Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Upside-Down Pecan Pie

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Source: Martha Stewart.com



Upside-Down Pecan Pie

This upside-down pie is for the pecan-pie fan who prefers nuts and caramel to the traditional butterscotch filling. It is important to use a cast-iron skillet when making this dessert. Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients

Makes one 10-inch pie.

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1/2 cup honey
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
4 cups pecan halves (about 1 pound)
3/4 cup heavy cream
All-purpose flour, for dusting
1/2 Pate Brisee (Pie Dough - below)


Directions

In a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat, combine butter, honey, and sugars. Bring to a boil; let boil for 4 minutes. Add pecans and heavy cream, and boil 3 minutes more. Remove from heat, and set aside. Let stand about 30 minutes to cool. Using a wooden spoon, gently mound pecans and caramel slightly in center of skillet, leaving a gap between pecans and edge of skillet.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.with rack in the top third. On a clean, lightly floured work surface, roll out one disk of prepared chilled pastry to approximately a 7/8-inch-thick, 13-inch-diameter circle. Place the pastry over the skillet, carefully tucking the dough down against the edge of the skillet and around the edges of the mound of pecans. Trim the excess dough.

Place two rimmed baking sheets, one on top of the other, underneath the skillet to catch any drips while the pie bakes and to provide insulation for the caramel. Place skillet in the oven, and bake pie until the dough is just turning golden brown, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees, and continue baking until the pastry is cooked through and the caramel is bubbling up around the edges of the skillet, about 30 minutes more.

Remove the pie from the oven, and let cool about 20 minutes. Carefully invert the pie onto a parchment-lined tray or baking sheet (the pie is easy to transfer to serving plate once it has been inverted). Be careful inverting pie; the caramel is very hot. If the pie does not release easily from skillet, heat the skillet over medium heat for about 30 seconds. Serve warm.


Pate Brisee

Ingredients

Makes enough for one 9 or 10-inch double crust pie.

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 cup cold plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup plus 1 to 2 teaspoons ice water


Directions

Pulse flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor to combine. Add butter; process until mixture resembles coarse meal, about 10 seconds. With machine running, add ice water in a slow, steady stream through feed tube until dough just comes together (no longer than 30 seconds).

Turn out onto a work surface. Divide in half. Shape into disks. Wrap in plastic. Refrigerate at least 1 hour (up to 2 days). Pate Brisee Walnut Variation: Make recipe as directed, substituting 3/4 cup ground walnuts for 3/4 cup flour.