Pistachios Floating Island (Îles flottantes) by Chef Laurent Manrique

Serves 6
Meringues Metric Grams (Original) Metric High-Volume Yield % Comments
Pistachios 15 g 150 g 23.08 % Crushed
Egg, whites 35 g 350 g 53.85 % 1 large egg yields 35 g of white
Sugar, granulated 15 g 150 g 23.08 %
Salt Pinch Pinch 0.00 %
Total 65 g 650 g 100.00 %


In a bowl, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar (optional) with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. While beating, gradually add the sugar. Continue beating until stiff peaks form. Mix in the vanilla (optional).
Divide equally into six coffee cups, which have been slightly coated with cooking spray.
Microwave on high power for 20 to 30 seconds. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, about 20 minutes and then gently remove from the coffee cups and gently transfer to a plate. Top with crushed pistachios.

Pistachio Créme “Anglaise” Metric Grams (Original) Metric High-Volume Yield % Comments
Milk 490 g 4900 g 65.50 %
Egg, yolk 50 g 500 g 7.09 % 3 large eggs yield 50 g of yolk
Sugar, granulated 60 g 600 g 8.51 %
Pistachio, paste 50 g 500 g 7.09 %
Prunes, diced 55 g 550 g 7.80 % 55 g is equal to 6 dried prunes
Total 705 g 7050 g 100.00 %


Combine milk and Pistachio paste in heavy medium saucepan. Optional: scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; add bean. Bring milk mixture to simmer. Remove from heat.
Whisk egg yolks and sugar in medium bowl to blend. Gradually whisk hot milk mixture into yolk mixture. Return custard to saucepan. Stir over low heat until custard thickens and leaves path on back of spoon when finger is drawn across, about 5 minutes (do not boil). Strain sauce into bowl. Cover and chill. (Can be made 1 day ahead.)

To assemble: Plate pistachio’s crème anglaise, diced prune and top with floating island.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!