Pistachio Spelt Sablés with Rose Pepper Berries

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The Chinese New Year for 2014 is on Friday, January 31st and marks the start of the Year of the Horse. So I would like to wish all of my supportive readers who are celebrating Chinese Spring Festival, have an enriching and pleasant Chinese New Year and may this new year of the HORSE lead you to the path of peace, happiness and good fortune!
If you were born in the Year of the Horse (1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, and 2014), 2014 is your "běn mìng nián-本命年". According to Chinese tradition, one should wear a red pullover, or red gloves, or red socks, anything red. Because "běn mìng nián-本命年" is also called a threshold year which it is believed is hard to get through. Chinese people believe that RED is a lucky colour, which can help people get through challenges and rid themselves of any misfortunes coming from their "běn mìng nián-本命年".

Pistachio Spelt Sablés with Rose Pepper Berries

These sablés, adapted slightly from Küchen Götter, are a traditional French shortbread with a crumbly texture with white spelt, chopped pistachios and rose pepper berries. Coconut oil can be replaced with butter.

  • 200 g Refined white spelt flour
  • 0,3 g Steviosid / pure stevia extract powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 tbsp Finely grated lemon zest
  • 100 g Coconut oil
  • 1 Egg white, lightly beaten
  • 55 g Pistachios, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp Rose pepper berries
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add in flour, stevia extract powder, salt and lemon zest. Whisk to combine. Add in coconut oil, rub the ingredients just to combine, then mix in egg white. Fold in chopped pistachios, then press the mixture against the side of the bowl to bring it together.
  2. Now transfer the dough to a board and knead lightly, then roll into an 9”-long log about 1½” in diameter, pushing dough together if it feels crumbly. Wrap tightly and chill in the freezer for 30 minutes or until firm.
  3. Preheat the oven to 160C/320F, fan forced. Remove the cookie log from the freezer and roll with rose pepper berries, then gently press with your fingers to help the berries adhere.
  4. Cut the log into ¼”-thick rounds and transfer to 2 parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing ½” apart. Bake for 12 minutes, rotating baking sheets halfway through, until set around edges and centers look dry, 12 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and let cool.

http://schneiderchen.de | © 2014 | http://angiesrecipes.blogspot.com

http://schneiderchen.de | © 2014 | http://angiesrecipes.blogspot.com


Medeja 30/1/14 05:44

These sables are so cute! And with RED :) Happy Chinese New Year! :)

Veena Theagarajan 30/1/14 06:01

looks too good.. cannot resist

Beena.stephy 30/1/14 06:24

Yummy sables ... mouth watering

my kitchen stories 30/1/14 07:36

This is one of my favourite combinations of flavours. Pink pepper corns and sable. Very apt for Chinese New Year Angie !

GG 30/1/14 08:32

These look so pretty and your photos are fab. Perfect for Chinese New Year. GG

Elzbieta Hester 30/1/14 08:33

They look beautiful, Angie! Very festive! :) ela

Rosa's Yummy Yums 30/1/14 08:42

Beautiful, perfect and really tempting! I love that flavor combination.



Ely 30/1/14 11:33

Really beautiful.. colours, flavours, all wonderful!! Congratulations!!

Joanne 30/1/14 12:47

I love the idea of a sweet/savory sable! The perfect bite!

thecompletecookbook 30/1/14 12:55

Happy Chinese New Year to you Angie and what a great use of pistachios - my hubby's favourite.
Have a happy day.
:-) Mandy xo

Nisa Homey 30/1/14 13:16

Love these, simply irresistible...

Nammi 30/1/14 13:35

love those bright coloured berries!!, first time seeing them!

Veronica Ng 30/1/14 13:52

Your sables look awesome. I love the vibrant colour of the berries. Perfect for the festive season. Happy horsey year!

Daniela Grimburg 30/1/14 15:42

They look so pretty and mouthwatering, would love to taste one right now.
Happy Chinese NewYear Angie!

Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today 30/1/14 16:08

So tempting, beautiful food is always screaming to make it :)

Fimère 30/1/14 16:14

j'aime beaucoup l'idée ça a l'air délicieux
bonne soirée

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert 30/1/14 16:50

These are beautiful and love the berries! Your photos are so beautiful Angie - always!

Elisabeth Pregadio 30/1/14 18:00

Happy Chinese New Year, dear friend!
Angie, I just love the pepper berry coating on this delicious savory biscuits. Love the crumbly texture of it, and the zesty lemony flavor with the pistachios! Beautiful photos...as always!

Hema 30/1/14 18:37

Happy New Year Angie, these sables look absolutely gorgeous, love the clicks..

Sam Hoffer @ My Carolina Kitchen 30/1/14 19:19

Your sables are gorgeous with the rose and light green. I wonder if you could freeze them. They would be very handy to have on hand.

Angie Schneider 30/1/14 20:35

@Sam Hoffer @ My Carolina Kitchen Yes, Sam, they can be prepared ahead and stored in the freezer for 2 months.

Gina Stanley 30/1/14 20:48

Happy Chinese New Year Angie! I have a cake in the oven right now, but I was thinking I was over due for cookies, lol. Pistachio, yum and those pepper berries, nice.

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com 30/1/14 21:30

You sure know how to combine the most exotic flavors! These sables are just divine :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 30/1/14 21:52

I like that you added some lucky red to your sables :) They look so delicious, Angie, and I'm a big fan of sable cookies.

Koko 30/1/14 21:59

The year of the horse! I was born in 1990! How neat! I hope it's not too much of a troubling year....I'm gonna deck myself out in red!!

These sables look very different to the ones I made in pastry school....I think they look much better! Especially with the use of stevia and coconut oil!

Jasna Varcakovic 30/1/14 22:01

Rose pepper berries make them look very special...

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies 31/1/14 01:50

These are almost too pretty to eat! But I will still gladly eat them. A lot of them! :)

Ashley 31/1/14 02:19

I love sables - they are such a weakness of mine! Love the sound of these - especially with the pistachios! (I can never get enough of their gorgeous color!)

Dawn Yucuis 31/1/14 04:31

These sound delicious. Although I have never heard of red pepper berries before. I wonder what kind of flavor they would have.

Joyti 31/1/14 04:45

Happy Chinese New Year! Are rose pepper berries similar to pink pepper? They sound really intriguing. The sables look delicious.

jehanne@thecookingdoctor 31/1/14 05:13

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy new year to u Angie, and these cookies are so inviting!

Angie Schneider 31/1/14 10:23

@JoytiYes, I think they are the same thing.

Lenia 31/1/14 10:31

They are absolutely adorable!
Stunning pics as always!
Kisses from Greece,dear!

Alida 31/1/14 12:10

Happy Chinese new year! And these are perfect to celebrate dear Angie. A very refined dish. They look very attractive too!

Barbara 31/1/14 13:04

Amazing looking sables, Angie! Love the idea of using rose pepper berries.

Munatycooking 31/1/14 13:25

Angie I can almost smell them! So gorgeous.Too bad I can't use stevia I hope using powdered sugar will give the same result.

Jeanette 31/1/14 14:20

Happy Year of the Horse Angie! I'm going to put on a red top now - thanks for the reminder. These cookies are so pretty with the rosa pepper berries!

eatgood4life.blogspot.com 31/1/14 18:09

Not kidding but you should truly write your own cooking book. Your recipes are super original and healthy. I know I would. Another recipe I am pinning to hopefully make soon :-)

Cheap Ethnic Eatz 31/1/14 19:47

Happy Chinese New Year! And these sables are perfect for celebration, they are so pretty and adorable, almost looks like candy.

Rosita Vargas 31/1/14 22:17

Delicioso sablès es irresistible con pistachos,abrazos.y saludos.

The Squishy Monster 31/1/14 23:10

Love how deliciously studded these are---fabulous, Angie!

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes 1/2/14 01:04

Perfect shortbread to celebrate Angie! So festive. And pistachios are a favorite, always!

tigerfish 1/2/14 03:48

That red from the pepper berries are so festive-looking :) Happy Lunar New Year to you.

Rebecca Subbiah 1/2/14 04:17

wow these cookies look so good ;-) happy new year

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 1/2/14 08:45

Loved reading your intro regarding the year of the Horse... I better start wearing red ;-) although... I think I'd rather be eating red, as in your delightful rosa pepper berries decorating these festive biscuits. Gorgeous combination of elements here.

afracooking 1/2/14 12:54

These are so stunningly beautiful! And I just love how you have integrated the red of the Chinese tradition into your French recipe from a German cookbook. Happy New Year to you too!

My Inner Chick 1/2/14 16:20

These little gems have a personality of their own.

interesting & pretty. Xx

Gloria Baker 1/2/14 16:57

love pistachios ! look wonderful Angie!

Gloria Baker 1/2/14 17:02

Happy chinese NewYears Angie!!
Im a horse:))

Cathleen 1/2/14 18:09

These look fantastic! I have got to get me some spelt flour!

Finla 1/2/14 18:21

Happy Chinese New year Angie and the cookie slook so festive and yummy.

Chris Scheuer 1/2/14 18:34

These are so pretty Angie. I've never used Rosa pepper berries, something new to me.

Kathy 1/2/14 20:05

So pretty and mouthwatering! I love sables…they are one of my favorites! Happy New year, Angie!

Magda 2/2/14 00:39

They are beautiful. I love red and green combination. I hope I will find pink peppercorns.

Monica 2/2/14 03:03

These sables are lovely, Angie. I love the splashes of red with the green!

Liz Berg 2/2/14 03:08

What beautiful sables! And I love the addition of pistachios :)

Reeni 2/2/14 03:21

These are so pretty with the pepper berries! I've never seen them here - I'd love to taste them. Bet they're perfect with a cup of tea!

dentistvschef 2/2/14 09:55

What a great recipe Angie,
Never heard or known that pink peppercorn can be added to a french short bread, good job!!!
geourgeous colorfull dish for CNY!!!

Mijú 2/2/14 15:12

Te han quedado fabulosos.
Un saludito

Roz Corieri Paige 2/2/14 16:45

Happy Chinese New Year to you too Angie. One of my Asian students let me know and so we went out and enjoyed a Chinese dinner. Since it is the Year of the Horse, and I love horses, I hope that this will be a lucky year for me! And now, where do you find "rose pepper berries' to make this beautiful recipe? They look so delicious!!! xo, Roz

Alex 2/2/14 23:14

So pretty. Irresistible, in fact.

Soni 2/2/14 23:15

Happy Chinese New Year to you! These cookies sound delicious!

Simi J 2/2/14 23:39

Looks Exotic, i love the color red and the cookies look irresistible with red pepper berries

The Yum List 3/2/14 00:58

My mouth is watering just looking at the pics.

sprinklesandsauce 4/2/14 04:42

these look so great! pistachio is my favorite nut!

mjskit 4/2/14 04:51

Happy Chinese New Year! Interesting information on the year of the horse. Thanks for sharing that as well as the recipe for this shortbread cookies. The finishing touch of rolling in rose pepper berries sounds quite interesting. Wonderfully little cookies!

Kelly 4/2/14 13:40

Happy Chinese New Year Angie! Pistachios are my favorite and love that you added them in here! I love sables and these are so pretty with the rose pepper berries - so festive and perfect for celebrating!

Erica 4/2/14 14:25

Those look wonderful,Angie!I love pistachios....Great flavors and textures!

Amelia 4/2/14 14:32

Hi Angie, Happy New Year to you, wishing you all the best in horse year.
This sables look addictive. Nice click!

Best regards.

Nippon Nin 4/2/14 19:56

Love, love your photos! I'm sure this is delicious.I'm going to find out very soon.

Raven Cauthon 4/2/14 21:07

Oh wow, this is so creative Angie! I love the colors! Colorful food is so inviting :-)

motherrimmy 7/2/14 04:13

As usual your pictures are mouthwatering. I love these sables - the pistachios take them over the top for me!

Ann Jones 8/2/14 03:10

I love the color of these! Pistachios are one of my favorite nuts!

Terra 8/2/14 15:53

I adore sable cookies! I love all the flavors you combined in your beautiful cookies! Gorgeous, Hugs, Terra

Choclette 9/2/14 15:21

And another biscuit I've still not made. The flavours you've used here sound very exciting.

Gina 10/2/14 03:10

Great flavor combination - and pistachios are my favorite !

Asmita 10/2/14 16:12

Loving these! Wish I could have some with my morning tea!

grace 10/2/14 18:39

what pretty cookies! this is one way to incorporate red into a treat that never would've crossed my mind!

Blog do Chocolate 11/2/14 11:22

Lovely, tempting and really nice colours have these beautiful cookies !


Shirley 19/2/14 05:52

Happy New Year, Angie! I just love pistachio sweets, and the red pepper berries make them gorgeous.

My Little Space 4/3/14 04:56

Btw, how was your CNY in Germany ? the rose pepper berries sounded really interesting. Have to check on it as well.


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