Pistachio Cake with Olive Oil

One 8-inch cake

225g 10X sugar (powdered)
80g All-purpose flour
40g Cornstarch
3g Baking powder
170g Butter
225g Pistachio flour, toasted
½ tsp. Salt
4 each Eggs, room temperature
3 Tbsp. Rum, white
50g Extra-virgin olive oil, fruity


1. Sift together the all-purpose flour, cornstarch, and baking powder; set aside.
2. In a separate bowl, cream the butter with the powdered sugar and the salt.
3. Alternately, add the eggs and the dry ingredients in three additions, adding one-third of the eggs and one-third of the dry ingredients and mixing, then repeating this process two more times.
4. Fold in the rum and olive oil.
5. Pour the batter into a greased 8-inch parchment-lined pan.
6. Bake at 325°F in a convection oven for about 30 minutes.
7. Cool in the pan.

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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!