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Pistachio Cake With Lebanese Cream

Updated on September 3, 2020
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We are a married couple from Cyprus having a passion with cooking which we do as a hobby...

Pistachio cake with Lebanese cream

This is one of the easiest and at the same time delicious dessert recipes. It's a pistachio sponge cake with Lebanese cream pudding on top. My wife and I consider this as one of our absolute favorites. It's light and refreshing, perfect to accompany your lunch or dinner.

We are pretty sure you will love it as much as we do, especially if you like pistachios. Give it a try and let us know...

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: Serves 10 portions

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 5 eggs
  • 200gr pistachio nuts, unsalted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cognaq, or any other brandy you like
  • 1/3 cup sugar

For the cream:

  • 1 liter milk
  • 250 milliliters fresh cream
  • 5 tablespoons corn flour
  • 1 teaspoon mastic powder (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons orange blossom water, or rose water
  • 5 tablespoons sugar

Instructions for the cake

  1. Put a few pistachios in a blender, chop coarsely and set aside for garnish
  2. Grind the rest of the pistachios in the blender until powdery
  3. Beat the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until creamy
  4. Add the cognac and the pistachio powder over the egg mixture and stir gently by hand to blend
  5. Preheat the oven for 5 minutes to 180 degrees C
  6. Pour the mixture in a square or round cake pan and bake for 25 minutes
  7. Allow to cold

Instructions for the cream

  1. Dissolve the corn flour in 1 cup of milk
  2. Heat the rest of the milk gently and add gradually the sugar, dissolved corn flour, fresh cream, orange blossom water and mastic powder, stirring all the time until the mixture thickens
  3. Pour the mixture over the pistachio cake
  4. Garnish the cream with the reserved chopped pistachios
  5. Allow to cold and put it in the refrigerator
  6. Keep in the fridge until serving time
  7. Serve cold

That's it! - Enjoy...

The equipment we used

  • KitchenAid Pro Food Chopper
  • SHARDOR Hand Mixer 350W
  • Paderno World Cuisine 11 Inch Non-Stick Springform Pan
  • OXO Good Grips 11-Inch Balloon Whisk

Our Hand mixer...

SHARDOR Hand Mixer, 350W Handheld Mixer with Storage Case 5-Speed Plus Turbo Hand Mixer Electric With 5 Stainless Steel Attachments(2 Beaters, 2 Dough Hooks and 1 Whisk), White
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A few nutrition facts about pistachios...

Lovely pistachios...
Lovely pistachios...

A quick research on the Internet will reveal that pistachios contain large amounts of phytosterols which have the ability to reduce cholesterol levels. They are also high in antioxidants like lutein, beta-carotene and gamma-tocopherol which also reduce cholesterol and at the same time promote eye-health.

Pistachios are a good source of protein and dietary fiber. Fibers help control blood sugar levels as well as reduce the risk of certain cancers.

Last but not least, pistachios are packed with vitamins and minerals including potassium, magnesium, vitamin B1 and vitamin B6, vitamin C, phosphorus, manganese, copper etc which all have multiple advantages to the human system. One serving of pistachios (about 45 nuts) contains over 10% of the daily requirements of dietary fiber, magnesium, copper, phosphorous, and B vitamins.

What is Mastic?

Photo Courtesy of wondergreece.gr

Mastic Gum comes from the resin that seeps like teardrops from the bark of the mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus). It is an exclusively Greek product, because although the mastic tree grows in many places it only sheds its tears, thus producing its valuable crystals, in the Aegean island of Chios. According to scientific evidence, this phenomenon is related to the temperate climate of the island and the underwater volcanic zone of the area and Chios' ground which is rich in limestone.

In July and August the producers go out early in the mornings and make small slits in the bark to release the resin. The resin dries on the bark into a Clear, crystalline "tears" which are collected at the end of August, cleaned, sun dried, sorted, and sold.

The teardrops were the first version of chewing gum in Greece. As you masticate, they soften into a firm, chewy mouthful with flavors of licorice and pine. Mastic has been utilized for a wide range of purposes such as a flavoring for alcohol, a spice, as toothpaste and breath fresheners, in cosmetics, dental fillings, natural adhesives, and varnish. Mastic has been found to have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and is often used in holistic medicine to treat a variety of gastric ailments. Typically mastic is sold as teardrops although it can also be found as a paste or a powder. The teardrops must usually be ground to a fine powder, usually with sugar, in order to be used for culinary purposes.

High quality mastic has a slight edge of bitterness and a soft resiny flavor and may have hints of licorice and vanilla. It is used in various culinary applications from drinks to breads to desserts and ice creams. It is a trendy ingredient at the moment, popping up in kitchens everywhere.

Pistachios Nutritional information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup (123g)
Calories 702
Calories from Fat504
% Daily Value *
Fat 56 g86%
Saturated fat 7 g35%
Unsaturated fat 45 g
Carbohydrates 34 g11%
Sugar 10 g
Fiber 13 g52%
Protein 26 g52%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 1 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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    • RedShoesGirl profile image

      RedShoesGirl 

      8 years ago

      I bookmarked this to try it later. I love pistachio so this looks interesting.

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      Sharon Weaver 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      This sounds amazing. I usually am not interested unless it has chocolate but I think I just will try this.

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      maranda-crosgo-9889 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for liking my lens. This cake sounds absolutely scrumptious. I'll have to give it a try.

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      Bluetooth gadgets 

      8 years ago

      Sounds delicious :) Off to find me some nuts...

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      Kalafina 

      8 years ago

      I love pistachios! When in Greece, we went to an Island and bought some of the best I have ever had. I love the recipe but sadly, cream is out for me.

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      TedWritesStuff 

      8 years ago

      Story of my life... I start a diet on Wednesday and find this lens on Saturday.. Now the eternal quandary for a pistachio lover... to cook or not! Great recipe

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      pretyfunky 

      8 years ago

      yummmm! thanks for this

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      Niagara Ghosts 

      8 years ago

      Nice recipe with lots of extra helpful information.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 

      8 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      The recipe sounds delicious - I love pistachios. I use mastic medicinally for stomach issues but never cooked with it.

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      SheSue LM 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the like. This cake looks heavenly! I love pistachios and who doesn't like cream?

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      Sean Gagne 

      8 years ago from Tampa Bay Area

      This makes me Hungry!! Thanks for the like on my walking dead video game lens

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      shawnhi77 lm 

      8 years ago

      Looks good

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Nice easy to follow instructions. Looks good but I am not sure if I would like this. will have to make one and see

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      ChadWing 

      8 years ago

      Interesting recipe

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      ismeedee 

      8 years ago

      I've really got to make this!

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      LauraGraig 

      8 years ago

      I'm not much into desserts but I might try this recipe when I find some extra time.

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      CoolFool83 

      8 years ago

      Yummmmy! Looks really good!

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      Gloria Freeman 

      8 years ago from Alabama USA

      This cake look yummy.

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      lesliesinclair 

      8 years ago

      Interesting about mastic. I'd never have guessed.

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      reginaaj2gerica 

      8 years ago

      Personally, I've never tasted pistachios, but it look delicious!

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      freeaudiobooks 

      8 years ago

      wow it looks delicious....and I love pistachio so I can't wait to try it :)

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @juditpaton: I sure do!! Thanks for your nice comment :)

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 

      8 years ago from Ozun

      it looks yummi, i will make a try...

      welcome to the Squidoo community, i hope you will enjoy being here, i certainly do.

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @John Dyhouse: Thank you!! Glad you liked it :)

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @momsfunny: And thanks for leaving this nice comment :)

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @Metalpriest: Thanks for stopping by!! Let us know how it goes :)

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      Bellezza-Decor 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Oh boy, I have to try this recipe. Sounds and looks delish!

    • George-Christie profile imageAUTHOR

      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @Bellezza-Decor: Thanks so much! It's taste is delicious too :)

    • George-Christie profile imageAUTHOR

      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @TemporaryTattoo1: Thanks so much! Let us know how it goes :)

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      John Dyhouse 

      8 years ago from UK

      Sounds wonderful, will have to try and make this for myself

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      momsfunny 

      8 years ago

      Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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      Metalpriest 

      8 years ago

      Delicious! Gonna try this!

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      TemporaryTattoo1 

      8 years ago

      Looks Delicious i`ll have a go at making it thanks for the knowledge.

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @getmoreinfo: Thank you so much!!

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      getmoreinfo 

      8 years ago

      This Pistachio cake looks great.

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @Linda BookLady: Thanks for all the blessing :)

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Very interesting... I've never heard of this kind of cake before. Also was happy to hear that pistachios are so healthy for us.

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @victoriahaneveer: Thanks so much for your nice comment :)

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      victoriahaneveer 

      8 years ago

      I love pistachio crusted fish. And pistachio pastries. This looks fantastic.

    • George-Christie profile imageAUTHOR

      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @DeboraR: Thanks for stopping by! I am sure you'll love pistachios when you try them :)

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      DeboraR 

      8 years ago

      Looks good. I've never tried pistachio anything before.

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @RoadMonkey: Thanks for stopping by :)

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      RoadMonkey 

      8 years ago

      Unusual, I have never see this recipe before. It sounds very tasty.

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @Frugal Bride: Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Frugal Bride 

      8 years ago

      Yum!

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @Thetoothfaerie: Thanks for stopping by :)

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @stuhaynes lm: Thanks for the nice comment! More recipes are coming from Cyprus :)

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @jadapotata: Thanks! I am sure you'll love it!!

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      Thetoothfaerie 

      8 years ago

      Mouth watering. Thanks for liking my lens.

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      stuhaynes lm 

      8 years ago

      Really good lens this, I really like it. It would be good to see more recipes from Cypress. Main meal ideas would be really good!

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      jadapotata 

      8 years ago

      Great lens! Can't wait to try it!

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @bgassociate: Thank you so much for your nice comment :)

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      bgassociate 

      8 years ago

      Looks yummy! Recipe looks doable too. Will practice this for holiday season treat!

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @bigmedicine: Thanks so much!

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      bigmedicine 

      8 years ago

      Looks so very yummy!

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @IncomeFromHomeT: Thank you so much for your nice comment :)

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @Lyra Kua: Thank you! Glad you liked it :)

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks so much for your kind words!

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @Coffee-Break: Thanks for stopping by!

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      IncomeFromHomeT 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for giving us nutritional reasons to indulge our sweet tooth! This Pistachio Cake looks yummy!

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      Lyra Kua 

      8 years ago

      I love pistachios! the cake looks yummy.

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Wow this looks great and good first lens too.

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 

      8 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      Yummy, I can't wait to try this pistachio cake recipe.

    • George-Christie profile imageAUTHOR

      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @anonymous: And thanks for the nice comment :)

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @PetrescuMia: Thank you for the nice comment! Let us know how it goes if you try it!!

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @EasyHealthyEating: Hahaha. Are you going to spoil your diet for this :) Thanks for stopping by!!

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @vineliner57: Thank you so much :)

    • George-Christie profile imageAUTHOR

      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @Rosetta Slone: Thanks for stopping by! I am sure it will be delicious with another nut!

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Looks and sounds delightful. Thanks for the recipe!

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      PetrescuMia 

      8 years ago

      This looks great! I might try it for my family.

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      EasyHealthyEating 

      8 years ago

      Look yummy! Will put it down as our cheating meal (we follow Paleo diet) :)

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      Hal Gall 

      8 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Looks yummy!

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      Rosetta Slone 

      8 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      This looks absolutely delicious! Unfortunately, I can't buy pistachios where I live but I'd love to try the recipe with another nut. Beautiful lens.

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @thewafflingprem1: Thank you so much for the comment!!

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      thewafflingprem1 

      8 years ago

      Congrats on the 100th like! This looks delicious

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @AdityaAgarwal: Thanks so much :)

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      AdityaAgarwal 

      8 years ago

      seems yumieee

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving this nice comment!

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @Gayle Dowell: Thank you so much for stopping by! Glad you liked it!

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @delia-delia: Thank you so much for this nice comment :-)

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Looks really delicious, I think I will try to see .. Thank you for sharing. :)

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      Gayle Dowell 

      8 years ago from Kansas

      What a unique recipe. Thanks for explaining about mastic powder. I had never heard of it before.

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      Delia 

      8 years ago

      Ohhhhh this is delicious sounding! some of my favorite ingredients pistachio, rum and sugar (I good eat just that! ;-) great instructional recipe...Thank You for sharing!

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @takkhisa: Thanks for stopping by!!

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @julieannbrady: Thanks for your nice comment! I am sure you will love it as a cake as well :)

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      Takkhis 

      8 years ago

      Good step by step instruction.

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      julieannbrady 

      8 years ago

      You know, pistachio is my favorite nut! I love it in ice cream too. Hadn't yet tried a cake, but I'm interested. Sounds delicious!

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @audrey07: Thanks so much for your nice comment!

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @theallin1writer: Thanks for all the blessing!!

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      audrey07 

      8 years ago

      Easy to follow instructions there. Must taste yummy as well.

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      theallin1writer 

      8 years ago

      Ooh this looks yummy! Looking forward to more of your lenses. *blessed by a SquidAngel

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @Mamabyrd: Thanks so much for your nice comment!

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @getmoreinfo: Thanks for stopping by!

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @Gypzeerose: Thanks for your comment! I am sure you'll love it when you try it :)

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      Mamabyrd 

      8 years ago from West Texas

      sounds like a tasty recipe I love pistachios.

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      getmoreinfo 

      8 years ago

      I love pistachios so this is something I would love to try.

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      Rose Jones 

      8 years ago

      Very unusual recipe, at least for a Westerner. I have pinned your cake to my sweets board on Pinterest, so I can be sure to return to it when I want to bake something special.

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @mojoCNYartist: Thanks for stopping by!

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      Dan 

      8 years ago from CNY

      I love pistachios, and they are very good for you.

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      George-Christie 

      8 years ago

      @fibrogirl: Thanks for your nice comment :)

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