Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Little Pistachio and Orange Blossom Water Cakes


At last the weather seems to be getting better. Today we had such a sunny weahter, it was almost 15°C. I think when it is nice weather one automatically feel better.
Sometimes I think that is why people from sunny places are much more cheerfull than the people from cold countries.
It is nothing against anyone, it is my personal expirence, look at me, when it is really cold I am a grumby woman and if I see a dash of sun I am like a sunshine myself :-)

You can see from the colour of the icing in my cake how I was feeling last saturday.
When ever I bake and when I am busy with these wild colours , hubby comes to the kitchen and remark she is again busy with her alien cooking.

Now to the recipe, I saw this few days back Poires au Chocolat and this is her own recipe, I fell in love with it the first time i saw it and had to make them especially there was pistachios and almonds in them.

Recipe courtsey Poires Au Chocolat

110 gm butter
40 gm sugar
2 eggs
50 gm whole blanched almonds ( i didn't have them, i useed almond flakes)
50 gm whole shelled pistachios
110 gm plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp orange blossom water.


Preheat the oven to 170C.
Put the nuts into a food processor and blend till fine but with a few slightly bigger lumps. In a mixer cream the butter and sugar. Add an egg with a few tablespoons of the flour and blend, followed by the other egg and some more flour. Sieve in the rest of the flour and the baking powder then add in the ground nuts and the orange blossom water.
Fold in till combined. Divide between the moulds and and bake for about 15 minutes or until browned on top and cooked through. Leave to cool in the moulds for five minutes then pop out. Dust with icing sugar or use icing like I have done here.

43 comments:

RV said...

wow, love this cakes. Colorful and yummy.

Ria Mathew said...

They look adorable! What colour!

elra said...

Such a gorgeous color, love the orange blossom flavor in it.

Priya said...

Woww wat a cute and beautiful cake...looks soooooo beautiful especially the last pic..

Usha said...

Cake looks beautiful, loved the idea of orange blossom water flavor in it....

indosungod said...

I agree with your theory HC. People in warm sunny places are indeed happier.

As for these cakes, they are just cute and delightful and I like the shade of green you have there too.
Enjoy the weather

Sarah Naveen said...

oh my!!! oh my !! this looks awesome!!! excellent recipe....

Cinnamon-Girl said...

What pretty little cakes! I bet their just scrumptious with the pistachios and almonds. I love the way you decorated them!

Suma Gandlur said...

You go girl. I feel like you live on baked goodies.

Cham said...

Warmer weather is bigger plus in life! I felt once moved to CA, the weather is improving here but the change brought new cold, sinus, etc...
The green color reminds the ST Patty day! Beautiful!

Arlene said...

Your green reminds me of Spring. I am glad that it is getting warmer too. Do you buy or make the orange blossom water? Your hubby sounds like a funny man.

sowmya's creative saga said...

love the ingredients which have gone into the cake...yumm..

aquadaze said...

LOL @ your husband's remark on alien cooking!
To me, there is something very magical in the flavour of orange blossom; this combination with pistachios sounds very interesting.
You make me want to try this pairing in macaroons.

foodcreate said...

Adorable!! so delicious so delicious :)

Sharmila said...

I hate the cold too ... but you can have some of the sun we are having here ... it is already so hot. The cakes look lovely Happy! :-)

notyet100 said...

cake looks yum...;-)

Jayashree said...

The grass is always green on the other side,HC. I'd give anything to change Chennai into a cooler place.

jayasree said...

Gorgeous cakes..Pretty green. I love ur bundt muffin pan. Great clicks.

Suparna said...

hey HC,
beautiful cake and so many new things I learnt from this post...thanks

Happy Cook said...

Arlene I buy them, i didnt know we could make them at hoe.

Bombay-Bruxelles said...

Beautiful! For me Pistachios are my fav nut! Must have been great!

Deepa said...

hey the cake looks so cute..lovely click..

Shama Nagarajan said...

wow..what a colour ?.....am drooling over it

sra said...

alien or not, they are very cheery - they made me laugh. Thanks!

Sushma Mallya said...

colour is so beautiful and beautiful cake...

Poires au Chocolat said...

Oh wow, how exciting! I'm so glad you liked the recipe.

I don't think anybody has ever posted about one of my recipes before, you've made me very happy :)

Divya Kudua said...

Oh the cakes look so pretty!!

Happy Cook said...

Poires au chocolata, I am happy that i mad eyou happy :-) It was a yummy cake.

Padhu said...

OMG! they look so beautiful! What a colour!Nice work

Angie's Recipes said...

What a beautiful bunt cake!

Aparna said...

Love your green cake. Its beautifuland sounds interesting with the pistachios. You were definitely in good form on the weekend. :)

Oh and congratulations on your win. Hope Shyama is better now.

Bong Mom said...

Your hubby is so funny HC :) Alien cakes, huh. I am sure all aliens would be very happy to eat a piece of that

5 Star Foodie said...

Awesome cakes! I love the combo of the almonds pistachios and orange blossom water, sounds terrific!

Gulmohar said...

Lovely color and lovely flavor :-)
What you said about sunshine is so true about me too :D

Gloria said...

Love this cake and the color Happy Cook look really awesome , xx gloria

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Thats so beautiful looks great !

Ivy said...

Great looking cakes.

Art and Appetite said...

Oh my! Love the color! The flavor already sounds great! Yum!

prerna said...

mmm! I can actually taste them. Love Pistachio. Will definitely try them!

Deeba PAB said...

A cake bright like sunshine... i love the combination of these delightful creatures. I've always wondered how orange blossom water would taste; now you have me even more intrigued F! Love the new header too!!

tigerfish said...

Orange blossom water...the cake must be smelling refreshingly good!

Rina said...

Looks colorful and tempting..HP..Can imagaine flavour of this cake..lucky u..

anubhavati said...

Oh Wow,

this looks awesome....if there was a brighter colour I cant think of it...

Shobha