Orange-Pistachio Phyllo Diamonds

Total Time:
3 hr 55 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
3 hr 15 min
Cook:
25 min

Yield:
32 cookies
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly, plus more for the pan
  • 1 7 -ounce log almond paste, broken into small pieces
  • 2 large eggs plus 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange blossom water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces frozen phyllo sheets, thawed and torn into pieces
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup unsalted pistachios, finely chopped
Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch square baking dish. Combine the almond paste, whole eggs, egg yolks, melted butter and 1/4 cup sugar in a food processor. Pulse until combined with a few small lumps of almond paste. Add 1 tablespoon orange blossom water, the baking powder, salt and vanilla; pulse to combine. Add the phyllo pieces and pulse until finely chopped. Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan. Bake until golden brown and firm on top, 25 to 30 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, make the syrup: Heat the orange juice, honey, lemon juice, the remaining 3/4 cup sugar and the remaining 1 tablespoon orange blossom water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm.

  • Remove the baking dish from the oven and immediately pour half of the syrup over the cake; let soak in, 15 minutes. Add the pistachios to the remaining syrup and pour over the cake, spreading the pistachios with a rubber spatula. Transfer to a rack and let cool completely in the pan, about 3 hours, tipping the pan occasionally to distribute the syrup. Cut diagonally into small diamonds.

  • Photograph by Ryan Dausch


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