Published March 28, 2008 by
Pistachio pie is one of life's sweet delicacies. Rare to find, but great to enjoy; this recipe is definitely one to try.
Sift together flour, sugar, and salt. Beat egg lightly. Blend all ingredients with butter in deep bowl. Gradually add enough sherry to form firm pastry. Roll in circular piece about 1/8 inches thick to fit 9 or 10 inch pie plate. Butter plate before placing pastry in it. For an even fluted standing rim, pinch edges of pastry. Cut balance of pastry in strips ½ inch wide to use as a crisscross (lattice) top.
Chop nuts medium fine. Place flour in flour in deep saucepan. Gradually blend in milk until mixture is very smooth. Add granulated sugar, beaten eggs, salt, and nutmeg. Blend thoroughly. Place over medium flame; stir constantly to prevent lumping and sticking; bring to a boil. Lower flame; cook for 10 minutes; continue stirring. Gradually add nuts. Continue stirring vigorously until all is well blended, very smooth custard. Remove from fire; cool. Pour filling into prepared pastry; place lattice strips over top. Pinch edges lightly. Bake in moderately hot oven for 45 minutes or until mixture is firm but not dry and pastry is golden brown. Remove from oven; cool.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar or top with whipped cream just before serving.
Store the pie in a nice basket and bring to your next get-together for great gourmet food gift baskets.