For my birthday, my lovely sister had a birthday lunch for me and my family. It was very generous of her, and we all had a great day. I wanted to tell her how thankful I was for her kindness. How does one do such a think when the event is for your birthday? It’s a conundrum of the ages. And suddenly I thought – pistachio praline! She’s pregnant, so champagne and the usual thank yous are out. However, I know that pistachios are one of her favourite nuts, and praline is a type of sweet. That’s definitely in the pregnancy rules, and I’d made it before with some success.
At the same time, my friend had kindly agreed to take me to the train station so that I could get to the city to see my family. Last time I made pistachio praline, he was a big fan. Perfect! Hopefully both my friend and my sister would like the praline, and appreciate the sentiment.
Thank you gifts can be tricky. I always find it difficult, especially when purchasing, to get the proportion of it right. There’s something more special about making something, though, which adds thoughtfulness without scale. You also can’t buy this in the shops, making it pretty special, too! And don’t worry, it doesn’t take very long, either.
Feel free to add whatever nuts, or other special ingredients you’d like. Pour out lollies, or add little edible flowers for a beautiful touch. Maybe dip in chocolate for a Florentine effect. It is also nice to serve after dinner with coffee.
I hope my sister and friend liked it, and you like it too!
- 100g pistachios
- ⅓ cup water
- ⅔ cup caster sugar
- Line a backing tin with foil, folding the foil up on the sides to make walls so the area is approx 10cm2.
- Roughly chop pistachios and spread evenly over lined foil.
- In a small saucepan over a low heat, stir sugar and water until dissolved.
- Turn up the heat to bring to the boil.
- Leave approximately 10 minutes until golden. Don't stir during this time, or the syrup will crystallize.
- When golden, remove from heat, and let the bubbles subside.
- Pour over pistachios as evenly as you can to cover them.
- Leave for 10-20 minutes to cool, and then chop into pieces.
- Place into little bags for gifts, or into a container to keep. Eat in pieces, or chop more finely to sprinkle over other desserts.