Pistachio Cake

I baked this simple pistachio cake so as to use up some leftover pistachios I had hanging out in the pantry, and I was surprised at how lovely it turned out, so I thought I’d share the recipe here. It’s a very unfussy affair – wholesome and light. I love it for breakfast or as an afternoon pick-me-up, slightly toasted, with a dollop of creamy ricotta, a drizzle of honey and some chopped pistachios on top.

Pistachio Cake

 150 g plain flour
2 eggs
100 g caster sugar
125 g plain yoghurt
50 g fruity extra virgin olive oil
100 g (1/2 cup) raw shelled pistachios
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 180° C (375F).
Using a blender or a spice grinder, grind the pistachios together with a spoonful of sugar until finely ground. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs with the yoghurt and vanilla. Stir in the sugar and flour and baking powder, then the oil, and finally the pistachios. Mix until combined.
Pour the batter into a greased 9-inch loaf tin. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until springy and deep golden on top.
Once done, take the cake out of the oven and let it cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a rack to cool completely.


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  1. Federica June 28, 2011

    splendide le foto…deve essere una delizia questo cake!complimenti!

  2. Giuky June 28, 2011

    ultimamente vedo tante ricette con il pistacchio.ma questo plumcake mi attira più degli altri…forse forse mi decido a provare il pistacchio nei dolciumi!:)

  3. Valeria June 29, 2011

    @La signora Laura: ma ogni tanto una ricettina per sé si può fare 🙂 magari in versione mini-cakes, perchè no?
    @Federica: ma grazie!
    @Giuky: provalo, dà quel qualcosa in più…assicuro il metodo terapeutico mortaio-pestello!

  4. Simo June 29, 2011

    Adoro i pistacchi, ancor più di me li ama mia figlia…questa è proprio la ricetta che fa per lei!

  5. Kafcia June 29, 2011

    Mi trovi d'accordo sul pistacchio. Se non è buono vado oltre anch'io. Complimenti per questa ricetta, sembra squisita!

    Un bacio

  6. Silvia June 29, 2011

    Io la prova del nove invece la faccio con la stracciatella: con un solo gusto capisco che latte usano ed il tipo di cioccolato:-)

    Come te adoro i pistacchi e penso proprio che il tuo dolcetto dev'essere una meraviglia!

  7. Maria July 3, 2011

    This looks absolutely perfect! What a lovely cake!

  8. Valeria July 5, 2011

    @Simo: quale scusa migliore di farla per la figlia e rubarne una fetta? 🙂
    @Kafcia: grazie! eh sì,il pistacchio buono è un'altra cosa!
    @Silvia: grazie mille! stracciatella,eh? mi sa che l'userò insieme al pistacchio per il test gelateria!:)
    @Maria:thanks a lot! It's even kind of healthy :))
    @Val: let me know how it goes! I found it really good for a pic nic –you can use your hands without mess around!:)

  9. Francis-Olive September 7, 2011

    i'm going to make this for my blog today 🙂 hopefully it will generate a little bit of traffic for you too, as i will be sure to include a link to your site! Valeria, check the tartine blog today too, i'm on to some really amazing breads that i think you will be interested in seeing. i'm trying to find my 'dream bread', i'm almost there!

  10. Valeria September 11, 2011

    @olive: how did you like it?

  11. Francis-Olive September 19, 2011

    valeria, it was fabulous! i made it for my birthday cake, but then i forgot to photograph it! so im doing it again this week. the only problem i had was that my loaf pan was too big, so it didnt get as high as i wanted it to. so, i have to get a smaller pan. but it was absolutely beautiful and delicious! i will send you a message when the post is up. you are turning into a minor celebrity, at least in my kitchen you are! my friends all loved the bread!

    how is your bread coming along? are you still working from the tartine book?

  12. Valeria November 17, 2011

    @Francis: I suspended the process because I moved home three times and I don't have a cast iron pot anymore. I am planning on buying a new ine but oh well, I will have to waitn until I settle down for a longer time!


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