Do you have a favorite nut? Are you an almond admirer or a pecan freak or are walnuts your thing? For me as much as I love almonds, pecans and walnuts (cashews are good on their own but don’t like them in desserts) I really have a thing for pistachios. It is weird really because most of my life I absolutely despised those hard white shells and wrinkly green little nutmeats. But then something changed and I discovered that I really liked pistachios. Who knew! Now I can’t get enough of them, especially in dessert form. Pistachio cakes, crushed pistachios garnished on frostings, when I see a glimmer of green pistachio flecks my heart flutters with excitement. That brings me to a pistachio lovers haven – Intelligentsia coffee. Intelligentsia offers an array of sweet treats daily to accompany their coffee selection and they have two truly incredible pistachio delights: pistachio teacakes and pistachio éclairs.
The teacakes are buttery and rich dense cake that is studded with crushed pistachios. They seem to be soaked in a lemon simple syrup too and are bursting with bright spring flavors.
The pistachio éclairs are a thing of beauty. The éclair shell is perfect, tender yet firm, housing a delicate pistachio cream filling. The sweet icing on top is coated with finely crushed pistachios as well. This éclairs is on of my favorite pistachio desserts around!
If you have a hankering for something nutty, bright and sweet Intelligentsia is the place to quell your pistachio cravings!