It’s out! Everything you need to know about being a virtuous tart! The Extra Virgin Kitchen cookbook published by Gill & Macmillan. We’re giving away a personalised copy today, for you or a dear friend.
Flummoxed, quite frankly, to see Lisa Hannigan making the lemon and pistachio pie. I nearly wept with giddiness when I stumbled upon this tweet. Lisa’s a true hero of mine, and kept me company through the relentless night feeds of two hungry thugs (on my iPod, jeesh).
— Lisa Hannigan (@LisaHannigan) May 18, 2014
Lemon and Pistachio Pie with Orange Blossom Yoghurt
This recipe is designed to drive your neurotransmitters wild without driving up your blood sugar levels or gunging your arteries.
But aren’t nuts fattening?
Nuts contain monounsaturated fat. That’s the healthy one associated with lower rates of heart disease and cholesterol. Commercial candy, on the other hand, is a source of nasty fat, responsible for bumping up your bad LDL cholesterol and haunting your arteries. Please don’t confuse the two fats – they behave very differently in the body. In fact, the British Medical Journal published research on Polymeal foods that, if consumed daily, would reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by 75%. Dark chocolate and nuts were two of the seven foods. Glee.
For the biscuit base:
3/4 cup unsalted cashews
1/2 cup shelled pistachios
1/3 cup sultanas
juice and zest of 1 small lemon
2 tablespoons maple or brown rice syrup
1/4 teaspoon unrefined salt
For the filling:
1 1/2 cups raw unsalted cashew nuts, soaked overnight
1/2 cup raw agave or brown rice syrup (maple not good)
up to 1/2 cup melted extra virgin coconut oil
juice of 1 1/2 lemons (or 2 small lemons)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
handful of shelled pistachios, to decorate
Briefly pulse the base ingredients together using a food processor. Stop the motor when the dough starts to clump together. Spread the nutty dough over the bottom of a lightly oiled 18cm springform tin. These are a special type of baking tin usually used to make cheesecakes.
Place in the freezer to chill while you get going on the filling.
Drain the cashew nuts and discard the soaking liquid. Cream the softened cashews with the remaining filling ingredients until smooth and glossy. This should take 2 minutes in a blender or food processor. Add more turmeric if you want to achieve an even brighter glow. Too much, though, and planes will start landing on your house. Pour over your base and return to the freezer until beckoned.
Allow to thaw for 5 minutes before cutting the pie from frozen. Crush a handful of shelled pistachios with the bottom of a saucepan and tickle the top of the pie with them. Serve with thick cultured coconut or soya yoghurt splashed with orange blossom water or culinary-grade orange oil. And maybe a pitcher of iced green tea on a sweltering summer’s day.
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