Pistachio Chocolate Torte

8-10 servings.

2 tablespoons Strong coffee
6 ounces Semi-sweet chocolate
6 tablespoons Butter or margarine
3 Eggs
2/3 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Flour
1/2 cup Chopped, natural American pistachios

Chocolate Glaze: Combine 3 tablespoons light corn syrup and 1 tablespoon butter or margarine. Bring to boil over medium-low heat; simmer 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in 2 ounces chopped semi-sweet chocolate, 1 tablespoon coffee or water and 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon.


Combine coffee, chocolate and butter over low heat until melted; cool. Beat eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt 10 minutes on medium-high speed; gradually blend in cooled chocolate mixture. Combine flour and chopped pistachios. Carefully fold into chocolate batter. Spread in greased and cocoa or flour-dusted 9-inch round cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees F., for about 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; turn out and cool completely on wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar or spread top and sides with Chocolate Glaze and sprinkle with remaining coarsely chopped pistachios. Chill.

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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!