Pistachio Truffle Pie

10 to 12 servings.

1/2 cup Light corn syrup
1 package Semi-sweet chocolate morsels
2 teaspoons Instant coffee
3 Egg yolks, beaten
2 cups Heavy cream, divided
Pistachio Crumb Crust (recipe follows)
1 tablespoon Granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
1 1/4 cups Chopped, natural American pistachios, divided

Pistachio Crumb Crust: Combine 3/4 cup vanilla wafer crumbs, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/4 cup each chopped pistachios and melted butter and 2 tablespoons cocoa. Press into 9-inch pie plate. Bake at 375°F. 7 to 9 minutes. Cool.


Combine corn syrup, chocolate morsels and instant coffee over low heat; stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Cool. Stir in egg yolks; mix thoroughly. Whip 1-1/2 cups cream until soft peaks form; gradually fold cream and 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pistachios into chocolate mixture. Spoon into Pistachios Crumb Crust. Chill at least 2 hours. Whip remaining cream, sugar and vanilla; use to garnish top, along with chocolate curls and remaining 1/2 cup pistachios.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!