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Pistachio and limoncello cake

Written by Veronica Lavenia

Pistachio and limoncello cake is a delicious gluten free treat.

This is one of the dessert cakes that my mother always prepared when I was a child. She has always replaced the white sugar with raw honey. My version with coconut sugar is just as satisfying and gives an even more distinctive flavour.

Limoncello is one of the the key to this gluten free pistachio and limoncello cake. It is a sweet liqueur, made by the maceration in ethyl alcohol of lemon peel. The best known is the limoncello from the Amalfi Coast. I used Sicilian limoncello.

Organic, unrefined ingredients, as always, make a difference. You can enjoy Pistachio and limoncello at every time of the day, perfect, of course, especially as a dessert or for tea time.

Pistachio and Limoncello cake: Ingredients

Serves 8/10

200 g pistachios

100 g toasted hazelnuts

80 g raw coconut sugar

zest of 1 lemon

2 carrots, chopped

1 organic free range egg

pinch of sea salt                      

1 tsp organic vanilla bourbon powder

100 g brown rice flour, sifted

15 g organic baking powder

200 g high-quality white chocolate

1 tbsp limoncello

Pistachio and Limoncello cake: Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4).
  2. Line a 35 cm round baking tin with baking paper. Process the pistachios in a food processor with the hazelnuts, coconut sugar and lemon zest. Pour into a bowl.
  3. Blend the carrots with the eggs salt and vanilla. Add this mixture to the pistachio and hazelnut flours. Combine the brown rice flour, baking powder and mix well with each other all the ingredients.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler.
  5. Remove from the heat and add the tablespoon limoncello.
  6. Once the cake has cooled, decorate with the melted chocolate. Leave to rest at room temperature for 10–15 minutes before serving.

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About the author

Veronica Lavenia

PhD (former University academic).
Italian based writer and magazine contributor.
Authors of six books (five cookbooks), some of her works have appeared in the most popular International food magazine, as "Vegetarian Living"; "Veggie Magazine"; "Lifestyle FOOD"; "Australian Good Food & Travel Guide; "Chickpea"; "Gluten free Heaven";" TML", among others.
Food Connoisseur.
EVOO Communicator.
Founder of #evoostories and #storiedievo at @veronicalavenia_
Founder of the EVOO Column at "The Wolf Post".
Translator at "The Wolf Post".