Pistachio Cream (download printable PDF)

This Baroque dish was a favorite of Louis XIV and was served for the Issue De Table
course, which consisted of confectioneries, pastries, and fruit. It would be served with
champagne.

Ingredients

2 cups milk
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
4 eggs
90 unshelled or 3 oz. shelled, blanched, ground pistachio nuts
hot water

Utensils

measuring cup
mixing bowl
electric mixer
food processor
ramekins or custard cups
rectangular baking pan
canning jar rings
knife
wire rack

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Shell the pistachio nuts and blanch them in boiling water in a cookpot on the stove over medium high heat, then grind them fine but not into a paste. Sometimes blanched and ground pistachio nuts can be found in specialty stores. Place the eggs in the mixing bowl along with all the other ingredients. Beat the mixture until it is smooth. Pour the mixture into the ramekins. Do not overfill. Place the canning jar rings an equal distance apart from each other in the baking pan. Place the ramekins on top of the canning jar rings and put the pan in the oven. Pour hot, but not boiling water from the tap into the baking pan so that it comes 1/2 way up the sides of the ramekins. Bake 1 hour or until a knife stuck into the edge of the custard comes out clean. Remove the ramekins from the pan and place them on the wire rack to cool. Serve cold. Pistachio cream can be made in advance of the meal.