Pistachio Popover Cremes Brulees with Grand Marnier Syrup
Pistachio Popover Cremes Brulees with Grand Marnier Syrup might be just the dessert you are searching for. This recipe serves 6. Watching your figure? This vegetarian recipe has 766 calories, 12g of protein, and 45g of fat per serving. This recipe covers 17% of your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. Head to the store and pick up granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla bean, and a few other things to make it today. From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes approximately 45 minutes.
Scrape seeds from vanilla bean into cream in a 2-quart heavy saucepan, then add pod and bring to a simmer over moderate heat.
Remove from heat, then steep, covered, 20 minutes.
Whisk together yolks, sugar, and a pinch of salt, then add hot cream in a slow stream, whisking constantly.
Pour through a fine sieve into glass loaf pan. Cover pan with foil and bake custard in a hot water bath until set but with center still slightly wobbly, about 1 hour.
Remove foil and cool custard in pan on a rack, then chill, covered, until firm, at least 4 hours.
Scrape seeds from vanilla bean into juice in cleaned 2-quart heavy saucepan, then add pod and sugar. Bring to a boil over moderately high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved, then boil until reduced to about 1 1/4 cups, about 20 minutes.
Remove from heat, then discard pod and stir in Grand Marnier. Cool to room temperature.
Chop enough pistachios to measure 2 tablespoons. Pulse remaining nuts with regular granulated sugar in a food processor until finely ground.
Add flour and salt and pulse to combine.
Add milk, butter, and eggs and blend until just combined.
Pour batter into well-buttered popover cups, filling them two-thirds full.
Bake in lower third of oven until popovers are puffed and well browned, about 40 minutes.
Cut a 1/2-inch slit in top of each popover and bake 10 minutes more. Immediately turn popovers out onto rack to cool.
Cut off tops of cooled popovers and arrange in a baking dish.
Brush tops with some syrup and heat in oven until warm, about 3 minutes.
While tops are heating, fill bottoms of popovers with custard.
Sprinkle 1 teaspoon superfine sugar evenly over each custard, then move blowtorch flame evenly back and forth just over sugar until sugar is melted and caramelized.
Transfer popovers with tops to plates and spoon some syrup around each.
Sprinkle with chopped nuts.
• Custard and syrup can be made 2 days ahead and chilled, covered. Bring custard to room temperature and warm syrup before proceeding.