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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
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
Baking with Ease: With 5 regular speed and turbo function, it will meet all of your mixing needs. Turbo function speed up for each gear, Start at a slow speed and gradually work your way up, effectively reduce splash. Versatile Safe Attachments: Electric hand mixer includes 5 stainless steel attachments, two dough hooks, two beaters and a whisk, perfect for cooking or baking. Easy to Clean: The flawless construction will save your time to clean it. You can clean the body with a single damp cloth. All the attachments are dishwasher-safe.
 

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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