|Preparation||Resting||Cooking||Start to finish|
|16 min.||15 min.||17 min.||48 min.|
|1||Preheat oven to 170°C (340°F).
You can buy pistachios already blanched with their skins removed (the green ones on the left in the photo), or still in their skins (usually cheaper).
|2||For this recipe the pistachios need to have the skins removed, so if you need to do this, plunge them for 2 minutes into boiling water. Drain, then slip off the skins, which should now be quite easy.||2 min.|
|3||Spread out on a baking sheet, and put in the oven to dry roast for about 5 minutes.||5 min.|
|4||Meanwhile heat 200 g caster sugar and 4 tablespoons water together in a small pan over high heat, and bring up to 120°C (250°F), using an electronic thermometer if possible.||10 min.|
|5||When this temperature has been reached, tip the pistachios all at once into the pan.||5 min.|
|6||Then stir with a wooden spatula. After a few seconds the mixture should become grainy.
If this does not happen immediately it is because the sugar has not reached 120°C (250°F) yet. Don't worry, just keep stirring for a while longer until the change occurs.
When the mixture has turned grainy (like in the photo), stop stirring, remove from the heat and leave to cool.
|7||Tip the cooled contents of the pan into a blender or food processor.||1 min.|
|8||Blend until it becomes evenly ground and green: pistachio powder.
If you wish to use this powder for flavouring biscuits, a cake or a cream for example, use as it is. The powder is quite easy to incorporate.
|9||If you want pistachio paste, to fill chocolates for example, it's useless to blend any longer as, unlike praline, it will not turn into a paste like this.
All that's needed is the addition of a little egg-white (as for marzipan) to bind the powder.
|10||The paste is best kept refrigerated, preferably spread into sort of flat cake, and wrapped in plastic film. Keep the powder at room temperature in an airtight jar.||5 min.|
For 400 g : 2.41 €
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