A delightful caramel pie with nuts and meringue
Yield
Serves 12
Prep Time
25mins
Cook Time
50mins
Difficulty Level
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A seemingly simple caramel pie can be instantly made more indulgent and elegant with swaths of fluffy meringue. Achieve the signature crispy brown layer by using a handheld torch, or by just popping it into the oven for another couple of minutes.

Ingredients

PASTRY

  • 1½ cup (225 g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 tbsp icing (confectioners') sugar
  • 150 g cold butter, chopped
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsps iced water, approximately

FILLING

  • 1 cup (120 g) pecans
  • 2 x 395 g canned sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup (110 g) firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 100 g butter, chopped

MERINGUE

  • 3 egg whites
  • ½ cup (110 g) caster (superfine) sugar
01.

Make pastry: Process flour, sugar and butter until crumbly; with motor operating, add egg yolk and enough of the water until ingredients come together. Knead dough gently on floured surface until smooth. Enclose pastry in plastic wrap; refrigerate 30 mins.

02.

Grease 24 cm round loose-based flan tin. Roll pastry between sheets of baking paper until large enough to line tin. Ease pastry into tin, press into base and side; trim edge. Cover; refrigerate 30 mins.

03.
Preheat oven to 200 C.
04.

Place tin on oven tray. Line pastry with baking paper; fill with dried beans or rice. Bake 15 mins. Remove paper and beans; bake further 15 mins. Cool.

05.

Place nuts on oven tray; roast about 3 mins or until browned lightly. Set aside to cool. Chop coarsely. Turn oven off.

06.

Place condensed milk, brown sugar and butter in a medium saucepan; cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat, about 15 mins or until thickened.

07.

Pour hot caramel into pastry case; sprinkle with nuts. Cover; refrigerate 2 hrs or until caramel is firm.

08.
Preheat oven to 240 C.
09.

Beat egg whites in a small bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating until dissolved between additions. Spoon meringue onto caramel mixture.

10.

Bake pie about 2 mins or until meringue is browned lightly.

TIP This pie can be made several hours ahead. Make meringue and bake just before serving.

Photo: bauersyndication.com.au

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