08 March 2013

Cardamom and pistachio custard tart

This is really so much easier than you would think. I'm not much of a pie maker, and yet, I managed to pull this off without a hitch. There's many steps, but all are very easy. Unfortunately it's a little deviation, in fact a large deviation from my usual gluten free and dairy free options - it's got all the baddies in there, sorry. But my reasoning is that it's an adult's taste, and so we'll only have it when all the kids are in bed and unable to see us sneaking in the naughty stuff.

  • shortcrust pastry (enough to line a flan tin. about 400g)
  • 400ml milk
  • 1 cinnamon quill
  • pinch of saffron threads
  • 8 cardamom pods (slightly crushed) 
  • 4 small eggs (separated)
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios
  • 4 digestive biscuits
  • 1/4 cup soft brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • coarse salt to taste
  • pomegranate seeds (optional)

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