- 3 cups heavy cream
- ½ vanilla bean, split
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- 5 egg yolks
Macadamia Nut Crust
- ½ pound macadamia nuts, toasted
- 1 cup flour
- 9 Tablespoons butter
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 cups heavy cream
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 ½ cups unsweetened coconut, lightly toasted
For Pastry Cream:
In medium, heavy bottomed saucepan, pour 2 ½ cups cream,
and scrape vanilla seeds into cream. Discard pod. Bring to scalding
over medium heat. While cream is being heated, combine egg yolks
with sugar and cornstarch. When cream is scalding, add remaining
½ cup cream to egg yolk mixture. Pour a few tablespoons hot
cream into egg yolks, stirring constantly. Pour egg mixture into
pot and turn heat to medium-low. Stirring constantly, cook egg and
cream mixture until very thick. Remove from heat, transfer to shallow
container, cover with plastic so film touches cream, preventing
skin formation. Refrigerate until cold and firm, 1 hour or more.
Combine nuts and flour in food processor. Pulse until nuts are finely
ground, and no more. In mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter
with sugar. Add yolk, mix thoroughly, then add nut/flour mixture
and salt. Mix until smooth. Form dough into ball, wrap in plastic,
then refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
Divide dough into two pieces. Between two sheets of plastic wrap,
roll one half out to 10 - inch diameter disc. Repeat with other
half. Line two 9 - inch tart pans with dough and chill in freezer
until very firm, about 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Place pie weights in shells, and bake
until light golden, about 15 minutes. Remove pie weights, prick
all over with fork, then bake until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes.
Cool on wire rack.
Combine heavy cream, sugar, and 2 cups pastry cream in mixer with
whip attachment. Whip at high speed until soft peaks form. Add coconut,
and continue whisking by hand until stiff peaks emerge. Spoon into
cooled tart shells. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until service.
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