- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter, room temp.
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 large eggs
- grated zest of 1 orange
- 1/2 teaspoon orange oil
- 1 cup shelled pistachios
- 1 cup dried cranberries
Step 1: Preheat oven to 325 degrees(F.) Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment. In a medium bowl, whisk the dry ingredients.
Step 2: In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then beat in the orange zest and orange oil.
Step 3: With mixer on low speed, gradually stir in the flour mixture until smooth, then stir in the pistachios and cranberries.
Step 4: Divide the dough into thirds. Shape each piece into a 12 inch log. Place two logs on one sheet(apart) and the other in the middle of the other cookie sheet.
Bake for 30 minutes, until the logs turn a light golden color and are somewhat firm to the touch. Remove from the oven to a cooling rack and reduce oven to 300 degrees.
Step 5: Let cool about 15 minutes, then using a serrated knife(careful Annie!) slice diagonally into 1/2 inch slices. Place upright on cookie sheets and bake for about 20 minutes, until dry and lightly golden. Let cool on rack, enjoy!
Pistachio nut ice cream
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- Pinch of salt
- 6 large egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- ¾ cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
Step 1: Grind the 1 1/3 cups of pistachios in a food processor until finely ground, but not to a paste. Set aside.
Step 2: In a medium saucepan, warm the milk, sugar, 1 cup of the cream, and salt, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Stir in the ground nuts. Cover, remove from the heat, and let steep for at least 30 minutes.
Step 3: Strain the warm nut mixture, pressing on the nuts to extract as much liquid as possible, and discard the solids. Return the milk and cream mixture to the saucepan. Pour the remaining 1 cup cream into a large bowl and set a mesh strainer on top.
Step 4: In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.
Step 5: Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula.
Step 6: Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the cream. Add the vanilla extract and almond extract and stir until combined.
Step 7: Refrigerate until cold. Pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer?s directions. Once finished churning, fold in the ¾ cup pistachios with a rubber spatula.
Fig & rosewater ice-cream with crushed pistachios & dark chocolate
- 125 g sugar
- 300 ml low fat milk
- 200 ml liquid cream
- Figs (peeled)
- 2 table spoons rose water
- Crushed pistachios
- Dark chocolate chips (70%)
Step 1: Mix the egg yolks, peeled figs and sugar in a bowl. In a pot, bring the milk, cream, and rosewater to boil. Pour the boiling milk mixture over the cold mixture (eggs + sugar) while stirring.
Step 2: Return to heat and continue to stir until the cream starts to thicken.
Step 3: This stage of cooking is known as la nappe which is achieved between 82-85C.
Step 4: If the cream is not heated sufficiently, the ice-cream will be thin and watery.
Step 5: Remove the pot from the heat and stop the cooking process by place it in cold water mixed with ice cubes.
Step 6: Remove the pot from the heat and stop the cooking process by place it in cold water mixed with ice cubes chips before churning.
Chocolate brownies with crushed pistacchios and hazelnuts
200 grams of Sugar
150 grams of Butter
250 grams of Dark chocolate 70-85%
120 grams of White wheat all-purpose flour
1 dash of Table salt
70 grams of Pistachio nuts di Bronte, crushed
70 grams of Hazelnuts, crushed