Ginger-Caramel Macadamia Tart

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Notes: Up to 1 day ahead, wrap cool tart airtight and chill. Cover chocolate sauce and chill; reheat to serve.

Yield:

Makes 10 to 12 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 618
Caloriesfromfat 61 %
Protein 7.4 g
Fat 42 g
Satfat 13 g
Carbohydrate 61 g
Fiber 0.7 g
Sodium 262 mg
Cholesterol 97 mg

Ingredients

Butter pastry (recipe below)
3 large eggs
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup minced crystallized ginger
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups salted, roasted macadamia nuts
Warm chocolate sauce (recipe below)
Vanilla ice cream or sweetened whipped cream (optional)

Preparation

1. Press butter pastry evenly over bottom of an 11-inch plain or fluted tart pan with removable rim; then press pastry up pan sides.

2. Bake in a 300° oven until pale gold, 12 to 15 minutes. Use hot or cool.

3. Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat to blend eggs, sugar, crystallized ginger, fresh ginger, and vanilla.

4. Rub macadamia nuts in a towel to remove excess salt. Lift nuts from towel and put in bowl. Mix and pour into pastry.

5. Bake on lowest rack in a 350° oven until top is golden and filling is set (test by gently shaking), 35 to 40 minutes. Cool tart on a rack. Remove pan rim and cut tart into wedges. Spoon warm chocolate sauce onto portions and accompany with ice cream.

Butter pastry: In a food processor or a bowl, combine 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 cup sugar. Add 1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter or margarine, in chunks, and whirl or rub with your fingers until fine crumbs form. Add 1 large egg yolk; whirl or mix with a fork until dough holds together.

Warm chocolate sauce: In a microwave-safe bowl or a 1- to 1 1/2-quart pan, melt 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips with 3/4 cup half-and-half (light cream) or milk in a microwave oven or over low heat, stirring often until sauce is smooth. Serve warm. Makes about 2 cups.

November 1998
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