Sunday, 3 May 2015

Pistachio and Rose Biscuits~ sugar free



Pistachio and rose a match made in heaven. These delicious biscuits are not only pretty to look at they are totally sugar free. The sugar added to them is the Natvia sugar which is plant based and made from the stevia plant. Its 100 % natural with no artificial colours or flavorings, its low in carbs, tooth friendly and fructose free too with no bitter after taste.



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Pistachio and Rose Biscuits
Delicious pistachio biscuits with a lovely rose scented icing.
Ingredients:
  • 480g / 16oz Plain flour
  • 240g / 8oz Salted butter at room temperature
  • 240g / 8oz Natvia natural sugar
  • 90g / 3oz Pistachio
  • 1 level teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda
  • 60 ml Milk
  • For the icing:
  • 2-3 drops Pink food colouring
  • 90g /3 oz Natvia Icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Rose Essence
  • 1 -2 teaspoons water( as required)
Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C / 350 degrees F2.In the mixing bowl add the softened butter and natvia sugar and cream it together. Add the flour, bicarbonate of soda and the milk little at a time and form a dough. Cover and leave the dough to rest for 30 minutes.3.Thinly slice the pistachios and reserve a third for garnish.4. Add the remaining 2/3 of pistachio slices to the dough and knead them in.5. Dust some flour on the surface and roll out the biscuits to 5mm thickness. Cut out the biscuits to the desired shape and transfer them to baking trays.Repeat for all the dough.6.Bake the biscuits in the preheated oven for 10 -15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and transfer them to a wire rack to cool.7. In a bowl add the Natvia icing sugar, add the pink food colouring and the rose essence and a few drops of water to make a thick icing.8. Lay the biscuits on tray and drizzle some pink rose icing onto each biscuit, alternatively fill a piping bag with the rose icing and drizzle some lines of icing on the biscuits. In the center garnish with a few pistachio slices.9.Leave the icing to set before eating.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 48 biscuits





I was sent samples on the Natvia sugars to try , all the views and opinions in this post are my own. I found that the baking sugar was really good and worked well in the recipe, however the icing sugar formed a very grainy icing and it was difficult to pipe with it so I don't think it would be suitable for a big icing project although it was ok for small cookies and icing cupcakes. We also tried the sugar in tea, coffee and cereal, the sugars tasted fine and we did not get any after tastes so they are a perfect substitution for recipes that require sugar.We will definitely make the change to this healthy sugar.






I also made a peach Frappe and used natvia sugar to sweeten it you can see the recipe here.


36 comments:

  1. Not heard of Natvia sugars before but will definitely be taking a look. I'm trying to reduce the sugar in all our diets, and especially the kids. Sugar is everywhere!

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  2. Oh my goodness this sounds and looks absolutely delicious! Will definitely give it a shot next weekend :)


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  3. These look every so pretty. I had a rose water creme brûlée in a restaurant once, it was divine. I bet these taste great. I tried Natvia recently and I was impressed.

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  4. Oh my, these sound amazing. I adore pistachios a lot!

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  5. ooohh this sounds yummy. Never heard of Natvia sugars before

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  6. What pretty looking biscuits. I've not heard of Natvia sugar before.

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  7. Wow, these sound absolutely delicious- I've never had the confidence to use rose water when baking, but might just try this recipe as a first try!

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  8. They look delicious and so beautifully presented.

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  9. They look lovely and full of spring flavours and not sugar - how great!

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  10. What a great combo of flavours and guilt free / sugar free recipe ;)

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  11. Oh yum what some delicious looking biscuits - I love they are sugar free! x

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  12. HOW beautiful are those Nayna! I absolutely love them! Karen

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  13. I'm not a fan of rose flavoured things, but I do love pistachios!

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  14. They are very pretty and great for people who are avoiding sugar.

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  15. they look so pretty. not two flavours I would normally choose but think I might give tem a try.

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  16. they look very pretty, not flavours I would normally choose but now I am intrigued.

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  17. I've never cooked with rose essence before.. these cookies look like great fun though - thanks for the idea!

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  18. I have seen lots of things with rose in them, not tried anything yet though as not sure if it appeals. These do look nice though

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  19. cookies look so good. I've tasted stevia and didn't like it... wondering if natvia would taste a little different.

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  20. I am really in to pistachios at the moment, but I have never tried baking with them. I am going to have to give that a go.

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  22. These look so pretty Nayna and they sound delicious too. Anything with pistachios and rose in has to bet a big tick from me. I've been sent the sugars too, but haven't tried them yet.

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  23. The cookies look great. Rose and pistachio is a brilliant combination.

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  24. Wow this sounds right up my street, I love pistachios! xx

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  25. oh wow that sounds delicious! i would have have thought to put them together but i bet they are lush

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  26. They sound utterly delicious - and such pretty photos too!

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  27. These are so pretty, love the colours!

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  28. OOOH how pretty I ned these biscuits

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  29. Pistachio and rose water is a combo I really love so I am all over these biscuits.

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  30. These look so pretty :) ive never tried these flavours. Kaz x

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  31. I have not heard of Natvia sugar before, I will have to check it out now. These sound delicious!

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  32. Great stuff. Like the sugar-free aspect.

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  33. You are introducing us to some lovely new ingredients on your blog. I've never heard of Natvia sugar. Shall look out for it. These biscuits look scrumptious x

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  34. These sound so good. love pistachio so a big hit

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  35. Definitely one to save for my afternoon tea recipe book thank you for sharing x x

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