Pecan pie with cardamom ginger ice cream

Serves 4

Preparation time overnight

Cooking time 30 mins to 1 hour

55g/2oz muscovado sugar
110g/4oz butter
110ml/4fl oz honey
140g/5oz pecans (65g/2½oz finely chopped, remainder left whole)
1 egg, beaten
a pinch of ground cinnamon
4 small deep sweet pastry tartlet cases, baked blind
pecan halves, to decorate
maple syrup, to decorate
For the cardamom ginger ice cream:
225g/8oz caster sugar
4 eggs, yolk only
170ml/6oz semi-skimmed milk
170ml/6oz full-fat milk
340ml/12fl oz double cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 heaped tbsp chopped stem ginger
6-8 cardamom seeds, finely ground

1. First make the ice cream. In a mixing bowl, combine the caster sugar and egg yolks together. Beat the mixture until it is a thick yellow paste and set it aside.
2. Bring the semi-skimmed and the whole milk to a simmer in a heavy-based, medium-sized saucepan. Slowly beat the hot semi skimmed and whole milk mixture into the egg and sugar mixture. This mixture should be hot, but not boiling.
3. Return the mixture to the saucepan and simmer very gently, stirring constantly, for a few minutes until it thickens to a custard-like consistency. Strain the mixture into a large bowl, cool and chill overnight in a refrigerator.
4. The next day, stir in the double cream, vanilla, ginger and ground cardamom. Churn in an ice cream maker, following manufacturer’s instructions, until frozen. Cover and freeze until required.
5. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3.
6. Make the pecan pies. In a saucepan, melt together the muscovado sugar and butter. Remove from the heat and stir in the honey, finely chopped pecans, beaten egg and cinnamon. Mix together thoroughly.
7. Pour the pecan mixture into the tartlet cases and top with the whole pecans.
8. Bake the pecan tarts for 20 minutes.
9. Serve the tarts warm from the oven topped with a scoop of the cardamom ginger ice cream. Decorate the serving plates with pecans and a drizzle of maple syrup.

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