Just quietly, this easy dessert has had numerous variations and many moments of kicking my butt before I got to the beautiful creation you see here now – my Pistachio Rose Panna Cotta Tart.
It started as rose water mousse with a pistachio cookie, in a glass. Next it was a rose water panna cotta in a glass with a pistachio cookie. That morphed into a tart with a cookie base and a panna cotta top. Each of these variations were failures for different reasons but I stuck with it because I knew this could be amazing. And it is.
Pistachio Rose Panna Cotta Tart, with it’s pistachio tart crust, rose panna cotta filling and rose jelly topping is a beautiful tart just perfect for a special occasion.
For the pistachio tart shell
  • 100 g (3.5oz) pistachios
  • 1 1/4 cups (163g / 6oz) plain (AP) flour
  • 1/3 cup icing (confectioners / powdered) sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 113 g (1 stick / 1/2 cup) unsalted butter, chilled, cut into cubes
  • 1 - 1.5 tablespoons (20-30ml) ice water
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
For the Panna Cotta
  • 1 cup (250ml) whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons powdered gelatine
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar (notes)
  • 1 cup (250ml) cream
  • 1 teaspoon rose extract
  • pinch of salt
For the rose jelly
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (notes)
  • Handful of raspberries
  • 1 teaspoon powdered gelatine
  • 1/2 teaspoon rose extract
  • 1/4 cup pistachios (finely chopped)
  • Dried rose petals
For the tart shell
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / 160C fan forced. Line the base of a round tart tin with baking paper.
  2. Blitz the pistachios in a blender or food processor until very fine (the largest pieces should be only 1mm round)
  3. Add the flour, sugar and salt to the food processor and blitz until well combined.
  4. Add the butter and blitz for only 5-10 seconds until the mixture is like large breadcrumbs.
  5. Slowly drizzle in the water while the processor is running on low and stop as soon as it starts forming large clumps.
  6. Press the dough out over the base of the prepared tart tin with your hands until it’s about 3-4mm thick. Use a knife to trim the excess from around the edge. Use a fork to prick holes all over the base of the tart shell.
  7. Lay a sheet of baking paper over the tart shell and fill with baking weights (or rice, lentils or similar dried grain).
  8. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the baking paper and weights then return to the oven for another 10 minutes or until starting to turn golden on the edges.
  9. While the tart shell is still hot, brush it with the beaten egg white and return to the oven for 1 minute. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes while you make the Panna Cotta.
For the rose Panna Cotta
  1. Pour the cold milk into a saucepan and sprinkle the gelatine over the top. Allow it to "bloom" for 5 minutes (it should look a bit wrinkly by the end). Turn the heat on low under the milk and stir for a minute or two until the gelatine has dissolved.
  2. Add the sugar and stir again until dissolved. This should only take another minute or two. Don't let the milk get too hot or to come to a simmer. It should only be just warm.
  3. Take the saucepan off the heat. Pour in the cream, rose water and salt and mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Pour carefully into your tart shell, then transfer immediately to the fridge for a hot 2 hours.
For the Rose Jelly
  1. Place the water and sugar into a saucepan and sprinkle over the gelatine. Allow it to sit for a couple of minutes.
  2. Heat over low heat and stir until the sugar and gelatine has dissolved. Add the raspberries and rose water and stir, pressing down on the raspberries until the liquid is pink.
  3. Pour the liquid through a strainer into a small jug and allow to cool to room temperature before gently pouring over the top of the set Panna Cotta.
  4. Return to the fridge and allow to set for an hour before serving.
Recipe Notes
I use a standard Australian 20ml tablespoon (4 teaspooons worldwide)
For best results you should always weigh ingredients like flour and sugar. Kitchen scales are relatively cheap but if you can’t weigh the ingredients, use the spoon and level method (don’t scoop).


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