Three Wheat Batter Bread

1 large or 2 small loaves.

1 package Active dry yeast
1/2 cup Warm water (about 110ºF)
1/8 teaspoon Ground ginger
3 tablespoons Honey
1 can Evaporated milk
1 teaspoon Salt
2 tablespoons Salad oil
2 1/2 cups All-purpose flour, unsifted
1 1/4 cups Whole wheat flour, unsifted
1/2 cup Wheat germ
1/4 cup Cracked wheat
1 cup Coarsely chopped, natural American pistachios


In a large bowl, combine yeast, water, ginger, and 1 tablespoon of the honey; let stand in a warm place until bubbly (about 20 minutes). Stir in remaining honey, milk, salt, and oil. Stir together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, wheat germ, pistachios and cracked wheat; add to liquid ingredients, 1 cup at a time, beating after each addition until well blended.
Spoon batter evenly into a well-greased 2-pound coffee can or into 2 well-greased 1-pound coffee cans; cover with greased plastic lids. Freeze if you wish.
Let rise in a warm place until lids pop off (about 55 to 60 minutes for 1-pound cans, 1 to 1 1/2 hours for 2-pound cans).
Bake uncovered in a 350º F. oven for about 45 minutes for 1-pound cans, about 60 minutes for 2-pound can, or until bread sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool in cans on racks for 10 minutes; then loosen crust around edge of can with a thin knife, slide bread from can and let cool in an upright position on rack.

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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!