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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Happy Pistachio Day!!!

According to the Pistachio Fun Facts site, February 26th is recognized by pistachio lovers as World Pistachio Day... Who are we to argue? Oh, I know, as Marion would say, Pistachios are "dear." Now remember, Marion is going to be 91 years young in March so "dear" to her not only expresses a term of affection, it also means, expensive!

Perhaps the following recipe for Pistachio Cake will ease the pain of expense. It contains neither flour or butter. No, I haven't baked it, yet:)



Pistachio Cake
Slices of this unusual cake, which contains neither flour nor butter, are a beautiful green color.
1-1/2 cups pistachios
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs, separated
2 tbs. grated lemon zest
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

1. Preheat oven to 350°
2. Butter a 9-inch spring form pan
3. Plunge the pistachios into a saucepan of boiling water for 30 seconds.
4. Drain. Rub dry with a clean kitchen towel, then carefully peel off the inner skins.
5. Place pistachios and sugar in a food processor and chop finely
6. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the egg yolks, lemon zest, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
7. Beat the egg whites in a medium bowl with an electric mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form. Use a large rubber spatula to fold them into the batter.
8. Spoon the batter into prepared pan.
9. Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
10. Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes. Loosen and remove pan sides and let the cake cool completely on a rack.
11. Makes 1 9-inch cake

Cakes; 1001 Classic Recipes from Around the World published by The Reader's Digest Association © 2003

Don't forget, tomorrow is National Kahlua Day. What's your Best Drink for Oscar Night? I may just need to try this recipe for Pistachio Cream made with Pistachio Liqueur? How cool is that!

Pistachio Cream
5 oz Vanilla Ice Cream
1 oz Brandy
1 oz Pistachio Liqueur

Or

Pistachio Coffee Liqueur Cocktail

Enjoy!

Resources
1. Pistachio Fun Facts
2. Pistachio Macaroons
3. Pistachio and Lemon Syrup Cake
4. Monin Classic Pistachio Syrup (This Pistachio Syrup seems to have good reviews)