150g shelled unsalted pistachios
60g caster sugar
35g ground almonds
1-2 tbsp of nut oil
2-3 drops of green food colouring (optional)
Preheat the oven to 160C/140C. Place the pistachios on a baking tray and roast in a preheated oven for 5-7 minutes, stirring every so often. Keep an eye on them and don’t let them colour as it changes the flavour and the colour of the paste. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
Heat the water and sugar in a small saucepan over a medium heat and boil until the syrup is clear and all the sugar has dissolved. This will take about 3-4 minutes. Add the pistachios and stir until the nuts are coated in the sugar. Do not worry about the sugar crystallizing, that’s fine.
Pour the mixture onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper and leave to cool why not try this out. Place the pistachios and almonds in a food possessor and blend. Add 1 – 2 tbsp of oil, plus the food colouring if using, and blend until it forms a thick paste.
Store any unused paste in a covered jar in the fridge.
The food colouring makes the paste a more intense green but be careful not to use too much. You want it to be the colour of pistachios and not more.