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Pistachio paste is used to flavor ice creams, pastries or custards. Yesterday, I made my own from scratch using Pierre Hermé's instructions. Amazing!
Pistachio paste is bought by professional pastry chefs in shops like G. Detout to flavor everything from ice creams and custards to pies and macaroons. During my last pastry class at Lenôtre we made a pistachier and the chef told us that 'Pistachio paste cannot be made - you have to buy it'. Well, Pierre Hermé, the modest emperor of French pastry, makes his own pistachio paste.
Here is his recipe using high quality shelled unsalted pistachios I bought in Istanbul's Spice market.
Pierre Hermé's Pistachio Paste
Pound the pistachios in a heavy mortar.
This is heavy work and it takes a very long time to obtain a fine powder.
Using an electrical kitchen mixer can help (photo) but is no panacea as the pistachio crumbles will pile up on each side until the blade runs on empty space.
This is a rather coarse and rustic pistachio paste, but extremely tasty and great fun to make. I think with a sieve and some more work at the pestle you can get a finer texture if desired.