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Pineapple and Macadamia Nut Tart

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Serves 6-8

Yields one 9-inch tart

  • by Dabney Gough from Fine Cooking
    Issue 115

This sunny-looking stunner uses buttery, slightly sweet macadamia nuts for both the filling and the crust. If you like, serve it with a dollop of rum-spiked whipped cream and toasted coconut flakes.

For the crust:
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4-1/2 oz. (1 cup) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz.) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
For the filling:
  • 3/4 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 oz. (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbs. light or dark rum
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
For the topping:
  • 1 Tbs. unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 medium fresh pineapple (about 3-1/2 lb.), peeled, cut lengthwise into quarters, cored, and cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices
  • 3 Tbs. mild honey, such as clover
  • 2 Tbs. light or dark rum
Make the crust:

In a food processor, pulse the nuts and sugar until finely chopped, 12 to 15 one-second pulses. Be careful not to overprocess; you want to keep some of the crunchy nut texture. Add the flour and 1/4 tsp. salt and pulse to combine. Add the butter and pulse just until the dough resembles coarse sand and starts to gather into clumps, about 8 one-second pulses. Drizzle the egg evenly over the mixture and pulse just until blended in, 5 to 6 one-second pulses. Do not overmix.

Turn the dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap and shape it into a disk (it will be very sticky). Wrap it tightly and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Using your fingers, press the dough evenly into the bottom (not the sides) of a 9-1/2-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom. If the dough sticks to your fingers, dip them in water. Freeze the crust for 20 minutes.

Make the filling:

In a food processor, grind the macadamia nuts until they resemble coarse sand. Add the remaining filling ingredients and process until completely smooth, about 2 minutes.

Top and bake the tart:
Tip:
See the Test Kitchen post to learn how to prep a pineapple.

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 375°F.

Using a small offset spatula, spread the filling over the bottom of the tart shell, leaving a 1/4-inch border, and then sprinkle with the flour. Working from the outside in and leaving a 1/4-inch border, arrange the pineapple tightly in overlapping concentric circles over the filling. (Each circle should overlap the previous circle by 1/2 inch.) Use larger pieces of pineapple for the outer circles and smaller pieces as you work your way toward the center. If necessary, trim pieces to fit. You may not need all of the pineapple, but it’s better to use more rather than less, since it will shrink as it bakes.

Tightly arrange the pineapple

Bake the tart, rotating the pan after 20 minutes, until the crust is light golden-brown, 30 to 35 minutes. If the edges brown too quickly, cover them with foil.

Meanwhile, combine the honey and rum in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until just slightly reduced, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Brush half of the honey syrup over the pineapple topping, taking care not to move the pineapple slices. Continue to bake the tart until the crust is deep golden-brown, 5 to 15 minutes more.

Transfer the tart to a rack and brush a bit more syrup on the top (you may not use it all). It’s OK if the tart looks liquidy in the center; it will thicken and firm up as it cools. Let cool completely and serve.

Make Ahead Tips

The tart can be made 1 day ahead. Cover it with plastic wrap and store at room temperature.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 520; Fat (g): 35; Fat Calories (kcal): 310; Saturated Fat (g): 14; Protein (g): 6; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 17; Carbohydrates (g): 50; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5; Sodium (mg): 60; Cholesterol (mg): 90; Fiber (g): 4;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Beautiful presentation and easy to assemble. Today I'll be making the second one this week!

this is not a review but a question. I live in Switzerland and macadamia nuts are virtually impossible to find. Have thought about making this using toasted almonds. Does anyone have a better selection of nuts as a replacement

SO DELICIOUS. Can't say anything bad or anything against this recipe. ONLY use fresh pineapple... it would be silly to use canned.

I have made this tart several times for small parties and it leaves such an impression that people talk about it for months afterward! The delicious combination of flavors and stunning presentation can't be beat--and no one will ever guess this gorgeous tart has such an easy, no-fuss assembly. Just don't grind the macadamias in the crust too fine; the crunch from the larger pieces is very satisfying.

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