American Pistachio Cake

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

¾ cup Butter or margarine, softened
1 cup Sugar
3 Eggs
½ cup Milk
½ teaspoon Vanilla
1 ¾ cups Flour
½ teaspoon Ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon Salt
¾ cup Chopped, dried apricots or candied fruit
¾ cup Whole shelled American pistachios
½ cup Currants or raisins

Instructions: 

Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time. Combine milk and vanilla. Combine flour, cinnamon and salt; reserve 1 tablespoon. Add flour mixture alternately with milk mixture to the butter mixture. Toss apricots, pistachios and currants with reserved flour mixture; stir into batter. Pour into greased and floured 10 inch tube pan.* Bake at 325° F. 50 to 60 minutes or until wooden pick comes out clean. Cool.

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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!