Thursday, November 13, 2008

Pine Nuts, Pignoli, Pinon

"I used to be able to name every nut that there was. And it used to drive my mother crazy, because she used to say, "Harlan Pepper, if you don't stop naming nuts," and the joke was that we lived in Pine Nut, and I think that's what put it in my mind at that point. So she would hear me in the other room, and she'd just start yelling. I'd say, "Peanut. Hazelnut. Cashew nut. Macadamia nut." That was the one that would send her into going crazy. She'd say, "Would you stop naming nuts!" And Hubert used to be able to make the sound, he couldn't talk, but he'd go "rrrawr rrawr" and that sounded like Macadamia nut. Pine nut, which is a nut, but it's also the name of a town. Pistachio nut. Red pistachio nut. Natural, all natural white pistachio nut." Harlan Pepper, Best in Show.

Best in Show is a great movie and that is a fitting quote for this post. My husband loves all types of nuts. Just the other night he told me, as we were eating pesto pasta with pine nuts and chicken, that pine nuts were his favorite. I had a bag of them so I decided to try a few dessert recipes.

I know that pine nuts are very popular in Italian dishes so I searched for an Italian cake and found a great one on The ingredients were simple and it was easy to make and smelled incredible! I'm not a fan of pine nuts but wanted to eat the entire cake after I took it out of the oven.

Another recipe was for pine nut tarts, flavored with honey, brown sugar and vanilla. I bought fresh wildflower honey from the farmers market and was excited to use that in these tarts. These were so fragrant and lovely. Tartelette posted the original recipe for these Pine Nut Tartelettes.

A few things about Pine Nuts:
  • Pine nuts are the edible seeds of pines
  • Contain between 10-34% protein
  • Source of dietary fiber

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