American Pistachio-Studded Holiday Sponge Cakes


American Pistachio-Studded Holiday Sponge Cakes

Yield: 6 Small Cakes.


Eggs, separated

½ teaspoon Cream of tartar

1½ cups Sugar, divided

½ cup Orange juice

1 teaspoon Grated orange peel

1¼ cups Flour

¼ cup Natural American pistachios, finely chopped

¼ teaspoon Salt

Orange Syrup (recipe follows)

½ cup Natural American pistachios, chopped

Orange Syrup: Combine ¾ cup each sugar and water and 1 teaspoon orange peel; bring to boil. Simmer, uncovered, 2 minutes; cool 10 minutes


Beat egg whites until frothy; add cream of tartar and beat at high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add ¾ cup sugar; continue beating until stiff but not dry. Set aside. Beat yolks about 3 minutes or until very thick and light in color. Add remaining sugar 1 tablespoon at a time; beat until thick. Add orange juice and peel; blend until smooth. Thoroughly combine flour, finely chopped pistachios and salt; gently fold into egg yolk mixture until well-blended. Fold yolk mixture into beaten whites. Pour into 6 (5 ¾ x 3 ¼ x 2 ¼ inch) ungreased pans; cut through batter with spatula to remove air bubbles. Bake at 325° F. 25 to 35 minutes or until cakes spring back when lightly touched. Immediately invert pans on wire racks; cool completely. To remove cakes, loosen around edges of pans with knife. Pour Orange Syrup over cakes; allow to sit until syrup is absorbed. Garnish tops of cakes with chopped pistachios.