Tarte au sucre

Tarte au sucre

This easy sugar pie from Quebec is deliciously rich. Serve slim wedges of it with dollops of softly whipped cream or scoops of vanilla ice cream.
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Serves

8 to 10 servings

PREP TIME

20 minutes and 30 minutes of chilling time

COOK TIME

40 to 45 minutes

INGREDIENTS

Pastry

  • 1/2 batch of Perfect Pastry

Filling

  • 1 2/3 cup (362 g) packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp (6 g) sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup (57 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the pastry and line a 9-inch pie dish. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  3. For the filling, stir together the brown sugar and salt in a large bowl.
  4. In a small saucepan, heat the evaporated milk and butter over medium heat, stirring until the butter has just melted.  
  5. Immediately pour the milk mixture over the sugar mixture. Whisk gently for 30 seconds (it is okay if doesn't dissolve completely). Whisk in the egg and vanilla until smooth.
  6. Holding a fine-mesh sieve over the prepared pie crust, carefully pour the sugar mixture through the sieve into the crust.
  7. Place the pie on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in the centre of the oven until the filling just barely jiggles in the centre, 35 – 40 minutes.
  8. Let the pie cool to room temperature on a wire rack. Serve at room temperature or chilled. 

CHEF'S TIP

Letovers from most types of pie (lemon meringue is an exception because the meringue trends to "weep" during storage) can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days.