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Strawberry Pistachio Towers Recipe

I once received a standing ovation for this impressive and unique dessert that features layers of tender pistachio wafers, luscious whipped cream and fresh berries. I'm certain you'll receive the same response. —Jeannette Sabo, Lexington Park, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup ground pistachios
  • FILLING:
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3-1/4 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • Confectioners' sugar and chopped pistachios

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla until smooth. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to egg mixture and mix well. Fold in ground pistachios.
  • 2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 4 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Spread into 3-in. circles. Bake at 325° for 7-9 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Split vanilla bean and scrape seeds into bowl. Add sugar; beat until soft peaks form.
  • 4. On each of 12 serving plates, layer one wafer, a dollop of whipped cream and three strawberry slices. Repeat layers. Top with remaining wafers; dust with confectioners' sugar. Arrange remaining strawberries over tops. Garnish with chopped pistachios; serve immediately. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (calculated without confectioners' sugar and chopped pistachios) equals 242 calories, 18 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 82 mg cholesterol, 120 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.