I can’t believe the accolades I’ve received for the Sour Cherry & Almond Upside-Down Cake recipe video from The Artful Baker! I’m thrilled to hear that you liked it so much and very excited to share the second video. This one is for Pistachio and Matcha Sablés, cookies I gifted to my baking hero, Nick Malgieri, the first time I met him in İstanbul.
One look at the photo below and you’d think I’d baked intergalactic cookies to welcome guests from hundreds of light years away and arranged them in a bowl straight from The Jetsons, just so that they’d feel right at home.
That was not my intention, but now that I think about it, if you had told me that aliens were sending representatives to all the countries of the world and asked me to come up with a cookie that represents Turkey, this is exactly what I would have baked. It is a cookie version of one of Turkey’s delicacies, fıstık ezmesi (“pistachio paste”). That said, it has an ingredient that is alien to the world of Turkish desserts: matcha—powdered green tea made from leaves that have been shade grown, deveined, destemmed, and stone milled.