Flickering Lights Sesame Seed Cake

8 servings.

1/3 cup Sesame seeds
1/3 cup Butter or margarine, softened
1 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
2 teaspoons Vanilla
2 cups Flour
2 1/2 teaspoons Baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Milk
3/4 cup Whole shelled, natural American pistachios, chopped
Sweetened whipped cream
Slivered dried apricots


Toast seeds in skillet until light golden and fragrant. Cool. Cream butter with sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Mix flour with baking powder, salt and sesame seeds. Mix into creamed mixture alternately with milk. Fold in 1/2 cup pistachios. Turn into greased and floured 9-inch round layer cake pan. Bake at 375°F. for 40 minutes or until a pick inserted into center comes out dry. Cool 15 minutes then invert onto wire rack to cool. Decorate with whipped cream, slivered apricots and remaining 1/4 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!