Pop quiz.

Please everyone put away your things and take out your number two pencils.

(SIDE NOTE – I find this whole number two pencil thing extremely amusing. I have classmates, to this day, who, every time we take a Scantron test, frantically examine their mechanical pencils to make sure that they are actually number two. It is really hard to get your hands on a non-number two pencil. I mean, you have to make a serious effort. You would have to go to a special store and specifically request to NOT be given a number two pencil. And even then, I’m pretty sure there are some release papers you have to sign and some psychological evaluations you have to go through. Those things are highly regulated. Right up there with guns. The moral being that one is not going to just appear in your pencil case. Especially not if the pencil in your bag is the same one that you’ve been using for every test. All year.)
Back to the quiz.

Question 1. How often would you say that you decide to cook something (or the converse – decide not to cook something) based on its blogworthiness?

(a) Never
(b) Sometimes
(c) Always

Question 2. How often do you change a recipe just so it can be entered into a blog event and/or to make it just unique enough that it is blogworthy?

(a) Sometimes
(b) Never
(c) Always

Question 3. When asked what you are cooking for the week, how often do those you are telling back away slowly while obviously trying to not make any sudden movements?

(a) Always
(b) Most of the time
(c) A good portion of the time

And, for good measure, I will throw in a question that we had on a recent medical school exam. For one quick round of, Are You Smarter Than A Med Student.

Question 4. You are a genetic counselor. A patient comes into see you and through extensive genetic testing, you diagnose them as having a rare genetic disease. Do you:

(a) Email the patient’s contact info, disease status, and photograph to everyone in your address book along with the caption – Aren’t you glad this isn’t you?
(b) Run out of the room screaming.
(c) Offer the patient genetic counseling by explaining their disease to them along with various treatment options that are available.
(d) Point at the patient, laugh, and then refer them to another doctor. You don’t want any patients with actual illnesses cramping your style.

I wish that this question were an exaggeration. Really. I do. Now I hope you see why I have time to cook so much.
The moral being that when I told my friends that I was making macadamia nut pie for dessert, they all looked at me as if I had five heads. Because who has ever heard of macadamia nut pie. And why was I making it when Matt said his favorite dessert was PECAN pie.

You know who has heard of it. Roy Yamaguchi. Otherwise known as the original Iron Chef. Writer of many cookbooks, including Pacific Bounty, Roy’s Feasts From Hawaii, Hawaii Cooks with Roy Yamaguchi, and Roy’s Fish and Seafood. And owner of a few (okay, MANY) restaurants.

And do you know where the majority of macadamian nuts are grown and cultivated? Hawaii.

And do you know where Hawaii is located? The South Pacific.

And do you know what the location for this month’s Regional Recipes is? You guessed it.

So that is the story behind the etiology of this pie. I needed an entry for this month’s Regional Recipes. Simple as that.

Thankfully, in addition to being simple, it was also delicious. I believe Sophie’s comment was, “Wow. This is nice.”

It tastes even better after spending a day in the fridge. And when you’ve just had a long day of hobbling around on crutches. And haven’t been able to run or exercise at all for four days. And are severely endorphin-deprived. Just saying.

Macadamia Nut Pie
Makes 1 9-inch pie, adapted from Bon Appetit

3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
3 eggs
3 tbsp butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla
1 frozen 9-inch pie crust
2 cups roasted macadamia nuts (I used salted mainly because I like the sweet/salty combination)

1. Preheat the oven to 375.

2. In a bowl, mix together the brown sugar throgh the vanilla until well blended. Fill the pie crust with the macadamia nuts. Pour the sugar mixture over the nuts in the pie crust. Bake pie until center puffs slightly, about 55 minutes. Can be prepared a day ahead, if so then store it in the refrigerator.

I am submitting this to Regional Recipes which is being hosted this month by Blazing Hot Wok!

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48 Responses to Macadamia Nut Pie

  1. OMG!!! This looks amazing. I totally am already thinking how I can do this Gluten Free…LOL. I think this would be a big hit in my house.

  2. I answered C to every question on your quiz (although technically, I answered A and C on the last one)

    What a great idea. I love this a lot… somehting to consider for one of the holiday meals

  3. That looks amazing! I love macadamias! Wish they didn’t cost a fortune… I try to have a few on hand but my husband always eats them… always!

  4. Velva says:

    Joanne, Your blog post made me smile. I would love to enjoy macadamia nut pie! I bet it has a sweet and salty taste-YUM!

  5. monicajane says:

    your blog posts always make me smile…I’m not an abitious enough cooking blogger to answer all the questions as some of you might. I have yet to submit my stuff anywhere and have no plans to…I do however always think about blogworthiness when I cook…I’ve also been known to post stuff that isn’t all that blogworthy…

    the pie looks good though I wouldn’t eat it but perhaps one bite…I know my husband would scarf it however! I’ve made pecan pies for him before…this is a nice alternative.

    salty/sweet rules!

  6. doggybloggy says:

    1) a 2) b 3) c and the last one just to keep the flow going lets go with d. This is one pricey pie!

  7. Mari says:

    B, C, C lol….yums that pie looks amaxing!

    Then next time we meet up, you have to bring some sort of pastry =)

  8. Oh, you crack me up. 🙂 The number two pencil thing is hilarious. 🙂 And this pie looks divine. I love the salty sweet combo too. 🙂

  9. Faith says:

    I had to laugh about the pencils…I agree, I don’t know of any that aren’t #2! This pie looks fabulous, and I love your idea of using salted nuts…I’m a big fan of the sweet/salty combo too!

  10. I vote for your blog as the most entertaining in all categories.

    Your pie is good, too.

    Forget medicine, forget being a chef…..How about writing comedy for those really clever comedians that can do more than one liners?

  11. Bob says:

    Holy crap, I need to make that. Need to. It sounds amazing! My girlfriend loves macadamia nuts too, so she’ll be excited. Or she’ll kill me. One of the two.

    Oh and b,a,b,c. Heh.

  12. Palidor says:

    Hmm, that reminds me of the very stupid questions that were on the Bar exam. Honestly, anyone who answered that question wrong should automatically fail on principle.

    The pie looks amazing. People like you who think outside the box, whether in food or medicine, are destined for greatness!

  13. Elizabeth says:

    I think this might be my solution to pecan pie. I think everyone looks at me like I have three heads if I ever mention that I really dislike pecan pie… nevermind that the whole reason I dislike it is that I really dislike pecans. But, wow, that pie looks good.

  14. Toni says:

    I’m always amazed to find such pretty food so easy to make. Now to find macadamia nuts…

  15. very cool pie of Deb from Hawaii is going to rock in this one!

  16. Karine says:

    I hope you will feel better soon!

    Great tart. I heat macademia 🙂

    By the way, I was always screw up at University when I had a a multiple choices exam. Oh well these days are over now 🙂

  17. You have no idea how much I love this pie! Pecan is one of my favorites but Macadamia just puts that to shame. And it’s really gorgeous too!

  18. Amy says:

    Oh, Joanne…me likey. I mean, come on – it’s pie, sure, but also Macadamia nuts? YUMMY. It’s the totally under utilized nut (probably because they’re so expensive.)

    p.s. I had no idea there was anything other than a #2 pencil.

  19. Pam says:

    You’re so right! Are there even number one or number 3 pencils??

  20. I think I’m all B’s … and I was a very serious student who used to fret about the no. 2 pencil thing. I once cried in junior high because I had to take a standardized test and my pencil had no number on it. I was pretty sure I’d doomed my chances of ever getting into college.

    And this looks great! I’ve got a recipe for a caramel macadamia nut pie that I haven’t tried yet. And now I’m not sure which one I want to try first. 🙂 How would it taste with some drizzled chocolate? I’m addicted to macadamias with chocolate …

  21. Kerstin says:

    LOL about the number 2 pencils 🙂 I’ve never heard of Macadamia Nut Pie before, but what an amazing idea – it looks fantastic!

  22. This looks like a stellar pie! I love macadamia nuts! I never decide to cook or not cook anything because of its blogworthiness, it’s too much trouble. I’ll post it whether it’s worthy or not.

  23. Graziana says:

    yes, sometimes I choose my meals because of their blogworthiness, but the real crazy stuff -shhh, don’t tell anybody- is that I also “wrote” the post in my head while I cook or harvest the ingredients!

  24. Debinhawaii says:

    Mac nut pie is one of my favorites as is Roy, originator of Hawaiian Fusion cooking! 😉 His original restaurant is right by my house but I’ll confess we usually get his Melting Hot Chocolate Souffle when it comes to dessert. What a great job you did–beautiful pie!

  25. Michelle says:

    What a gorgeous and unique pie! Love the use of the Macadamia Nuts!

  26. hhha i KNOW trader joe’s pb requires so much stirring it’s not even funny! lame!

    omg. witty gchats are BOMB..except when you are stuck without a comeback! i need to enroll in SARCASTIC WITTY REPLIES 101.

  27. Chef Aimee says:

    At the American Hotel in Sag Harbor here on Long Island is the only place I know of that has a macadamia nut pie. It is delicious – thank you for sharing this rare treat’s recipe!

  28. Barbara says:

    I picked up my pencil holder just to see if I could prove you wrong and sure enough, all #2. (Do they make any others? LOL)
    OK, the pop quiz… lemme see. b,b,c,c. (And I hope your’re kidding on that last one.)
    Now to the important stuff: Macadamia nuts are to die for. And this is a spectacular pie! Please, let’s not discuss calories!

  29. Megan says:

    Wow – I thought scantron and the whole #2 pencil debacle went out a long time ago. I remember those from when I was a kid.

    Anyways, that pie looks like it needs a license to be consumed.

    And I’ll go get in line.

  30. teresa says:

    i so have to find me a non number too pencil now, lol! fun post! i love that pie, i’ve never even thought to do one with macadamia nuts!

  31. Yasmeen says:

    A, A ,C and C …fun quiz 😀
    Love the pie,unusual but very nutritious 😀

  32. Elra says:

    What a fantastic idea using macadamia, I am afraid that I’ll eat half pie by my self.

  33. yOU are fantastic in everything Joanne-am sure i could say c to all (if only u knew how i have a ball(time i tell u)getting the light right to take pics on the cell phone camera…
    THanx a ton for an awesomely elicios and rare recipe-and yeah medicine rocks(i did a small research recently and was sucessful but it was on a personal level) as much as does the science of pouring over pots and pans…..
    And u know what-u read me so well,im actually jiggling every single day with carols in the kitchen and to keep up with the blogging sleep real late or rather early morn and blogger seems to be bugging ntbk or vice versa…
    Cheers and catcha soon…..
    keep rocking….

  34. Katy ~ says:

    LOL A, B, B. I can’t believe that that last question would have to be asked on a medical exam. Gosh, I hope MY doctor answered that one correctly. Could explain a lot, though.

    I’ve heard of macadamia pie and would LUV to try it. It’ll have to wait til I win the lottery though.

  35. Never heard of such a thing but I sure would like a slice! Serious YUM! My answers – ABCD in that order. I would really chose C on the last one but since I’m a secretary (and a silly one at that) and not a doctor I’ll keep my answer as D 😉

    Remind me to tell you the story one day about how I overheard my surgeon discussing with another doctor in the office how he watched a video to learn how to do my surgery and just went for it! (Thankfully this was after my successful surgery, LOL)!

    I love my surgeon even more after that. He’s saved my life twice, I’ll always trust him. Always remember to be human with your patients 🙂

  36. Kim says:

    I have to admit that the macadamia nut pie really caught my attention! I quickly thought “wow, I haven’t heard of that before”, which was quickly followed by “why haven’t I thought of that before”. Yes, I love to cook off the wall things and yes people look at me like I have five heads. My husbands frequently asks me when we are going to have something “normal” for dinner.

    Your macadamia nut pie looks so good and very original. Great idea for a South Pacific Regional Recipe 😀

  37. Kim says:

    I just noticed that I typed husbands instead of husband. Hmmm….one husband is enough for me – LOL!

  38. burpandslurp says:

    I think I answered B, and C for everything else.
    That was fun!

    But your friends are silly. Macadamia nut pie? It sounds amazing to me! AND kinda pricey!!

  39. Cool pop quiz 🙂 The Macadamia nut pie sounds fantastic, what a great idea! This would be my husband’s ideal dessert!

  40. s says:

    nice post…great pie

  41. MC says:

    Love the post! And the pie looks scrumptious. I’m putting it on my list too!

  42. Kevin says:

    This is the first that I have heard of a macadamia nit pie but it sounds amazing!

  43. Xiaolu says:

    What a unique and scrumptious sounding pie. And I admit I’ve definitely done all of the things you mentioned. Most recently, my crazy food blogger crime has been to look for styling props wherever I go. That non-food quiz question was HILARIOUS.

  44. dp says:

    What I love is when people actually use pens to take Scantron tests. As if years of testing still hadn’t sunk in.

    Wonderful submission to RR!

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  47. Wilma says:

    Hi Joanne,

    I had your recipe in my favorites for a long time and today I made 2 pies. FANTASTIC and so easy!!! Thank you very much! I put your link into my blog entry.

    cheers and thanks

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