Everyone knows that a pregnant woman must give up many things—unpasteurized cheeses, smoked salmon, wine—but when Maggy’s midwife suggested she give up sugar, it was a big jolt. Her midwife’s reasoning was sound. Lots of sugar would mean a heavier baby, which would result in a more difficult delivery.
Up to now Maggy had done such a good job of living without so many of the things she dearly loved. The afternoon sweet had become her only treat. For the sake of her baby and the hopes of an easy delivery, Maggy listened. For nearly her entire pregnancy, she refrained from all forms of sugar.
- 1¼ cups each: all purpose flour and fine cornmeal
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
- 2 large eggs
- 1½ cups pistachios, ground finely in a food processor
- 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, ground finely in a food processor