August 3rd, 2014

Pistachio-Avocado Cream

Pistachio-Avocado Cream

I think subbing rosewater for the orange blossom would make for an equally delicious flavor. One word of warning, though — both rosewater and orange blossom water can quickly overwhelm a dish. It’s best to start with a small amount and add just a wee bit more at a time, tasting as you go. Also, you’ll notice most ingredients below are “to taste.” Again, you’ll want to taste while you’re mixing things together to end up with a flavor balance that suits you.

1 large avocado
1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons lime juice (to taste)
1/2 cup powdered sugar (to taste)
3/4 cups roasted, shelled (unsalted) pistachios
2 1/2 teaspoons orange blossom water (start here, then add more, 1/4 teaspoon at a time, to taste)
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cardamom (to taste)
1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped to stiff peaks

Grind pistachios until fine in a food processor or blender. Add all additional ingredients except the heavy cream and blend until smooth, scraping down as needed. Taste and make any flavor adjustments you like. Scrape into a bowl and fold in the whipped cream until your dessert is incorporated — but don’t stir too much, or you’ll lose all the whipped cream’s lift. Enjoy!

Makes about 4 small ramekins
Originally published in “Sweeten Up Your Sweetheart With Pistachio-Avocado Cream

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