Pistachio Honey Bee Cake

12 servings.

Basic Yeast Dough
½ cup Milk
1/3 cup Butter or margarine
½ cup Sugar
¼ cup Honey
1 cup Coarsely chopped natural American pistachios
Vanilla cream filling

Basic Yeast Dough: Dissolve 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast and a dash of sugar in ¼ cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit). In a large bowl combine I cup flour, ¼ cup sugar, ¼ cup lukewarm milk, ¼ cup softened butter or margarine, 1 egg, ½ teaspoon each grated lemon peel and salt, and yeast mixture. Work in 1 to 2 cups flour until dough is easy to handle; knead until smooth and elastic. Place in warm oiled bowl; turn dough over. Let rise in a warm place about 1 hour or until doubled. Makes enough dough for a 13 x 9 x 2-ince pan.

Vanilla Cream Filling: In a small mixing bowl, beat 2 eggs and 1/3 cup sugar until thick and pale yellow. Stir in 1/3 cup milk, 1 tablespoon flour, and dash of salt. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until mixture boils; remove from heat. Stir in ¾ teaspoon vanilla. Cool. Stir before using.


Punch down risen basic yeast dough. Roll out and fit into greased 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish. Let rise about 25 minutes or until puffy. Combine milk and butter in saucepan; heat until butter melts. Stir in sugar, honey, and pistachios. Cook and stir over medium heat 10 minutes or until light brown. Spread over dough. Bake at 350 ° F. about 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cook completely. Cut in half horizontally. Spread bottom layer with Vanilla cream filling; replace top layer. Chill until served. Cut into 12 pieces.

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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!