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Pineapple-Orange Pie with Macadamia Crust and Candied Nuts

A pie with a crunchy macadamia-nut-and-sugar-cookie crust, a supple pineapple-orange filling, and a cloud of whipped cream dotted with candied macadamia nuts beautifully balances textures.

  • Servings: 8
  • Yield: Makes one 9-inch

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2007

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups macadamia nuts (about 6 ounces)
  • 27 store-bought sugar cookies (6 3/4 ounces), such as Pepperidge Farm Bordeaux
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest, plus 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cups cold heavy cream

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pulse 3/4 cup macadamia nuts in a food processor until they resemble coarse crumbs; set aside in a small bowl. Pulse cookies in a food processor until they resemble coarse crumbs. Add cookie crumbs and melted butter to nuts; stir to combine. Press mixture into a 9-inch pie plate. Bake until golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.

  2. Put pineapple juice, orange zest and juice, 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch, salt, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, and the chopped pineapple into a medium saucepan. Simmer, stirring occasionally, over medium heat until thick and transparent, 5 to 7 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes. Pour into crust. Refrigerate 1 hour (up to overnight).

  3. Heat 1 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cook over medium heat until thickened and golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining 3/4 cup nuts. Spread nuts onto a baking sheet lined with parchment, and let cool completely. Coarsely chop.

  4. Beat cream with remaining tablespoon sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla until soft peaks form. Spread whipped cream over pie, and refrigerate 30 minutes. Serve sprinkled with candied nuts.

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