California Pistachio Cheesecake Chef Dunhui ZHANG


Pistachio Paste:

Ingredients Metric Grams Metric High-Volume
California Pistachio Kernels, peeled 240 g 2400 g
Water 60 ml 600 g
Butter 100 g 1000 g
Sugar 100 g 1000 g
Total 500 g 5000 g

Biscuit Crust:

Ingredients Metric Grams Metric High-Volume
Plain Flour 150 g 1500 g
Butter 80 g 800 g
Sugar 100 g 1000 g
Salt 5 g 50 g
Milk 50 g 500 g
California Pistachios, chopped 100 g 1000 g
Total 485 g 4850 g

Cheese Cake: Biscuit Crust 50g, Butter 15g

Ingredients Metric Grams Metric High-Volume
Cream Cheese 250 g 2500 g
Milk 75 g 750 g
Eggs 50 g 500 g
Pistachio Paste 100 g 1000 g
Whipping Cream 125 g 1250 g
Total 600 g 6000 g


Pistachio Paste:
1. Mix pistachio kernels and sugar in food processor and stir for 1 minute at high speed;
2. Add in water and butter, stir until smooth;

Biscuit Crust:
1. Combine the butter, sugar and salt and stir evenly;
2. Add in milk by several times;
3. Blend in plain flour and chopped pistachios, stir evenly;
4. Spread the batter on baking sheet, then bake in oven for 20 minutes, upper element 200℃, lower element 150℃

1. Ground 50g biscuit into crumbs, melt the butter and blend into the crumb, stir well;
2. Blend the cream cheese and sugar, heat until becoming smooth;
3. Add in sugar and stir well;
4. Add in egg and stir well;
5. Add in pistachio paste and blend well;
6. Add in whipping cream and blend well;
7. Put the batter into 6 inch mold;
8. Baking: water bath, upper element 180℃, lower element 100℃, bake for 60 minutes;
9. Cool it down for serving.

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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!