Recipe: Pistachio paste
Now that I don’t have to “study” for my pastry exam anymore and I don’t have to prepare the old-fashioned, textbook tarts and cakes, I can enjoy the freedom to experiment with cool recipes by great chefs.
Since this is probably the last week that strawberries can be found in supermarkets, I decided to try Christophe Michalak’s strawberry and pistachio tart. Obviously not just an average tart!
The recipe calls for pistachio paste in order to make a whipped pistachio ganache.
Pistachio paste can be purchased in professional shops and maybe you can even find it in normal supermarkets, but one thing is certain: it’s damn expensive (around 10-20€ per 100g)!
Nevertheless, pistachio paste is fairly easy to make at home, so I decided to give it a try.
The word “paste“, in pastry, usually refers to thoroughly mixed/ground nuts or sugar coated nuts (e.g. praliné): grinding for a relatively long time, makes the dried fruits become oily and reduces them first into crumbs, then a powder, then into a thick paste.
You can see more details in this is the recipe I used, by Pierre Herme.
|C'est ma fournée
|Untoasted, unsalted pistachios
|Almonds or almond flour
|Bitter almond extract (optional)
|1 or 2 tablespoon
|Peanut or sunflower oil
- Toasting dried fruits like pistachios helps enhancing their flavour
- The pistachio paste can be stored at room temperature for several months (in a sealed container)