American-style coffee cream pie

pastry-baseVarious types of ‘cream pie’ is something you’ll often see on an American menu, from banana to toffee versions. We’ve concocted our own version of this US classic, using our favourite ingredient: coffee.

To serve 4 to 6, you’ll need:

For the pastry:

  • 225g plain flour
  • 110g butter
  • 80g sugar
  • 60g hazelnuts
  • 1 large egg
  • Milk

For the pie:

  • 40g plain flour
  • 85g caster sugar
  • 20g butter
  • Two large egg yolks
  • 200ml double or whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua or Tia Maria
  • 240ml strong black coffee
  • 240ml milk

What to do:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Arrange the hazelnuts on a baking tray, and put them in the over for three or four minutes until just starting to colour, Remove, and grind to a coarse powder using a pestle and mortar. Set aside.
  2. Make the pastry by rubbing the butter into the flour until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar and hazelnuts, and add the egg and enough milk to bind the mixture into a soft dough.
  3. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface, and roll out until sufficiently large to line a 20cm deep flan dish. Transfer the pastry to the dish, pressing it well into the edges and trimming off any overhang. Prick the base of the pastry with a fork, and transfer to the oven for around 15 minutes or until the pastry is pale golden brown. Remove, and allow to cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, make the filling. Make the coffee from freshly roasted espresso coffee beans, and allow to cool completely.
  5. In a large saucepan, add the flour, caster sugar, coffee and milk and cook over a low heat until the mixture thickens. Beat the egg yolks, and slowly add them to the mixture, stirring constantly to prevent them scrambling.
  6. Stir in the butter until completely melted, then let the mixture cool before spreading it into the pastry shell.
  7. Whip the cream, liqueur and sugar together until the mixture is stiff but not solid. Spread it over the pie filling, and serve.

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