I used to have a huge macadamia tree and we could not eat as many as we got much of the year round.
I have kept them and just found many kilos of them -unshelled, so decided to shell them (not an easy task -have to have a special machine) and start doing something with them, so decided on a Macadamia pie.
It is absolutely delicious, tasting like macadamias surrounded by toffee!
It is not too sweet as I added lemon juice and zest to give it that extra tang.
Ingredients 100 g unsalted butter, melted
½ cup Golden Syrup
½ cup light brown sugar -I used coconut sugar
½ tsp mixed spice
Grated zest and juice of a lemon
2 cups unsalted macadamias
Thick cream to serve (optional)
LINK to my pastry You could use bought sweet pastry though home made is of course, nicer.
Chill the pastry for 30 minutes if it is home made.
Roll it into a ball, and roll out flat -I did this in an 11 cm springform lined with baking paper. To prevent it sticking, I used glad wrap on top to maneouvre it as thin as possible.
Put some rice on the top and bake at about 190° for 10 minutes. Take out, take off rice and return to oven for another 5 - 10 minutes or until light golden and dry.
Reduce oven to 170°.
For the filling put butter, golden syrup, brown sugar, spice, zest, lemon juice and eggs in a large mixing bowl and beat until the mixture comes together.
Pour into the pastry shell.
Sprinkle the macadamias on top.
Now ready to bake
Bake for about 25 minutes until filling is firm and the nuts are golden.
Baked macadamia, golden syrup pie
Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pan. Serve either warm or at room temperature with cream (optional)