After a particularly grueling toning class at the gym, my friend RK and I were standing, sweating away, and talking about recipes. How incongruous is that! She told me about this “insanely delicious pie” that I must try. I was game; I’m always on the lookout for new creative ideas. I’ve made it a few times since and my friends and family went nuts over it, literally. The halva flavor isn’t too prominent here. It acts almost like an adhesive for the nuts to stick to the crust. It’s easy to put together and presents beautifully too. What’s more, you have a spare crust for making it next time too!
- flour - 1 1/3 cups (your can use spelt too)
- whole wheat pastry flour - 2/3 cup
- margarine - 3/4 cup (preferably butter flavored)
- eggs - 2
- baking powder - 2 1/2 tsp
- vanilla sugar - 2 tbsp
- salt - pinch
- vanilla halva - 2 cups
- walnuts - 2 cups, broken into large pieces
- sliced almonds - 1 1/3 cups
- slivered almonds - 1/3 cup
- maple syrup - generous 1/2 cup
- pareve whipping cream -
- maple syrup - for drizzling
Mix all dough ingredients together by hand or in a mixer until a dough forms. If the dough is sticky, add 2 more tablespoons flour. Divide dough in half. Freeze one for later use.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 340°F (170°C). Spray the bottom and sides of a tart pan with a removable bottom with cooking spray and press dough into pan and three-quarters of the way up the sides.
Crumble halva evenly over dough, gently pressing down. Sprinkle nuts one after the other, spreading evenly. Bake for 25 minutes or until crust is golden and nuts look roasted. Remove pie from oven and drizzle maple syrup all over the pie. Turn oven off and return pie to oven, leaving inside for 10 minutes. Cool before serving.
Garnish with whip cream and maple syrup, if desired. When serving, cut into at least 12 pieces, as this pie is very rich and a sliver is enough.
Note: Although natural maple syrup is preferred, you can use the artificial one generally used for baking. If you prefer a very crispy, crunchy pie, you can leave the oven on for the last 10 minutes as well. This pie freezes well.
Tip: To make this pie even more decadent, sprinkle a handful of chocolate chips first over the crust, before adding the halva.