Pistachio Creme Anglaise

Ile flottante
Makes about 1 3/4 cups

Use this pistachio-flavored custard to make our meringue dessert, Ile Flottante.


  • 4 large egg yolks

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • ¾ cup heavy cream

  • 3 tablespoons pistachio paste


  1. Whisk yolks and sugar in a bowl until pale and thick, about 4 minutes. Set aside.

  2. Put milk and cream in a medium saucepan, and heat over medium heat until just about to simmer. Reduce heat to low. Whisk 1/3 cup milk mixture into yolk mixture; pour mixture back into pan. Whisk in pistachio paste. Raise heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, about 8 minutes.

  3. Pour mixture through a fine sieve into a stainless-steel bowl set in an ice-water bath. Let stand until cold, stirring occasionally. Creme can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 days.

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