Pistachio Cinnamon Swirl Bread

10 servings.

12 ounces American pistachios, finely chopped
2 Cakes compressed yeast
1/3 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Warm water
1 1/2 cups Warm milk
2 Large eggs
1 1/2 tablespoons Salt
2 ounces Sweet butter, softened
4 to 5 1/2 cups All purpose flour

Swirl Mixture:
3 ounces Sweet butter, softened
2 tablespoons Ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoons Allspice
1/4 teaspoons Cloves
4 teaspoons Light brown sugar


In large mixing bowl, combine flour, pistachios, sugar, yeast and warm water on low speed using dough hook attachment. Add warm milk, eggs, butter, then salt. Knead by machine for 6-8 minutes, adding enough flour to prevent dough from being sticky. Knead by hand 1-2 minutes and place in covered, lightly oiled bowl and allow to double, about 1 hour. Punch down and allow to double again. Press dough into two 9 x 15-inch rectangles. Spread swirl mixture over dough and roll up in spiral fashion from the 9-inch side. Place in buttered pans and place in preheated 425˚F. oven for 10 minutes, then lower the temperature to 350˚ F. and continue baking for 20 minutes. Cool on rack before slicing.

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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!