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Salty Nut Pie

Salty Nut Pie

Go nuts. [Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]

This alternative to classic pecan pie has a salty caramel filling and a mixed cocktail nuts topping, making each bite well-balanced between salty and sweet and multi-textured.

Notes: It's very important to use a large saucepan as a low-sided pan will not hold the caramel once it begins to sputter in Step 2. I really, really dislike Brazil nuts and picked them out of the mix when I made this pie. And, on occasion, I add salted and roasted peanuts or honey roasted peanuts to the mix.

Blind bake your pie crust for about 10 minutes at 375°F, then reduce oven temperature to 350°F.

About the author: María del Mar Sacasa is a food stylist, recipe developer, and author of the food blog Cookin' and Shootin'. Her first book, Winter Cocktails is currently on sale.

Salty Nut Pie

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About This Recipe

Yield:Makes one 9-inch pie, serving 8
Active time:30 minutes
Total time:2 hours, 20 minutes
Special equipment:large heavy-bottomed saucepan, pastry brush, 9-inch pie plate, cooling rack
This recipe appears in: Holiday Baking: Salty Nut Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe easy pie crust, blind baked (see notes)
  • 2 cups (14 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) water
  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups mixed roasted and salted nuts (see notes)

Procedures

  1. 1

    Adjust oven rack to the middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. 2

    Combine sugar, corn syrup, and water in large, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook over medium heat, brushing inside of pan with a damp pastry brush to prevent sugar crystals from scorching, until sugar is completely dissolved. Increase heat to medium-high and boil mixture until dark amber and just beginning to smoke, 10 to 12 minutes. Immediately remove pan from heat and add cream (mixture will sputter and bubble).

  3. 3

    Once mixture has settled, return to medium-low heat and stir in salt. Cook, stirring, until mixture is smooth. Transfer to large bowl and allow to cool completely.

  4. 4

    Whisk eggs into cooled caramel. Fold in nuts and pour mixture into prepared pie crust. Bake until pie is set, about 45 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack and allow to cool completely before serving.

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