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Macadamia Nut Pie

I’ve written about this before but once upon a time, many moons ago, my ex, who was the night manager at a convenience store when I was expecting Darling Daughter, brought me home a little cookbook that was packaged with a carton of Benson and Hedges cigarettes (yeah, it was a LONG time ago).  It was full of recipes from America’s Favorite Resorts, and since Darling Daughter will be 23 in about 2 weeks, it goes without saying that the book is a bit…outdated.

It doesn’t mean the recipes aren’t damn good.  Because they are.

And this is one.

Coconut and Crust

The book is titled Recipes from America’s Favorite Resorts, and this one comes from the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii.  It’s my understanding that the Mauna Kea was the standard for high-end resorts in Hawaii from the time it opened in 1965 through the 80s; by the time Beloved and I discovered it in 2003 it was a little shabby and outdated (sort of like my cookbook), but still a charming and lovely place.  It certainly had one of the nicest beaches in the area – when we Beloved and I weren’t attempting to access remote black sand beaches, we spent hours lounging in a secluded cove at the far end of the Mauna Kea’s beautiful white sand beach (in fact, I learned to snorkel there).

Lots of Eggs

(It also didn’t hurt that Roy Yamaguchi’s restaurant was located in the resort right across the road.)

I heard the Mauna Kea was renovated a couple of years ago, and I’m a little sad because it’s now just another glitzy resort.  I’m going to miss that Grand Old Dame of a hotel.

I, of course, knew nothing of this when I first received this little gem of a cookbook – all I knew is that the descriptions of the resorts, including the Mauna Kea (which I never thought I’d ever really see), were wonderful and the recipes made me want to cook them.

Nuts, honey, butter and sugar

So I did, and you should too.  This is not an inexpensive pie to make, so I usually save it for special occasions, and it is very sweet and very, very rich – when it says the 9-inch will serve 8 – 12 people, it will serve 8 – 12 people.  But it is oh, so delicious.

Macadamia Nut Pie

Note: all ingredients should be at room temperature.

Macadamia Nut Pie

serves 8 – 12

7 eggs, slightly beaten

3/4 cup melted butter

3/4 cup honey

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 cup flaked coconut (I use unsweetened coconut when I can find it)

1 unbaked 9″ pie shell

1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped macadamia nuts

Preheat the oven to 325° F.

Mix the eggs, butter, honey and sugar with an electric mixer on low until smooth. Sprinkle the coconut over the bottom of the pie shell; pour the egg/honey mixture over the coconut.  Be careful; the crust will be full.  Sprinkle the macadamia nuts evenly over the filling.

Bake for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool for at least 30 minutes, but this pie is delightful if served a little warm.


18 comments

ssg says:

you know, you can still get this second hand. I went to buy it on amazon as they’re only 99c but they don’t ship to the UK :( sounds like a great book- looking forward to more recipes!
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This makes me want to go visit Psuedo. Sigh … what to do with my troll today? I hate when people make my Monday morning get off to a bad start.
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SuziCate says:

Oh, does that ever look and sound wonderful. My laptop is getting waterlogged with my drool!

Lori says:

Sounds yummy Jan! I think I gained another 5 lbs just reading this. :) Thanks a lot!!! Happy Monday!
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Jenni says:

wow. just wow.
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Gretchen says:

LOVING the pictures. Oh, and the recipe sounds fab.
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LPC says:

Love the photo of the eggs:).
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How is this expensive? Is it the macadamia nuts? Because I think I’d pay a lot for a slice of this action!
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rubbish says:

Jan, you need to publish a cook book. I’d buy it.
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Mama Badger says:

Oooh, that does look good. I would have nice tropical thoughts while eating that in our 20 degree weather. Is it crunchy and gooey at the same time? Mmmm.
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mrsbear says:

I’m sitting here with my decidedly unspectacular veggie burger drooling over your pie, especially after denying myself sweets for the last week. I love pie. When PMS rolls in a couple of weeks from now, I am testing this sucker out.

Monica says:

OMG…someone in this house is going to make this for me THIS week! I’m having my knee surgery Thursday and I do believe this would help with the pain. :)

You are doing really good with your photographs..they look very professional! If you published a cookbook I too would buy it.
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Mo says:

That pie looks good. Pity you live so far away.

Are you the next Mrs Beeton?
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Erin says:

You’re doing such a great job w/ the food photography.

I’m allergic to macadamia nuts. Of course. This looks divine.
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Beth says:

Oh… so sinful. My husband and I LOVE macadamia nuts.
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God this sounds good!
And your photos are scrumptious!
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Pseudo says:

You could so move here and open a diner.
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Oh man I wish I liked Macadamia nuts! Looks and sounds delicious! Well, with the exception of the nuts… ;)
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