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Friday, 10 October 2008

Chocolate and Pistachio Wedges

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This recipe is one that would have been overlooked, had I not been looking for something sweet to make with pistachios.

Coming from The Cookie and Biscuit Bible, these chocolate and pistachio wedges are rich, a bit like a soft chocolate shortbread, covered with crunchy, colourful nuts.

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Chocolate and Pistachio Wedges
Adapted from The Cookie and Biscuit Bible

200g/7oz unsalted butter, softened
90g/3½ oz caster sugar
250g/9oz plain flour
50g/2oz unsweetened cocoa powder
25g/1oz shelled pistachio nuts, finely chopped
Cocoa powder for dusting - ooops, I forgot to dust mine!

Heat the oven to 190ºC/350ºF/Gas 4. Line a 23cm/9" round tin with baking parchment.

Beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy. Sift in the flour and cocoa powder and either work in with your hands, or use a hand held electric mixer to bind the mixture together until smooth
(as I did).

Press the dough into the prepared tin. I used a small double ended rolling pin to spread it smoothly to the edges, or you can just use the back of a tablespoon to press the mixture evenly into the tin.

Prick the dough with a fork, sprinkle the pistachio nuts over and gently press them in. Mark into segments with a knife.

Bake for about 15-20 minutes, but do not allow to brown or the cookies will taste bitter.

Remove from the oven and dust with cocoa powder. Cut through the marked segments and leave to cool before removing from the tin.

(Printable Recipe)

This is my contribution to a party that Kellypea is holding over at Sass & Veracity. I just recently found her food blog via another favourite of mine, Passionate About Baking, and I'm impressed to see that Kellypea is celebrating her 100,000th visitor to her delicious blog with this party!

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LyB said...

Those look so rich and fudgy. Very tempting! :)

Jan said...

Mmmm yum! They look good Nic.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I'll be there at the party to have my share of these wedges!!

anudivya said...

It looks beautiful even without the cocoa powder dusting.

Robin Sue said...

Oh boy do these look good. I love pistachios too, such a cute color they are. And one can never go wrong with chocolate!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Don't worry about the dusting. It's perfect as is!

Fitness Foodie said...

Wow decadent and beautiful looking.

Anonymous said...

wow yummy!

pistachios always looks so lovely with chocolate! mmm

Sylvie said...

Can you hear my tummy rumble?

Sam said...

Man these look good!

Anonymous said...

this looks great!

Anonymous said...

Pistachios are so often underused, aren't they?

You can't pass up an opportunity like this. Nice one!

Snooky doodle said...

wow the colours of this cake are amazing . these look great

test it comm said...

Chocolate and pistachios sounds like a great combo! The pistachios on top add a nice hit of colour.

Ben said...

I am glad to see that you are attending Kelly's party too, What can I say about this dish? I love the combination of chocolate and pistachios, especially in baked goods. You could send this dish to my event too ;)


grace said...

yum. easy on the eyes and tastebuds. however, i'd require more than a wedge. :)

Alexa said...

This looks like a delicious treat! It's unusual as well and pretty.

Deeba PAB said...

WOW Nic...I LOVE the pisatchio chocolate combination. It's a feast for the eyes & senses...& yours look too good to be true! :0)

Nina Timm said...

Oohhh! Yum, this looks so yummee!!!

Stacey Snacks said...

I just made a pistachio crusted brie. I love this chocolate pistachio shortbread. Will have to try it.
great photos!

Stacey Snacks

Anonymous said...

I just came across your site. Everything just looks so lovely!

giz said...

The cake is simply wonderful - the pistachio topping gives it that bit of difference that makes it so much more interesting and the photography is first rate. Beautiful.

Anne said...

I have a distinct feeling if I made these they wouldn't make it past me!!

gives me an excuse to buy some more pistachios now ;-)

Maggie said...

These wedges look seriously rich and indulgent.

Rosie said...

These wedges look decadent Nic just what I need right now for that hit of sugar!!

I also have this book its a great cookie book :D

Rosie x

Anonymous said...

This is gorgeously yummy looking Nic. I just left an award on my blog for you xxx

Ann said...

You had me at chocolate!! What an interesting combo, I need to try this. Gorgeous pics, btw!

Anonymous said...

Ah my goodness. I am so sorry you ended up in the spam folder. I'm horrified! Especially with something so beautiful and delicious. I owe you. Extra points on the next celebration drawing. Seriously.

Maria♥ said...

Wow those wedges look absolutely heavenly!!

I have this book also and love it.


Dee said...

Late night blog hopping is very dangerous when you're faced with recipes like this. Your wedges look amazing!

Anonymous said...

gorgeous!! I am such a sucker for anything with pistachios on it.

Anonymous said...

That looks awesome Nic! I just baked Brownies a few weeks back with this combo, so I can vouch for how tasty these wedges would be:)

Manger La Ville said...

Chocolate and pistachio. Two of my favorite things. These looks delicious and easy to make.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely and delicious combination!!

Nic said...

LyB - these are not that fudgy, more crumbly really, although they do look like fudge.

Jan - thanks!

Valli - see you there!

Anudivya - thanks, you are too kind!

Robin Sue - the colour of the nuts are so beautiful.

Susan - awww, thank you!

Parker - thanks so much!

bbaking - they make a good combo!

Sylvie - I can, lol - must be lunch time!

Sam - thanks!

Nadia - thank you!

gkbloodsugar - I don't get it either, I love pistachios - especially the salty ones!

Snooky Doodle - thanks and I agree about the colours.

Kevin - thanks - a great combo for sure!

Ben - see you there! I am going to have to make something 'special' for you event, now what to make...

Grace - I think a couple will do the trick, especially with a lovely cup of tea!

Alexa - I've not seen these before, but know I'll be making them again.

Deeba - thank you!!!

Nina - thanks!

Stacey Snacks - welcome! I love brie with pistachios too - a must have for xmas!

Prettytastycakes - hello! Thanks so much for visiting and for commenting.

Giz - thank you! It's really a cookie than a cake, but a softer one - must be all that butter.

Anne - I know that feeling very well....!!

Margaret - they are rich, like a shortbread.

Rosie - isn't that a great book?

Colleen - thank you so much - I'll pop over and collect it!

Anne - c h o c o l a t e - go get some now!!

Kellypea - no worries, I guess I'll have to put that book on my xmas list!

Maria - me too, but you can see that!

Dee - I know what you mean, I always go to bed seriously hungry!

Helen - thanks! what is it about pistachios?

Mansi - oooh brownies with pistachios - I love those!

Manger La Ville - me too, and yes they are easy.

Marysol - thank you!

Patricia Scarpin said...

I wish I had these right now, Nic - and I'm glad you gave the recipe a chance, what a wonderful result!

Jeanne said...

Chocolate shortbread and pistachiop in one confection - you certainly have my attention! Stunning photos too and it's been bookmarked :)