Nuss Schlagsahne

Muss Schlagsahne (nooss schlahg-ch-sahn-neh), a mixture of nuts and cream, makes a lovely dessert. Serve with fresh fruit, or biscuits .

4-6 SERVINGS

2 oz. walnuts

2 oz. pistachio nuts

2 oz. cup blanched almonds

2 teaspoons arrowroot dissolved in

1 tablespoon milk

10 fl. oz. single cream

2 egg yolks

4 oz. castor sugar

1 tablespoon orange-flavoured liqueur

10 fl. oz. double cream

1 teaspoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons finely ground pistachio nuts

Using a blender or pestle and mortar, blend or pound the walnuts, pistachio nuts and almonds together until they are coarsely ground. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the dissolved arrowroot with the single cream. Set aside.

Place the egg yolks and sugar in a medium-sized heatproof mixing bowl set over a pan of hot water. Set the pan over low heat and, using a wire whisk or rotary beater, beat the mixture until it is pale and thick enough to make a ribbon trail on itself when the whisk is lifted.

Remove the pan from the heat and the bowl from the pan.

Using a wooden spoon, stir the egg mixture into the cream mixture. Stir in the liqueur and the ground nuts. Set aside to cool slightly.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat the double cream and lemon juice together with the wire whisk or rotary beater until the mixture is thick but not stiff. With a metal spoon, fold the cream into the nut mixture.

Spoon the mixture into a 2-pint serving dish or into individual dishes. Sprinkle the top with the ground pistachio nuts.

Place the dish or dishes in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

Nut

Nut is the name given to any seed or fruit consisting of a soft, usually edible, kernel surrounded by a hard, woody shell.

The nut is a valuable source of protein and fat, and because of this it has constituted an important part of man’s diet almost since the beginning of time.

Western vegetarians often use nuts as a substitute for meat, and in some parts of the world, nuts (GROUNDNUTS and COCONUTS for example) form a staple part of the diet of the people.

Nuts such as ALMONDS, BRAZIL NUTS, , , , and WALNUTS are called dessert nuts and are used extensively in desserts and cakes and, increasingly, as flavourings in stews and meat stuffings.

Almonds, walnuts, peanuts and cashews may also be salted, spiced or devilled and served as appetizers.

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