Thursday, 19 January 2012

Pistachio Butter

Tonight I went looking for a pistachio butter recipe because we had some salted, roasted pistachios that weren't exactly going down a treat. Modifying a few of the recipes I found online (everyone treats it like an artform), I blitzed a cool little number that is guaranteed to go well with the likes of filo pastry rolls (think Greek), panfried veal or roasted chicken, or even on your morning toast. The applications go as far as your imagination can stretch! If you like pistachios (or even sweet yet savory nut flavours), this is guaranteed to get your lips a smackin'.

le beurre de pistache

100g shelled pistachios
100g softened butter
50g raw caster sugar

Method: Put all ingredients in the blender, food processor, or blending bowl attachment of the stick mixer and blitz until it's the consistency you like.

Yep, it's a difficult recipe alright, a total art form.

NOTE: I happened to have made my own butter also (no, I do not moonlight as Betty Crocker or Nigella Lawson in the least!). The supermarket was selling out the thickened cream and I bought a pile and beat it to death in the Kitchen Aid (no Thermomixing going on here, ladies), and now have a lovely little supply of buttermilk and butter. The butter I used was my own but this will only affect shelf life and not end result.

ALSO, I did read online that if you completely husk the nuts, the butter will hold more of that trademark pistache bright green. Other people have sweetened to taste with honey and agave sugar or nectar. The general rule appears to be two to one. One part sweetener, two parts nuts. I did see one recipe that used 3/4 cup of honey with 1 cup of pistache, but this seemed like a sickly outcome to me.

REMEMBER what I tell my kids when adding to taste: Start with the small amount and you can always go back for more, because once you add it you can't take it out or put it back in the jar.

Enjoy :)

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12

“Faites pour les autres tout ce que vous voudriez qu'ils fassent pour vous, car c'est là tout l'enseignement de la Loi et des prophètes.”

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