The Oscars are less than a week away and if you're anything like us, you're as excited about the stars, the dresses and, most importantly, the FOOD! This week we will be presenting some of our favorite recipes inspired by this year's Academy Award nominees. We kick it off with a scrumptious macadamia nut crusted coconut pie inspired by 'The Descendants' from Sienna DeGovia of http://siennacake.com. She's definitely got our vote!
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For the Crust:
1 cups (100 g) ginger snaps
1 cup (135 g) macadamia nuts, toasted
2 tbsp (25 g) sugar
1 tsp (5 mL) salt
5 tbsp (75 g) butter, melted
For the Filling:
½ cup (100 g) sugar
4 large egg yolks
⅓ cup cornstarch
1 cup (240 mL) whole milk
1- 14 oz. (415 mL) can coconut milk
For the Topping:
1 pint (475 mL) heavy cream
1 cup (90 g) sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C).
In a food processor, pulse the ginger snaps until they are finely ground into crumbs. Dump into a bowl and set aside.
Add the macadamia nuts and pulse until they are also finely ground and add to the bowl. Stir in the sugar, salt and butter until everything is well incorporated.
Press the crumb mixture into a 9" (23 cm) pie pan and par-bake for 10 minutes, or until the crust has set. Take out of the oven and cool.
While the crust is baking, start on the filling. Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk the sugar and egg yolks until pale yellow. Add the cornstarch and salt and whisk well to form a paste.
In a saucepan, heat the milk and coconut milk until it just starts to foam. Remove from the heat and slowly add to the egg mixture, whisking constantly to prevent curdling.
Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat until just boiling, whisking constantly and making sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the pan.
After the custard boils, cook it for another minute until thick. Remove from the heat and stir in the rum.
If there are any lumps, pass the custard through the mesh strainer. Pour the custard into the cooled crust and smooth the top with a spatula.
Refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight.
When ready to serve the pie, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Top the pie with the whipped cream and finish with the toasted coconut. Slice and serve.
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