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Pistachio powder or paste

Pistachio powder or paste

Pistachio paste has a similar texture to almond paste, but the similarity ends there, as its flavour and colour are quite characteristic.

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Last modified on: October 13th 2010

For 400 g, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
16 min.15 min.17 min.48 min.
Preservation: A few days in the fridge, in a closed jar.
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Step by step recipe

1 Pistachio powder or paste : Photo of step #1Preheat 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 Pistachio powder or paste : Photo of step #2For 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 Pistachio powder or paste : Photo of step #3Spread out on a baking sheet, and put in the oven to dry roast for about 5 minutes. 5 min.
4 Pistachio powder or paste : Photo of step #4Meanwhile 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 Pistachio powder or paste : Photo of step #5When this temperature has been reached, tip the pistachios all at once into the pan. 5 min.
6 Pistachio powder or paste : Photo of step #6Then 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.
15 min.
7 Pistachio powder or paste : Photo of step #7Tip the cooled contents of the pan into a blender or food processor. 1 min.
8 Pistachio powder or paste : Photo of step #8Blend 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.
3 min.
9 Pistachio powder or paste : Photo of step #9If 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.
2 min.
10 Pistachio powder or paste : Photo of step #10The 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.

Remarks

You will note that this recipe, unlike many others, does not contain almonds, just pistachios and sugar.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
209844 gr238 gr108 gr
105 %17 %22 %16 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
4289 gr49 gr22 gr
21 %3 %5 %3 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 400 g : 2.41 €

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