American Pistachio Bundt Cake

Rating: 
Yield: 
1 (10 inch) cake.
Ingredients: 

6 Eggs, separated
½ teaspoon Cream of tarter
1 ½ cups Sugar, divided
½ cup Water
½ teaspoon Vanilla
1 ¼ cups Flour
1/3 cup Finely chopped natural American pistachios
¼ teaspoon Salt
Powdered sugar glaze
Halved red glaceed cherries
Chopped natural American pistachios, for garnish

Instructions: 

Beat egg whites until frothy; add cream of tartar and beat at high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add ½ cup sugar; continue beating until stiff but not dry. Set aside. Beat yolks about 3 minutes or until very thick and light. Add remaining sugar 1 tablespoon at a time; beat until thick. Add water and vanilla; blend until smooth. Combine flour, 1/3 cup pistachios and salt; gently fold into egg mixture until well blended. Fold yolk mixture into beaten whites. Pour into ungreased 10 inch bundt pan; cut through batter with spatula to remove air bubbles. Bake at 325° F. about 1 hour or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert pan on wire rack; cool completely. To remove cake, loosen cake around tube and edge of pan with spatula. Drizzle Powdered Sugar Glaze over top. Decorate with halved red glaceed cherries and chopped pistachios before glaze sets.

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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!