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Douglas Merriam; Jan Gautro
Yield 8 servings
This dessert (pronounced nah-TEE-yahz) may be made a day ahead, but prepare the meringue just before serving.


  • 2 3/4 cups fat-free milk, divided
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 4 large pasteurized egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

Nutrition Information

  • calories 212
  • caloriesfromfat 27 %
  • fat 6.3 g
  • satfat 3.1 g
  • monofat 2 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 6.2 g
  • carbohydrate 33.3 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 120 mg
  • iron 0.5 mg
  • sodium 117 mg
  • calcium 124 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine 1 cup milk and egg yolks in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk; set aside.

  2. Combine 3/4 cup sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; gradually add remaining 1 3/4 cups milk, stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir in whipping cream. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean; add seeds and bean to milk mixture. Bring mixture to a boil; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat.

  3. Gradually add half of hot milk mixture to egg yolk mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Return milk mixture to pan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add butter to milk mixture; stir until combined. Place pan in a large ice-filled bowl for 25 minutes or until custard cools, stirring occasionally. Discard vanilla bean. Spoon custard into a bowl. Cover surface of custard with plastic wrap; chill.

  4. Place egg whites in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer at medium speed until foamy. Add remaining 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating at high speed until stiff peaks form. Beat in vanilla. Gently fold 1/2 cup of beaten egg whites into custard.

  5. Spoon 1/2 cup custard into each of 8 bowls or footed glasses; top each serving with 1/4 cup remaining egg white mixture. Garnish with nutmeg.