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Old 05-08-2006, 04:33 PM   #1
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Pistachio quandary

For most of the day yesterday, I was experimenting with different kinds of nut mousses. I came up with a Frangelico - hazelnut mousse, that would be great with a dark chocolate cake or genoise, an Amaretto-almond paste mousse laced with a bit of orange rind, and an awesome bittersweet chocolate- chestnut mousse, but one nut has me completely stumped. I can't seem to get a pistachio mousse to taste right. I first tried grinding the nuts into a paste with some sugar, then incorporating the paste into some pastry cream in which I infused the milk/cream mixture with pistachio nuts beforehand, then strained. I then folded in some whipped cream, but it still didn't have enough of a pistachio flavor for me. Does anyone out there have any advice or tried and true formulas for a pistachio mousse, or a thick pistachio flavored curd? Thanks in advance.

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Old 05-08-2006, 07:00 PM   #2
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I'm sorry that I cannot solve your problem but if you would share your chestnut mousse, I would be eternally grateful! Mother's Day Sunday and would be perfect.
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Old 05-08-2006, 07:03 PM   #3
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I just looked at your web site... the cakes look beautiful and no doubt taste that way too considering the lucious ingredients.
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Old 05-08-2006, 07:16 PM   #4
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Sure! No problem.

2 lbs peeled chestnuts (I use the jarred already peeled chestnuts)
3/4 cup sugar or a little more or less, depending on your taste.
4 oz really good quality bittersweet chocolate (I use Callebaut)
1/4 cup dark rum, brandy, or any liquor you prefer, or you can substitute extract with some water if you want to leave out the alcohol.
2 cups heavy cream

Over a double boiler, or in the microwave, melt the bittersweet chocolate. In a food processor, combine melted chocolate, chestnuts, sugar and rum, and process until silky smooth.

Whip the cream until stiff, then fold into the chestnut mixture. If using as a filling for cakes, chill until slightly firm. If using on it's own as a dessert, spoon or pipe into dishes or pretty glasses, and chill until completely set.
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Old 05-08-2006, 07:57 PM   #5
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I don't know the answer, but wonder if pistachio pudding mix might work added to the mix, or a pistachio yogurt mixture. Pistachio extract?

These are not pistachio mousse recipes, but maybe it will give you some ideas to experiment with:

http://www.pistachios.org/Recipes/Recipes.asp?o=all&i=4

(The cook looks luscious.)


http://www.pistachios.org/Recipes/Recipes.asp?o=all
(There's a recipe for Pesto Pistachio Cheese)
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Old 05-08-2006, 08:11 PM   #6
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Thanks, mish :) The only thing is, mixes aren't for me (don't get me wrong, I'll make instant pudding for myself, but never for guests or clients), but in this case, flavorwise, I just may have to try it and see. I'm such a snob when it comes to my desserts, and doing everything from scratch LOL. In any event, that cake and the pistachio cheese ball, look scrumptious, but where's the sexy cook???? :P
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Old 05-08-2006, 08:19 PM   #7
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Noticed some pistachio extracts in a google search. Perhaps that might work. Good luck. Let us know what you come up with.

P.S. Yep that cake looks pretty outrageous.
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Old 05-09-2006, 09:27 AM   #8
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Lisa I make pistachio desserts all the time (not mousses) but more like nougat's and to get flavor out of them You need to do the following.

First powder them (raw pistachios only - I bet you knew that :-)) add them to whatever you want to infuse it in. I would recommend milk and then let the mixture cook down until it's thick (should coat the back of your spoon - so requires a lot of elbow grease). Let this cool and it should have the intense pistachio flavor you are looking for.

In Indian pistachio desserts we always add a tiny bit of saffron and cardamom powder as a finishing touch. Pistachio's in itself are not that flavorful but the touch of the spices I mentioned heightens it's flavor.

All the best.
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Wow, nice looking desserts! I am expecting delivery of two dessert filbert/hazelnut bushes today, but maybe it is too early to start collecting recipes to use them . Good luck with your business, it looks great!
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Old 05-09-2006, 05:26 PM   #10
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Yakuta, that worked perfectly!! The cardamom also was what did the trick! Thank you so so much! I knew cardamom is usually paired with pistachio in Indian desserts, but I was too dense to remember that..LOL

beth, thank you so much for your sweet compliment and well wishes. I'm verry amateur right now, as I'm slowly teaching myself new decorating techniques, but I believe flavor comes first, so as long as the outside looks 'ok' for now, I'm happy. I'm going to be taking the evening pastry course at the French Culinary Institute, when I get some time, to learn more and perfect old and new techniques. I want to make some wild cakes, and I don't think I'm quite up to par for that yet..LOL Still have that 'shaky', a tad sloppy, thing going!
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