Chocolate Pistachio Coffeecake

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Yield: 
8-10 servings.
Ingredients: 

3 - 3 ½ cups Flour
1 package Quick rising yeast
½ teaspoon Salt
1/3 cup Milk
¼ cup each Water, sugar and butter or margarine
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 Eggs
2 tablespoons American pistachios, finely chopped
Chocolate Pistachio Filling
Glaze

Chocolate Pistachio Filling: Combine ¾ cup chopped, natural American pistachios, ½ cup each vanilla cookie crumbs and melted butter or margarine, 2 tablespoons each sugar and cocoa and ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon; mix well.

Glaze: Heat to boil ½ cup light corn syrup, 1/3 cup water and 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon. Reduce heat and simmer until reduced to ½ cup.

Instructions: 

Combine 1 ½ cups flour, yeast and salt. Heat milk, water, sugar and butter to 120° F.; add vanilla. With electric mixer at low speed, beat milk mixture into flour mixture; beat in eggs. Mix 3 minutes at medium speed. Gradually stir in enough remaining flour by hand to form soft dough. Knead on floured surface about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl; turn to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place about 20 minutes. Punch down. On lightly floured surface, roll dough to 15 x 10 inch rectangle. Spread Chocolate Pistachio Filling to within 1 inch of one long edge. Roll jellyroll fashion, spread from long edge. Pinch to seal edges. Place on greased baking sheet; slash at 2-inch intervals to within 1 inch from center. Twist each section slightly. Cover; let rise 20 minutes. Bake at 350° F. 30 to 35 minutes or until roll makes a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom. Cool on rack. Brush with Glaze and sprinkle with finely chopped pistachios.

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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!