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Pistachio flavor - do I like it fake or just intense??

jen223 | Apr 11, 201312:43 PM     47

I'd like to make a pistachio cake/cupcake/muffin/dessert. But here is my predicament.

My absolute favorite ice cream growing up was pistachio. I also like pistachio nuts themselves but am not crazy about them. What I realized is that I actually love pistachio ice cream but not necessarily with the actual pistachios! Well I don't mind a few pieces in there for crunch/texture, but I prefer the flavor of the ice cream surrounding the pistacho pieces than the pieces themselves.

Now, I've had some pistachio ice creams at fancy places in NYC that I just didn't love. And I've realized that these ice creams tended to NOT be very green. Whereas I picked up a pint of Wegman's pistachio ice cream yesterday, and it's green and delicious!

Does this mean I like some fake green mutant flavor of pistachio? Or is this the true pistachio flavor, just amped up?

And finally, either way, how do I get this flavor into baked goods? And any good recipes? The only thing I can think of and have seen is Jello pudding mix. I basically want to taste the green ice cream base in a cake/muffin! Have been thinking over a year about making David Lebovitz's almond cake but with my fake/intense pistachio flavoring... but the pistachio "paste" I found doesn't remind me of the flavor I'm looking for!

Thanks!

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