Friday, September 7, 2012

Pistachio Cake Revisited



   Let me push your memory for just a moment. You may remember around a year ago I made a Pistachio Cake for my best friend Natalie? Well a year on, she's still such a good friend and still finds herself on the receiving end of the baked goods that come from my oven.  One of her favourite cakes that I make is this Pistachio Cake.  I never tasted it myself, but this time decided to. And wow, was I blown away. I am not crazy about pistachios normally but in baking these little nuts make such a wonderful addition.  The saltiness of the nuts along the sweet icing, paired with the perfect texture of the cake is pretty darn addictive.  The sides of the cake have an ever so slight crispiness where as the interior is moister with a lovely nutty crumb.  I am so glad I revisited this recipe and tried it myself this time around. Just a note, don't make the mistake of covering the cake in green icing like I did last time (you can witness it by clicking here) and definitely don't make the mistake of bypassing this recipe altogether!


Ingredients for Cake
70g shelled pistachios, salty is fine
170g unsalted butter, at room temperature
170g caster sugar
3 eggs, room temperature
110g self-raising flour

Ingredients for Icing
1 egg white
150g icing sugar, sifted
3/4 tsp lemon juice
extra ground pistachios, salty preferred

Method
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (fan-forced) and grease and line one round cake tin. Finely grind the pistachio nuts in a food processor, then set aside. Beat together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the ground pistachios, then sift the flour on the top and fold in. Spoon the cake batter into the tin and bake for approximately 40 minutes. Test with a skewer to check. Turn the cakes out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely. To make the icing, gradually whisk the icing sugar into the egg white until thick and glossy. Then beat in the lemon juice. Pour icing over cooled cake. Top with ground pistachios, salty ones preferred to get that wonderful sweet and salty contrast.


26 comments:

  1. Superbe gâteau, il a l'air parfait!

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  2. it looks stunning, I can understand why she'd want you to make it again... beautiful!

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  3. What a beautiful cake! Pistachios make everything so scrumptious. :)

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  4. Ok - think I will be baking a pistachio cake very soon!

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  5. Mmmmm I love Pistachios so I am sure that I will really enjoy this recipe. Once I have run out of courgettes (!) I will try this recipe. Thanks. Bonne journée, Diane

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  6. This is a lovely looking cake - and I do like pistachios, I just don't use them often because they are a little pricey, but hey, for a gorgeous cake, well worth it.

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  7. What a lovely creation. My husband loves pistachios and I know he'd love this cake. It sounds delicious. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  8. Wow this looks amazing!! If you are interested in joining our baking challenge, this would fit nicely for this month's letter which is P. More details here
    http://carolinemakes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/alphabakes-september-2012.html

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  9. Lovely and delicious Brittany! love it!

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  10. Hi Brittany,
    Your cake looks wonderful! I love pistachios, but they are very expensive over here, so I seldom use them in bakes, but I do indulge once in a while! Bookmarking this, thanks for sharing!

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  11. I don't eat a lot of pistachios myself, but your cake looks terrific. What a sweet friend you are!

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  12. Hi Brittany, I am wishing there was some way I could get a fork through the computer monitor to have a sample of your beautiful cake! :) I love the finish of pistachios, so eye catching ~ and I'm sure it tastes delicious, too! Thank you for sharing the recipe. xo~m.

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  13. that's a lovely cake and like the pistachios scattered on top too. Her favourite cake? must be so delicious then! happy weekend!

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  14. look like a very yummy cake I cant wait to make it.

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  15. It looks delicious - I could just have a slice or two, right now....

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  16. Dear Brittany, This cake looks beautiful and sounds delicious. I would love a slice of this wonderful cake. Blessings to you, Catherine xo

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  17. Yum! Looks so good with the pistachios!

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  18. This cake looks awesome!! Love pistachios

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