Have you ever heard of pistachio cream? I’d never heard of it, and Michael had never heard of it until he brought home a jar in November. We’re now addicted! If you like pistachios (and who DOESN’T like pistachios?), you will love pistachio cream. It’s sweet and creamy (duh!)—the consistency of peanut butter—and I’m SURE it doesn’t have any calories! (Please don’t let it have any calories!)
Pistachio cream is made from ground pistachios to which butter, sugar, and cream may be added. A lovely soft green, pistachio cream is usually Italian and usually from Sicily, which grows delicious pistachios. You can probably make it yourself, but why would you when you can buy it in jars in grocery and specialty stores in Italy. I like Nonna Vincenza’s pistachio cream, which I buy at the Nonna Vincenza dolci store just a few blocks from our apartment. (They also sell great Sicilian cookies there.) Some US specialty food stores sell pistachio cream, too—Williams-Sonoma, for example.
Before I knew that pistachio cream existed, I’d eaten it in sublime Italian pistachio cake (in Sicily), and probably in pistachio macarons, although I don’t know that for sure. Last Friday night at Ristorante Mario near the Spanish Steps, I had delicious pistachio crème brûlée—made from pistachio cream, of course. YUM!
According to WiseGeek, “A common way to use the cream is in the baking of muffins, breads, and other treats. Breakfast meals, such as waffles and oatmeal, can be enhanced with the cream, as can any dessert with a nut topping desired.” Another website suggested putting pistachio cream on toast—I wish I didn’t know that!
Michael likes a dab of pistachio cream in his caffè—but just in espresso and just a dab. He and I also like it on our favorite store-bought Italian cookie: Ronci Biscottone di Latte. We should own stock in Ronci, because we eat a lot of Biscottone di Latte. Biscottone di Latte aren’t very sweet, but they are a perfect carrier for pistachio cream, which we spread on the bottom. Eating it right out of the jar is magnificent as well.
Here’s to pistachio cream! Let me know how you like it!