Chocolate Chip Peanut Pie

My attempt to duplicate a dessert that I enjoyed at a restaurant in Kingston, Ontario, which closed before I could go back to ask for the recipe... Shortbread crust, a layer of chocolate chips, caramel filling as from a pecan pie, and topped with peanuts. Very rich.

This isn't quite "right"; it's not as good as what I had at the restaurant. The peanut flavour should be stronger, and the peanuts should be crisper. As you'll see in the recipe, I found it necessary to "glue" the chocolate chips down to the crust with a bit of pre-cooked filling; otherwise, they float, and dissolve in the filling.

Crust:

1 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp sugar
1/3 c butter
1 egg yolk
~ 2 tbsp water, to give crumbly dough

Filling:

1/2 c sugar
1 c golden corn syrup
1 tbsp flour
2 eggs + 1 egg white
1 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract

Other:

1 tsp flour
2/3 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 c roasted salted peanuts

Combine crust ingredients to make shortbread, by cutting butter into dry ingredients, then adding egg yolk and water. Line deep 9" pie pan with dough. Combine filling ingredients; remove 1/2 c of mixture, add 1 tsp flour, and cook gently (microwave) to simmer for about 5 minutes. Cool. Combine with chocolate chips and spread in bottom of crust. Combine remaining filling with peanuts and pour into crust.

Bake at 300°F until filling is set and top is uniformly brown, ca. 60 min.

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