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Originally published Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 6:04 AM

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Recipe: Strawberry Pistachio Torte

The sweet, slightly acidic flavor of fresh strawberries begs for a rich, crunchy accompaniment. And for that, we turned to pistachios.


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Serves 12

For the cake:

½ cup shelled pistachios, plus extra to garnish

1¼ cups sugar, divided

1½ cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon kosher salt

Zest of 1 lemon

½ teaspoon baking powder

6 egg yolks

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

For the topping:

½ cup strawberry jam

1 quart strawberries, hulled

6 ounces plain Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons honey

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Heat the oven to 325 F. Coat a 9-inch round cake pan with baking spray, then line the bottom with kitchen parchment.

2. In a food processor, pulse together the pistachios, ¼ cup sugar, the flour, salt, lemon zest and baking powder until the pistachios are finely chopped.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and remaining 1 cup of sugar until light and fluffy. Gently stir in the melted butter, then the flour-nut mixture. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted at the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs. Allow to cool in the pan.

4. Once the cake is cool, remove it from the pan. To do this, place a large, overturned serving platter on top of the pan. Invert the cake, then peel off the parchment. Spread the strawberry jam over the top of the cake, then arrange the strawberries, cut sides down, over the top of the torte. Sprinkle extra pistachios over the top.

5. In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt, honey and vanilla. Serve alongside the cake.

— Alison Ladman, The Associated Press



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