by James Martin

Try James Martin's coffee cake with a difference: flavoured with aromatic cardamom and served with a delicious pistachio cream.

Cakes and baking

Buyer's guide

Unblemished, large, plump, dark-green nuts are the best quality. Buy them from a reliable shop with a high turnover to ensure that they are not rancid or artificially dyed.


Store pistachios in an airtight container in the refrigerator to keep them fresh for several months.


Pistachios can be briefly dipped in boiling water before cooking to remove their skin and reveal their bright colour before use. Roasted and salted nuts are used as a snack with alcoholic drinks. Plain, unsalted pistachios are widely used in Middle Eastern, Indian and Italian dishes such as pilafs, pâtés, charcuterie, poultry sauces, stuffings, cakes, ice creams, pastries, puddings and confectionery.