Pistachio Nut Rolls
with Harvest Spice Icing
a pastry recipe
Kimberly, a self-taught baker and food photographer, discovered her passion for both through experimentation. She wants to inspire others to enjoy baking and show that creating delicious treats is possible with patience and creativity. Her food photography showcases the beauty and joy of baking, encouraging others to try it themselves.
Enjoy the comforting taste of Pistachio Nut Rolls featuring a perfect blend of spices. The soft dough encases a pistachio filling, and is topped with a sweet Harvest Spice icing, adding a touch of warmth. Every bite is a perfect balance of flavors and indulgence, making it a delightful experience.
TIME (ACTIVE) | 45 M
TIME (INACTIVE) | 2 H
TOTAL | 2 H 45 M
| 1 roll
9 IN BAKING PAN
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk flour, sugar, yeast, and salt thoroughly to combine. Add the warm milk, and using the dough hook attachment, knead the mixture until a shaggy dough forms. Add the softened butter and continue kneading until a smooth, soft dough forms, approximately 10 minutes.
- Form the dough into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or a lid and let rise until nearly doubled in size, about 1.5 - 2 hours.
- While the dough rises make the filling.
- Place the pistachios into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until most of the pistachios are finely ground. Small pieces are ok.
- Place pistachio flour into a medium size bowl and add the remaining filling ingredients. Set aside.
- Once the dough has risen, gently deflate and place on a lightly oiled surface. Roll the dough into a 12"x14" rectangle. Evenly spread the filling over the dough leaving a 1/2" strip, on one long side, without filling.
- Starting on the long end with filling, roll the dough into a log. Using a sharp knife or wax-free dental floss, slice the dough into 9 even pieces. Place rolls into a lightly buttered 9" round or square baking pan, filling side up. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until puffy, about 30 minutes. 15 minutes before the dough is ready to bake, preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Bake the rolls for 15-18 minutes, until they're golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before icing.
- In a small bowl, mix the Harvest Spice blend and hot water to form a runny paste.
- In a medium size bowl, place the remaining icing ingredients, along with the spice paste, and mix until completely combined. Start with 1 tbsp of milk and add additional milk until the desired consistency is achieved.
- Spread over the slightly warm rolls and serve immediately.
Expiry: The rolls can be stored, without icing, well wrapped at room temperature for up to 5 days, or up to 3 months in the freezer.
The pistachios in the filling can be replaced with your favorite nuts, like pecans, almonds, or hazelnuts.
The icing can be stored in the refrigerator, with plastic wrap touching the top of the icing. When you're ready to serve the rolls, cover with foil and rewarm in the oven, then spread the icing over the warm rolls. The warmth from the rolls will soften the cold icing.
Sweet + Savory Blend
spice blend collab
When creating this spice blend, I was inspired by my childhood growing up in a West Indian household, which is why it’s named Harvest Spice; for the cozy feeling of home and nostalgia the aroma of this blend invokes. The spices I used for this blend were all part of the dishes we enjoyed, especially during the holidays when the sweet scent of cinnamon, warm clove, citrusy cardamom, aromatic nutmeg, and peppery allspice permeated the air. I wanted this blend to pull double duty in the kitchen, so I added earthy coriander and the subdued bite of white pepper to bridge the gap between sweet and savory.
This incredibly versatile spice blend has limitless uses:
Breakfast recipes such as French toast or baked oatmealBaked goods such as pies, cakes, and cookiesMeat and poultry dishes, like Moroccan-inspired stews
Add Harvest Spice to dry ingredients for sweet treats, then follow the recipe as instructed.When preparing your savory dishes, add the spices after the aromatics have softened and sautee briefly to avoid burning. This method allows the flavors to bloom and be efficiently distributed throughout the dish.