A recent report on heart health of pistachios prompted us to seek out some great dairy-free pistachio recipes. For the best results, we went straight to the source … the California Pistachio Commission!
3-3 1/2 cups flour
1 package quick rising yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk (use your favorite soy, rice, or almond milk alternative)
1/4 cup each water, sugar and butter or margarine (Earth Balance or Fleischmann’s should work well for dairy-free)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons natural California pistachios, finely chopped
Chocolate Pistachio Filling (recipe follows)
Glaze (recipe follows)
Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, yeast and salt. Heat milk, water, sugar and butter to 120 degrees F.; add vanilla. With electric mixer at low speed, beat milk mixture into flour mixture; beat in eggs. Mix 3 minutes at medium speed. Gradually stir in enough remaining flour by hand to form soft dough. Knead on floured surface about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl; turn to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place about 20 minutes. Punch down. On lightly floured surface, roll dough to 15 x 10 inch rectangle. Spread Chocolate Pistachio Filling to within 1 inch of one long edge. Roll jellyroll fashion spread from long edge. Pinch to seal edges. Place on greased baking sheet; slash at 2-inch intervals to within 1 inch from center. Twist each section slightly. Cover; let rise 20 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees F. 30 to 35 minutes or until roll makes a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom. Cool on rack. Brush with glaze and sprinkle with finely chopped pistachios.
Chocolate Pistachio Filling:
Combine 3/4 cup chopped natural California pistachios, 1/2 cup each vanilla cookie crumbs and melted butter alternative or margarine, 2 tablespoons each sugar and cocoa and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon; mix well. Makes 1 1/2 cups.
Heat to boil 1/2 cup light corn syrup, 1/3 cup water and 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon. Reduce heat and simmer until reduced to 1/2 cup.
Makes 8 to 10 servings.