Dried Apricot-pistachio Biscotti

2 dozen biscotti.

1 ¼ cups All-purpose flour
½ cup Whole wheat flour
1 cup Granulated sugar
½ teaspoon Baking powder
¼ teaspoon Salt
5 tablespoons Unsalted butter, cold, cut into pieces
¾ teaspoon Vanilla
2 Eggs, lightly beaten
2/3 cup Dried apricot halves, chopped
1 cup Natural American pistachios
1 teaspoon Granulated sugar


Preheat oven to 350 °F. Lightly butter large baking sheet. In food processor, combine first five ingredients. Pulse to blend. Add butter and vanilla; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add eggs and pulse 3 times to blend. Add apricots and pistachios; pulse until mixture is evenly moistened. Transfer mixture to large bowl; use hands to form into dough. Divide dough in half. On lightly greased baking sheet, shape dough into two 12 inch logs. With hands, flatten each log to a width of 2 inches. Sprinkle each with remaining sugar. Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove logs to cooling rack for 10 minutes. With serrated knife, carefully cut logs on the diagonal into 1 inch slices. Place on baking sheet cut side up; return to oven and bake 7 minutes, or until very lightly browned. Transfer to rack; cool completely.

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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!