Salted Honey tart.

What to do on a rainy day.

What to do on a rainy day.

Salted Honey Pie
makes one yummy 9-inch pie

for the crust (makes enough for a single crust 9-inch pie) Feel free to use your own favourite pie crust recipe. :)
250g organic plain flour.
140g cold organic salted butter
2 organic egg yolks.
A pinch of ginger
Enough cold water to bind.

Filling:
50g organic unsalted butter, melted
3/Tbl organic natural caster sugar
2 Tablespoons cornmeal (I used yellow)
a lg pinch of finger crushed maldon sea salt
3/4 cup of your favourite honey {Note: Pick a delicious honey – its flavour will dominate the pie.}
3 organic large eggs
1/2 cup organic double cream (approx 125 ml)
2 teaspoons white vinegar
½ vanilla pod scraped (or a few drops of essance)
2 Tablespoons fleur de sel, for garnish (Maldon sea salt will do if you cant find any.)

method
pre-heat oven to gas mark 6 (175c)
Make the pastry case:
Crumble the f;our. Salt and finely diced butter in your finger tips until you have a bowl of fine looking breadcrumbs.
Add the egg yols and cut this through with a blunt knife.
Add enough water to bring the pastry together.
Roll into a ball, chill for half hr.
Roll out onto a floured work carefully put into the tart tin. Cut the extra dough with some scissors approx 4cm above the tin, and line with baking parchemt and beans or baking stones…(or both!!)
Cook for approx 10 mins, if beginning to brown remove the paper and repeat for a few more mins, until the base is cooked.

For the filling: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter, sugar, cornmeal and salt. Add honey and whisk vigorously until well combined. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking for about 1 minute after each addition. Add cream, white vinegar, and vanilla paste (or extract, if using) and whisk (once more!) till combined and mixture is smooth.

Pour filling into chilled pie shell.
At this stake if you want to try something different add some chopped walnuts.
Bake 20-30 minutes, or until the filling puffs up like a marshmallow and the center is just slightly-wobbly. Remove pie from oven and place onto cooling rack. After about half an hour, sprinkle pie with fleur de sel.

Cool completely before serving (about 5-6 hours).

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