Southwestern Pistachio Pepper Bread

1 loaf.

1/2 cup Butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
3/4 cup Milk
1-1/2 cups Flour
1/2 cup Yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon Baking powder
2 - 4 teaspoons Crushed red pepper (dried flakes)
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Drained, canned corn kernels
3/4 cup Coarsely chopped, natural American pistachios


Beat butter with sugar, eggs and milk. Mix flour, cornmeal, baking powder, red pepper and salt and stir into first mixture. Fold in corn and 1/2 cup pistachios. Turn into greased and floured 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup pistachios on top. Bake at 350°F., for 1-1/2 hours or until a pick inserted into center comes out dry. Cover loaf with foil if it starts to get too dark. Cool briefly then turn out and cool 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!