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Oat and chocolate pies with maple cream


You'll need

100 gm rolled oats 165 gm (¾ cup) brown sugar ½ tsp ground cinnamon 250 ml (1 cup) maple syrup 75 gm butter, melted 1 tsp vanilla bean paste 4 eggs, lightly beaten 50 gm dark chocolate (55% cocoa solids), coarsely chopped, plus extra finely grated, to serve   Walnut butter pastry 225 gm (1½ cups) plain flour 90 gm walnuts, finely ground 1½ tbsp caster sugar 165 gm chilled butter, cut into 2cm pieces 1½ tbsp white vinegar   Toasted rice puffs 110 gm (½ cup) caster sugar 1 tsp liquid glucose 25 gm (1½ cups) toasted rice puffs (see note)   Maple cream 250 ml (1 cup) thickened cream 125 gm (½ cup) crème fraîche 60 ml (¼ cup) maple syrup

Method

  • 01
  • For walnut butter pastry, combine flour, walnuts, sugar and a large pinch fine sea salt flakes in a large bowl. Turn out onto a work surface, scatter butter over and cut into flour with a pastry cutter or knife, until loosely combined with chunks of butter still visible. Combine vinegar with 75ml iced water, drizzle over flour mixture, mix with a pastry cutter to combine, then bring together with the heel of your hand. Shape into a disc and refrigerate to rest (2 hours).
  • 02
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface to 5mm thick, cut out eight 14cm-diameter rounds and line 8 metal pie tins with a 6cm base and 9cm top (see note), trim edges and refrigerate to rest (1½ hours). Blind-bake until pastry edges are set and light golden (7-8 minutes), then remove weights and paper, and bake until cooked through (8-10 minutes). Set aside to cool.
  • 03
  • Meanwhile, scatter oats over a baking tray and toast, stirring occasionally, until light golden (7-8 minutes), then set aside to cool. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a bowl, add maple syrup, butter and vanilla, then whisk to combine. Add eggs one at a time, whisking well after each addition, then mix in oats.
  • 04
  • Divide chocolate among pastry cases, top with oat filling and bake until golden, puffed and cooked through (30-35 minutes), covering edges with foil if browning too quickly. Set aside to cool.
  • 05
  • For toasted rice puffs, bring sugar, glucose and 1 tbsp water to the simmer in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar, then bring to the boil and cook without stirring until a caramel forms (4-6 minutes). Remove from heat, add rice puffs and a pinch of fine sea salt flakes, stir to combine with an oiled spoon, then turn out onto a tray lined with baking paper and spread in an even layer. Allow to cool (15-20 minutes), then break into pieces before serving.
  • 06
  • For maple cream, whisk cream, crème fraîche and maple syrup until soft peaks just form (over-whisking will make the mixture split). To serve, spoon maple cream onto pies and scatter with rice puffs and grated chocolate.

Note Rice puffs are available from supermarkets and health-food stores. In lieu of the suggested metal pie tins, fill greased Texas muffin tins, leaving 1cm at the top.


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  • Serves 8 people
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