- 45g butter, softened
- 30g caster sugar
- 1 small egg, lightly beaten
- 90g plain flour
- 20g self-raising flour
- egg white for brushing
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp Queen Organic Vanilla Bean Paste
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 350ml milk
- Icing sugar, to seve
- 150g caster sugar
- 100g walnuts, roughly chopped
First, prepare the praline. Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside. Place caster sugar and 1-2 teaspoons of water in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan, mix to combine. Heat gently and swirl the saucepan to assist melting of the sugar - do not mix the sugar once heating starts. Once mixture begins to turn a golden brown colour (2-3 minutes), add pecans, swirl to coat then remove from heat. Tip mixture onto baking trays and allow to set. One set, break into shards and store in an airtight container.
Pre-heat oven to 180C. In a small bowl, beat the butter until creamy then add the sugar and beat until just combined. Add the egg and beat well. Using a wooden spoon, stir in 2/3 of the flour and then use your hands to work in the rest of the flours.
Turn the dough onto a lightly-floured surface and knead lightly until smooth. Pat it out into a disc shape, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Roll the pastry out to about 5mm and brush the base and sides of a greased 20cm loose-based flan tin with lightly beaten egg white. Line the tin with the pastry and trim off any excess.
Beat the eggs, vanilla bean paste and sugar together in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the milk until luke warm then, stirring, gradually add it to the egg mixture. Place the pastry-lined tin on an oven tray and while stirring the custard mixture, pour it into the tin.
Bake for 40-45 minutes and allow to cool completely the finish with shards of praline. Note that the custard will firm as it cools.