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Spreadable pistachio cream: here is the Sicilian recipe loved throughout Italy

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The history of Sicilian pistachio spread is an interweaving of culture, tradition and unique flavors that are lost in the mists of time. Pistachio, known as the green gold of Sicily, is mainly grown in the area of Bronte, a small town located at the foot of the volcano Etna.

This area is famous for its particularly fertile soil, enriched by volcanic ash, which gives pistachios an unparalleled taste and quality.

The cultivation of pistachios in Sicily has ancient origins, dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans, but it is over the centuries that the processing of pistachios has taken on a central role in the local gastronomy, giving rise to products such as spreadable pistachio cream.

The pistachio spread, as we know it today, is the result of a skilful mix of Sicilian pastry tradition and culinary innovation. The original recipe calls for the use of 100% pure pistachios, ground into a fine paste, to which sugar is added to enhance its natural sweetness.

Over time, the pistachio spread has undergone variations and enrichments, including ingredients such as white chocolate or cream, to satisfy the most demanding and curious palates.

Today, pistachio spread has become a symbol of Italian gastronomic excellence, appreciated not only in Italy but all over the world. Its versatility makes it perfect for spooning, spread on a slice of bread, or used as a refined ingredient in sweets and desserts.

The history of pistachio cream is therefore a journey through the centuries, which leads us to discover the deep roots of a product that has been able to conquer the hearts and tastes of anyone who has been lucky enough to taste it.

Ingredients of Sicilian pistachio spread

The main ingredients in pistachio cream include roasted and finely ground pistachios, sunflower seed oil or olive oil to impart a smooth, soft texture, sugar for sweetness, and a small amount of salt to balance out the flavors.

Some recipes may also include powdered milk to make the cream even creamier, and vanilla or other flavorings to accentuate the flavor. The mixture of ingredients is then finely processed to obtain a velvety and homogeneous consistency, ready to be spread on bread, biscuits or used for cakes and desserts.

In some variations, you can also find cocoa butter or pistachio oil to further enrich the taste.

There is no shortage of the most delicious versions that include white chocolate or milk to sweeten and make the cream even more irresistible. Finally, to preserve freshness and flavor, some manufacturers add a pinch of salt and soy lecithin as a natural emulsifier.

These ingredients combine in a perfect balance to create a pistachio spread that is both rich and delicate, capable of satisfying both the most demanding palates and those looking for a simple daily pleasure.

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Preparation of the pistachio spread

The preparation of Sicilian pistachio cream is an art that requires patience and precision to enhance the unique flavor of Bronte pistachio.

The process begins with the selection of pistachios, which must be of high quality, ripe, and bright green in color.

Once harvested, the pistachios are lightly roasted to intensify their flavor and then cooled. Next, they are peeled to remove the outer skin, which could make the cream less smooth and more bitter.

The next step is grinding: the pistachios are ground into a very fine paste. This operation is crucial because a grind that is too coarse would not allow you to reach the desired creamy consistency.

Sugar is added to this paste, which must be dosed carefully so as not to overpower the delicate taste of the pistachios.

To achieve the spreadable consistency, neutral vegetable oils such as sunflower or corn oil are incorporated, which help to make the cream soft and easily spreadable. In some recipes, you can also add a touch of cocoa butter to give body and stability to the cream.

Once all the ingredients have been combined, the cream is stirred vigorously until it becomes homogeneous. This process can take several minutes and can be done either manually or with the help of a food processor.

Finally, the pistachio cream is transferred to sterilized jars and left to cool before being hermetically sealed.

Proper storage is essential to keep the flavor and freshness of the product intact.

The Sicilian pistachio cream is now ready to be enjoyed in all its creaminess and richness of flavor, a real treasure of the Sicilian culinary tradition.

Pistachio spread Di Stefano Dolciaria

The pistachio spread offered by Di Stefano Dolciaria is a true celebration of taste and tradition. This cream, rich and velvety, is composed of 25% Sicilian pistachio, carefully selected to ensure an authentic and unmistakable flavor.

The ingredients are a symphony of quality and simplicity: sugar, to enhance the natural sweetness of pistachios; cocoa butter, which gives the cream a soft and spreadable texture; Vegetable oils such as sunflower and safflower, chosen for their neutrality, which keep the cream homogeneous and perfect to be enjoyed at any time.

Dolciaria Di Stefano has created a cream that is more than just a product: it is a sensory experience that leads directly to the discovery of the flavors of Sicily.

Plant-based fiber inulin, skimmed milk powder, whey powder, and emulsifier soy lecithin are expertly combined to achieve an ideal texture, while a pinch of salt and natural flavors further enrich the flavor profile.

Natural dyes such as curcumin and cupric chlorophyll add a pop of color, making the cream not only delicious on the palate, but also pleasing to the eye.

Dolciaria Di Stefano’s spreadable pistachio cream is perfect to be spread on a slice of toast, used as a secret ingredient in cakes and pies, or simply enjoyed on its own, to indulge in a moment of pure pleasure.

It is a product that embodies the passion for quality and love for the Sicilian land, an irresistible dessert to share with loved ones.

Di Stefano Dolciaria is not only a producer of sweets, but a guardian of traditions and an expression of the heart of Sicily. Each dessert produced represents a sensory journey into the culture and flavors of the island.

The passion for quality and attention to detail are reflected in each creation, conveying the authentic essence of Sicily.