Homemade Pistachio Paste
Having difficulty finding pistachio paste? Not to worry--it's easy to make your own.
  • 200 grams shelled pistachios
  • 50 grams almond meal
  • 100 grams sugar
  • 2.8 cl water (roughly 1 oz)
  • A few drops of almond extract
  1. Using a spice grinder (my choice), mortar and pestle or a blender, grind the pistachios until smooth.
  2. Transfer the ground pistachios in a large bowl and mix in the almond meal
  3. Add the almond extract. Make sure to only add one or two drops.
  4. In a small saucepan, combine the water and sugar and heat until the temperature reaches 115-120 degrees C, stirring constantly.
  5. Immediately pour the sugar/water mixture into the nut mixture and mix quickly to prevent the sugar from crystalizing.
  6. While mixing the mixture to form a paste (kneading with your hands is best), you may have to add more water in order to achieve a marzipan-like texture. Add only 1 teaspoon at a time. I ended up adding 3 teaspoons to achieve the desired results.
  7. Wrap in plastic wrap and store in a plastic bag. Freeze for longest shelf life.
  8. Makes about 12 ounces of paste.
I scaled down the original recipe for this quantity.
Recipe by Lemons + Anchovies at https://lemonsandanchovies.com/2012/06/homemade-pistachio-paste/