Blondies with Salted Pistachios & Lemon | Courtesy of Sweet Paul Magazine

Serves 8–10

7.05 oz salted butter
7.05 oz white chocolate, chopped (preferably Ivoire 35% from Valrhona)
3 eggs
6.1 oz sugar
4.4 oz flour
¼ teaspoon salt
3.5 oz pistachios, salted, roughly chopped
1 organic lemon, zest only


1. Preheat oven to 356°F.
2. Melt the butter in a casserole.
3. Melt the white chocolate over a bain-marie.
4. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, flour, and salt until light and fluffy.
5. Fold the melted butter and chocolate into the batter.
6. Add the pistachios and lemon zest, pour the blondie batter into a 9x9” baking tin, and bake the blondie cake for 30–35 minutes.

Bake the blondies the day before serving to let the cake set and get the right consistency.

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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!