Cherry Pistachio Roll Cake

Rating: 
Yield: 
12 servings.
Ingredients: 

4 Eggs, separated
1 ½ cups Sugar, divided
½ cup Boiling water
½ teaspoon Vanilla
1 ¼ cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking powder
½ teaspoon Cinnamon
¼ teaspoon Salt
½ cup Finely chopped American pistachios, divided
2 cups Cherry preserves
1 cup Whipping cream, whipped and sweetened

Instructions: 

Beat egg yolks until thick and lemony in color; add ½ cups sugar and beat until pale yellow and light. Slowly add water and vanilla; beat well. Blend flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; fold into egg mixture. Stir in 1/3 cup pistachios. Beat egg whites until foamy; slowly add remaining sugar. Beat until soft peaks form. Fold in yolk mixture just until blended. Pour into a greased 15 ½ x 10 ½ x ¾ inch baking pan lined with waxed paper. Bake at 375° F. 12 to 15 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Turn out on clean powdered sugar dusted tea towel. Roll and allow to cool on wire rack. Unroll; remove towel. Spread with cherry preserves and roll to form jellyroll. Place on serving platter seam side down. Frost with whipped cream; sprinkle with remaining pistachios.

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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!