Pistachios Millefeuille by Chef Laurent Manrique

Serves: 6
Metric Grams (Original) Metric High-Volume Yield % Comments
Puff pastry 225 g 2250 g 21.33 % Thawed
Sugar, powdered 10 g 100 g 0.95 % Sifted
Milk, whole 225 g 2250 g 24.17 %
Egg, yolk 50 g 500 g 4.74 % 3 large eggs yield 50 g of yolk
Sugar, granulated¹ 85 g 850 g 8.06 %
Cornstarch 10 g 100 g 0.95 %
Pistachio, paste¹ 85 g 850 g 8.06 %
Gelatin leaves 2 each 20 each 0.19 %
Cream, heavy 238 g 2380 g 22.56 %
Pistachio, paste² 20 g 200 g 1.90 %
Sugar, granulated² 60 g 600 g 5.69 %
Pistachios 15 g 150 g 1.42 % Crushed
Total 475 g 4750 g 100.00 %


In a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks, sugar¹, powdered sugar and cornstarch. Bring to simmer, milk, pistachio paste¹. Bloom the gelatin leave in cold water until soft. Add hot milk into eggs and whisk. Whisk until the cream mixture gets thicker. Add the gelatin and whisk well. Chill until cold.
In a medium bowl. Whisk the heavy cream to medium peak. Add pistachio paste² and sugar². Preheat oven to 175 ⁰C. On a sheet pan covered with parchment paper, roll out puff pastry, into a rectangle. Piercing the dough will prevent excessive puffing, and crimping along the sides will prevent the layers from flaking all of the way to the edges. While baking flip 2 times. After 20 minutes of baking turn oven to 95 ⁰C and bake until crispy.
When pastry is cool, using a bread knife cut 12 rectangles (3x30 cm). Spread pistachio cream between 2 rectangles of puff pastry. Spread remaining pastry cream on each side and coat with crushed pistachio.

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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!