Pistachio Biscotti by Jean-Yves Charron


2 ¼ Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 1/8 Teaspoon Baking Powder
7/8 Teaspoon Baking Soda
7/8 Teaspoon Salt
2 Large Eggs
4 Tablespoons + 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon + 2 Teaspoons Lemon Zest
1 Tablespoon + 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 ¼ Cup Whole Pistachios, Shelled


Preheat oven to 350° F.
With an electric mixer, mix together the sugar and the lemon zest at medium speed for 1 minute. Add the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix at low speed for 1 minute. Add the eggs, olive oil and vanilla extract. Mix at low speed for 5 to 7 minute until smooth. Add the whole pistachios and mix at low speed until evenly distributed. Put the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into four pieces. Roll each half into a log, each 12 inches long by 1-inch high. Place the logs on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 350°F. Let the logs cool for 15 minutes and then place on a cutting board. Slice each log into ½ inch thick pieces. Put the biscotti back on the cookie sheet and bake 20 minutes at 300°F. Let cool down for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

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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!