American Pistachio Cupakes with Raspberry and Chantilly Cream By Sara Massarotto, blogger Miss Cocò Cupcake

Rating: 
Yield: 
12 cupcakes
Ingredients: 

1 stick butter
½ cup sugar
2 eggs (large)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1¼ cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup pistachios, chopped

Chantilly Cream:
1¼ cup heavy cream
1/3 cup powdered sugar
Pistachios to garnish
12 raspberries

Instructions: 

For the cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350° F and place paper baking cups into a regular-size muffin/cupcake tin. In a large bowl, whisk butter with sugar. Add the eggs one by one and then add the vanilla. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder and add to the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla.

Gently fold the finely chopped pistachios into the batter. Fill about 12 paper cups and bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. Leave them to cool.

For the Chantilly cream:
Partially whip the fresh cream. Add sifted powdered sugar into the mixture and continue whipping. Transfer the Chantilly cream into a pastry bag and decorate the cupcakes. Complete the decoration with few pistachios and raspberries on the top.

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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!