Chocolate & Pistachio Boston Rolls | Courtesy of Sweet Paul Magazine

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Makes around 12 rolls
Ingredients: 

1 teaspoon active dry yeast
¾ cup cold milk
1 egg
1⁄2 cup sugar
1⁄2 tsp salt
31⁄3 cups flour
11⁄2 sticks butter

Filling
4 tablespoons cubed butter, at room temperature
3 oz dark chocolate, cut into small pieces
1 oz chopped pistachios

Instructions: 

1. In a large bowl, crumble the yeast into the cold milk, then add the egg and the rest of the dry ingredients (except the ingredients for the filling).
2. Knead the batter in a mixer with a dough hook.
3. Add the flour little by little as the machine kneads the dough.
4. Then add the room-temperature butter.
5. Turn the mixer off and let the dough rise in a place with no drafts for around 2 hours. Cover the bowl with a cloth.
6. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
7. Turn out the dough.
8. With a rolling pin, roll the dough into a long plank around 4 inches thick.
9. Sprinkle the filling ingredients over the dough: the butter pieces, the dark chocolate, and the pistachios.
10. Then roll up the dough into a log.
11. Cut 12 equal-sized rolls out of the log.
12. Butter a 10-inch springform pan and place the rolls into the pan, so they are not packed too tight.
13. Then let them rise for another 30–45 minutes. They’ll fill out the pan as they rise.
14. Bake the rolls on the bottom rack for around 30 minutes.
15. If the tops of the rolls are getting too dark, cover the pan lightly with foil.
16. When cooked, let the Boston rolls cool slightly and then remove the entire cake from the pan.
17. Cut into pieces. Sift confectioners' sugar over the tops.


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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.

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