The Little Red Hen Rolled Up Her Sleeves
After Ramadan, reverting to being “gourmande”, this believer was hungry for a croûte à thé.* The pastry shop that makes good ones was closed. Thinking something else with almonds might be found at the kebab shop, she asked but was informed there is not enough demand to warrant making oriental pastries in this area. At the supermarket she saw some packages of ready-made pastries but considered them to be inedible as they contained margarine and glucose. Remembering there are powdered almonds in the armoire, she picked up a package of pistachios and some butter, just in case. A quick look at recipes on the Internet et voilà!
*Croûte à thé literally means a tea crust . It is made with almonds, sugar and egg whites over a crust, either regular pie crust (pâte brisée) or cookie dough pie crust (pâte sablée). I chose to make the pâte sablée using the yolks left from the nut mixture. Some use green colouring, I prefer to use part pistachios. By a play on words, it becomes croûte athée which is atheist crust.