American Pistachio Gianduja

1200 g
Batter g/ml lbs./oz Baker's % Yield % Notes
Almonds, blanched 400 g 14 oz 24.24 %
Pistachio, blanched 550 g 1 lb 3 oz 33.33 %
Sugar, powdered 400 g 14 oz 24.24 %
Cocoa, butter 100 g 3.5 oz 6.06 %
Chocolate, white 200 g 7 oz 12.12 %
American Pitachios halved for decoration
Total 1650 g 3 lbs 10 oz 100.00%


• Prepare a frame 6.5” x 12” with medium bars

• Place the pistachios and powder sugar in the robot coupe and grind to a fine, smooth paste. If the mass gets over 90 F in the blender, remove from the blender and cool on a sheet pan lined with baking paper. Grind this paste again if necessary then add the cocoa butter and couverture and blend together.

• Do not heat this mass over 90 F so it will be tempered and ready to spread, straight out of the bender.

• Pour this tempered mass into a metal frame on a sheet of baking paper.

• Refrigerate for 10 min. in 40 F refrigerator then reserve in chocolate cooler until ready to cut with a guitar.

• Dip in dark couverture and decorate with pistachio halves.

• This gianduja is too hard, not creamy at all. It is almost brittle.

• Test adding some pistachio oil, almond butter, butter.

• Another way to incorporate the tempered couverture concist in placing all the ingredients in a mixing bowl with a paddle. Mix in 1st speed until incorporated.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!