I have such a lot of baking and writing to catch up on. I’m sure many of you are in the same boat, especially if you have a blog and love to share recipes etc.
I met some wonderful people at the Cake and Bake Show at Earl’s Court in September and one of them was Whynut. A sample of their products came through the post for me to try.
- Pistachio Paste
- Hazelnut Paste
- Pistachio Green Kernels
- Roasted and slighted Salted Pistachio Nuts without Shells
Pistachios are one of my favourite nuts, and they work very well on the flavour side if you combine them with citrus such as Lime and lemon. Anyone who has a copy of the Clandestine Cook Book will see from the front cover that I like both combinations.
The Pistachio paste is fine and smooth combine this into the cake batter along with some chopped Pistachio nuts and you have a lightly coloured cake without any sign of colouring. Add this to the icing topping and you have a lovely Pistachio colour and flavour.
Pistachio and Lemon Cake
- 4 Eggs
- 250g butter softened
- 250g Self Raising flour
- 250g White caster sugar ( do not be tempted to use darker sugars or you may loose the natural green colour from the paste and Kernels)
- 1 tbsp Whynut Pistachio Paste
- 28g Whynut Pistacio Green Kernels chopped
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- Zest and Juice of 1 Lemon ( about 1 1/2 tsp juice)
- 2 tbsp Milk
For the Icing Topping
- 100g Icing sugar sifted
- 1 tsp Pistachio Paste
- 1 – 1 1/2 tsp warm water
- 20g Pistachio Nuts chopped
Preheat the oven to 180deg Fan assisted/160deg conventional Grease and line a 1lb/900g Loaf tin.
- Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time, along with the Pistachio Paste adding a little flour to help prevent curdling. Beat until well combined.
- Add the remaining flour, Baking Powder, chopped Pistachio Kernels, Lemon zest, Lemon juice and Milk mix until well combined. You should have a nice dropping consistency. If not add a little more milk.
- Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 55 – 60 mins or until baked. Testing the centre of the cake with a skewer until it comes out clean.
- Leave in the tin to cool for 15 mins before turning out onto a wired wrack to cool completely.
Make the Pistachio icing
- In a bowl add the icing sugar and Pistachio Paste
- Gradually add the warm water until you have a suitably very thick, but ever so slightly runny paste.
- When the cake is completely cold, spread the icing over the top of the cake
- Decorate with the chopped Pistachio Kernels.
Will keep for a couple of days in an airtight tin.
Note: Replace Pistachio Paste with their Hazelnut paste. And replace Pistachio Kernels with Hazel Nuts. Lime works very well with Pistachios too.
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