quarters or halves, one by one. 
(ID: 13282) Mirror: Tue, Apr 15, 2003

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