The name of this cake made me think that it was peach flavored; impeachment frosting. However, it is all pistachio. I think the only thing that makes this tie into the Watergate Scandal is that pistachio flavor was apparently big in the 70’s. So there you have it. I still have a hard time reading impeachment without thinking it is a peach-flavored frosting, which by the way I don’t think would taste very good with pistachio.
I have a lot to comment on this cake.
For one, pistachios; to find unsalted pistachios is very difficult, and when I DID find them, they were about $8 for 7 oz in the shell. I needed 7 unshelled unsalted pistachios so I had to buy two bags. That’s $16 for ONE ingredient, about $1.99 per ounce, shelled. Crazy. If I had ordered them on amazon I would’ve found not only unsalted but RAW and shelled pistachios which I think would have been better (and a lot cheaper at $0.84 per ounce), but I didn’t have time to wait for a shipped ingredient.
Secondly, food processors; the flaw in my food processor is certainly not the fault of the recipe, but to make this cake it would have been best if I had had a very good quality food processor, and I don’t. The one I have came with my blender, which is also not great, and both have broken parts.
Thirdly, caramelizing: the recipe says to caramelize some of the pistachios and gives very good directions and helpful tips. I have made caramel from this book at least twice with no problems at all and this time I went against my instincts and it was my downfall. When a recipe says “a very light amber color” in regards to making caramel, it means barely not white with a slight tinge of yellow. I waited too long to add the pistachios and it ended up candying them rather than caramelizing them. The sugar crystalized big time and it was a big mess.
Fourthly, ah well; the faults of my experience with this cake (aside from the cost of the pistachios) ended up working out anyway. It wasn’t perfect, but they cake still tasted great so it wasn’t a disappointment in the end, which made me very happy considering how much $$ I had put into it. It had darned well better turn out good at that price.
Despite all of my issues while making this cake it turned out deliciously. I really really liked this one. It didn’t have a strong nutty taste, but was creamy and light with just a lovely taste. Next time I will: be much wiser with my pudding, hopefully have a better food processor, buy unsalted pistachios online, and remember to trust my instincts with caramel. 🙂
Here’s a little baby George for you, enjoy 🙂