Pistachio cake with apricots - Dolce al pistacchio con albicocche - Kolač od pistacija s marelicama

Sometimes I feel blocked inside and I can't find the words to express myself. It take days, or even weeks before the right moment arrives and I decide to fill the blank paper in front of me. I would need another me, more strong and daring to tell all those feelings that are captured inside of me. Instead, I continue taking pictures, baking, inventing recipes and experimenting...trying to imagine in advance new and even bizzare combinations of flavours and perfumes. The beauty of creativity gives me so much good vibes and even if I dissapear from the world for some time I'm usually back with new interesting experience. This life is so fast and I have already spent my best years in this world. This life sometime offers happiness, you only need to discover it. It happens each day. Happiness simply happens! Go ahead and search for it in any possible way and in every moment.
Sometime I miss my old memories, I miss people and events that made me as I am today. My birthplace is faraway from where I live now and every time I go back home I feel some kind of unrest, because eventually I will have to leave again and go back where I now belong. I have two homes, I have two families, all is duplex in my life. Although I like both places and I feel at home in both countries, I always miss something. That strange sense of not belonging to no place is my faithful fellow since many years. All I have left behind in my homeland is no more familiar to me, all I have in my new country is still unknown to me.
It's like discovering new flavours, but if you don't taste them, you will never know how good and inspiring they are.
Today I have some unwritten recipes and some new pictures and all those things can't be put aside for long time. But in last days I had an urgent idea to be transformed into this cake and some old recipes have to wait patiently another perfect moment to be discovered.


80 gr butter at room temperature
130 gr brown cane sugar
2 eggs
1 pinch of salt
160 gr all purpose flour
50 gr finely chopped pistachios
20-30 roughly chopped pistachios
1/2 baking powder (the quantity is indicated on the baking powder)
1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
3 apricots cut in pieces
4 apricots cut in half

Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Coat the baking pan with parchment (or butter and flour the mold).
Combine all dry ingredients: flour, chopped pistachios, salt and baking powder and set aside.
Mix the softened butter with the sugar and vanilla sugar. When the mixture becomes creamy add eggs one by one and work well with the whisk for about 5 minutes.
Gradually add into the mixture dry ingredients and continue working the batter with the mixer. Finally add into the batter roughly chopped pistachios too.
Pour a third of the batter into the baking pan to cover the bottom of the baking pan. Distribute one third of apricots cut into pieces over the batter. Add the rest of the apricots in remaining batter, mix well the pieces of fruit and the batter and pour the batter into the baking pan over the fruits. Distribute apricots cut in half on the surface and bake at 180 ° C for 1 hour. Baking time depends on the oven, after 45 minutes check the cake with the wooden stick. If it comes out clean the cake is ready, otherwise continue baking for another 15 minutes.
Leave the cake to cool in the baking pan.


80 gr burro ammorbidito
130 gr di zucchero di canna
2 uova
1 pizzico di sale
160 gr di farina “00”
50 gr di pistacchi tritati finemente
20-30 pistacchi tagliati grossolanamente
1/2 bustina di lievito per dolci in polvere
1 cucchiaio raso di zucchero vanigliato
1/2 cucchiaio di maizena
3 albicocche tagliate a pezzetti
4 albicocche tagliate a metà

Preriscaldare il forno a 180°C.
Rivestire uno stampo per plumcake con la carta forno (oppure imburrare e infarinare lo stampo).
Unire tutti gli ingredienti asciutti: la farina, i pistacchi tritati, il sale e il lievito e mettere da parte.
Montare il burro ammorbidito con lo zucchero e lo zucchero vanigliato. Quando il composto diventa una crema aggiungere le uova uno alla volta e lavorare bene con le fruste per circa 5 minuti.
Aggiungere poco alla volta il composto di ingredienti asciutti continuando a lavorare l’impasto con le fruste. Infine incorporare all'impasto anche i pistacchi tagliati grossolanamente.
Mescolare le albicocche tagliate a pezzetti con la maizena.
Versare una terzo dell’impasto nello stampo e coprire il fondo dello stampo. Distribuire un terzo delle albicocche tagliate a pezzetti sull’impasto. Aggiungere il resto delle albicocche tagliate nell’impasto rimanente, mescolare bene i pezzi di frutta e l’impasto e versarle il rimanente impasto nello stampo sopra i pezzi di frutta. Distribuire sulla superficie le albicocche tagliate a metà e informare a 180°C per 1 ora. La durata della cottura dipende dal forno e trascorsi i primi 45 minuti bisogna controllare la cottura con uno stecchino di legno, se lo stecchino esce pulito il dolce è pronto, altrimenti procedere con la cottura per altri 15 minuti. Lasciare raffreddare il dolce nello stampo.


80 g maslaca sobne temperature
130 gr smeđeg šećera od trske
2 jaja
1 prstohvat soli
160 gr mekog brašna
50 gr sitno mljevenih pistacija
20-30 pistacija narezanih na komadiće
1/2 žličice praška za pecivo (upotrijebiti količinu prema uputstvu na vrećici)
1 velika žlica vanilij šećera
1/2 žalice kukuruznog škroba
3 marelice narezane na kockice
4 marelice prerezane na pola

Zagrijati pećnicu na 180°C.
Prekriti kalup za kolač masnim papirom za pečenje (ili kalup namazati maslacem i posuti brašnom).
Sjediniti sve suhe sastojke: brašno, sjeckane pistacije, sol i prašak za pecivo te staviti na stranu.
Mutiti mikserom omekšali maslac sa šećerom i vanilin šećerom. Kad smjesa postane fina krem ​​dodati jedno po jedno jaje i nastaviti mutiti mikserom oko 5 minuta.
Postepeno u smjesu dodavati suhe sastojke uz neprestano miksanje. Na kraju umutiti u smjesu i pistacije narezane na komadiće.
Izmiješati marelice narezane na kockice s kukuruznim škrobom.
Uliti trećinu tijesta u kalup da pokrije dno kalupa. Rasporediti trećinu marelica izrezanih na kockice po tijestu. Dodati ostatak marelica u preostalo tijesto, dobro izmiješati kockice voća i tijesto i izliti u kalup preko voća. Rasporedite po površini tijesta marelice izrezane na pola i peći na 180° C oko 1 sat. Vrijeme pečenja ovisi o pećnici i nakon prvih 45 minuta provjerite da li je kolač pečen tako da zabodete čačkalicu u kolač i ako čačkalica izađe čista kolač je pečen, u suprotnom nastaviti peći još 15 minuti.
Ostaviti da se kolač ohladi u kalupu.

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