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Pistachio bird's nests

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • plus 2 hrs standing and cooling
  • More effort
  • Serves 14

Make these pistachio 'bird’s nests', made with kataifi pastry (a very finely shredded filo pastry available online) and a lemon sugar syrup for a sweet treat

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per serving
NutrientUnit
kcal326
fat17g
saturates9g
carbs41g
sugars29g
fibre1g
protein2g
salt0.2g
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Ingredients

  • 40g pistachios
  • 400g sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 300g kataifi pastry
  • 375g butter, melted

Method

  • STEP 1

    Soak the pistachios in water for 30 mins. Dissolve the sugar in 500ml water in a pan over a medium heat, then bring to a boil and bubble for 15-20 mins or until reduced and lightly syrupy. Stir in the lemon and boil for a minute more.

  • STEP 2

    Cover the kataifi with a damp cloth so it doesn’t dry out. Take a finely twisted 30cm length of pastry and wrap it in a circular motion around two fingers into a nest shape. Transfer to a baking tray, then repeat with the rest of the pastry.

  • STEP 3

    Drain the pistachios and gently press four or five into the middle of each nest. Cover the nests with a layer of baking parchment, then put another baking tray on top and put a 1kg weight on top. Leave at room temperature for 1 hr, then remove the parchment and leave for another hour to dry out.

  • STEP 4

    Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Pour the butter over and around the nests, so that they’re sitting in a layer of melted butter. Cook for 20-25 mins until golden brown, turning the tray from time to time to make sure the nests are evenly coloured. Leave to cool for 10 mins, then transfer to a clean baking tray and pour over the syrup. Leave to cool completely in the syrup, then serve.

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