Today is National Pistachio Day – February 26, 20013. Who knew? In honor of this day I decided to make a tart made with fresh honey, roasted pistachios and a twist of orange juice. I found this recipe on Better Homes and Garden website. I made the recipe as described but took out the dried fruit pieces (so my family would eat it) and used a round tart pan instead of a rectangular one (because I don’t have one). RESULT: Lots of nutty, orangey yummy flavor! Try it and let us know what you think.
Your Favorite Chick from the North – Jill
- sugar - 1/2 cup
- honey - 1/4 cup
- water - 1/4 cup
- pistachio nuts - 2 cups, chopped & toasted
- orange juice - 1/4 cup
- all-purpose flour - 2 cups
- salt - 1/4 teaspoon
- shortening - 2/3 cup
- egg - 1
- cold water - 1/4 cup
- egg yolk - 1, beaten
- coarse sugar -
1. For filling, in a medium saucepan stir together sugar, honey, and 1/4 cup water. Bring to boiling, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat to medium-low. Gently simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes or until a light caramel color, stirring occasionally. Stir in pistachiosand orange juice. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until mixture is slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
2. For pastry, in a large mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture is the size of small peas. In a small bowl beat together egg and the 1/4 cup cold water. Add egg mixture to flour mixture. Using a fork, toss until dry ingredients are moistened. Divide dough in half. Form each half into a ball.
3. Slightly flatten one ball of pastry into a circle. On a lightly floured surface roll dough into a 12" circle. Wrap around a rolling pin. Unroll onto a 10" tart pan with a removable bottom. Ease pastry into pan, pressing it up the fluted sides. Trim pastry even with top edge of pan. Spoon filling evenly into crust.
4. For top pastry, roll out remaining pastry ball into a 10-inch circle. Using a fluted pastry wheel, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips. Weave strips randomly across top of filling as desired. Press ends into rim of pan. Brush egg yolk over lattice top and sprinkle with sugar.
5. Bake in a 375 degree F oven about 35 minutes or until top is golden. (If parts of crust brown more quickly, cover with foil.) Cool in pan on a wire rack. Remove sides from pan. Makes 8 to 12 servings.