Turkish-inspired Almond & Pistachio Biscuits
Posted on 09th Mar 2015
Emma Spitzer’s Turkish escape proved a gourmet revelation. She shares a holiday-inspired recipe here.
“All-inclusive resorts don’t always get the best press. Like many, I am guilty of tarnishing them all with the same bad food brush. That was until I holidayed at the Gloria Golf Resort last summer with my family. It is rare to find yourself eating somewhere different almost every night over a two week stay and not only that, really enjoy the different types of food on offer along with their settings. Turkish cuisine is one of my favourites so I found it hard to tear myself away from the Turkish grill at lunchtime. The intoxicating smells of grilled meat being cooked over the open Turkish barbeque lured me in on a regular basis and I had to fight hard with my stomach to try other places (all equally as good). Luckily the kids loved it just as much me, polishing off huge plates of grilled chicken with chips and salad with warm freshly baked Turkish bread…..sigh…..
Wherever we chose to dine, the meal would usually always end with Turkish tea and pistachio biscuits; a tradition which I am pleased to say I often continue in the comfort of my own home…..”
Almond & Pistachio Biscuits
* 175g butter, softened
* 85g golden caster sugar
* ½ tsp vanilla extract
* 225g plain flour
* 75g pistachios
* 75gr of blanched white almonds – roughly chopped
Mix the butter, sugar and vanilla extract with a wooden spoon. stir in the flour, then tip in the pistachios and almonds – you might need to get your hands in at this stage to bring the mix together as a dough. Halve the dough and shape each half into a log about 5cm across. Wrap in cling film, then chill for 1 hr or freeze for up to 3 months.
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan. Slice the logs into 1cm-thick rounds, place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment and bake for 12-15 mins. Cool completely on the tray before enjoying with some Turkish or fresh mint tea.« Back to blog home