Glazed Pistachio Rum Cake

Rating: 
Yield: 
12 to 16 servings.
Ingredients: 

1 cup Butter or margarine
1 cup each Sugar and packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons Grated lemon peel
4 Eggs
3 cups Flour
½ teaspoon each Baking soda, baking powder and ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon each Ground cloves and salt
¾ cup Buttermilk
½ cup Rum
½ cup Chopped natural American pistachios
Rum Glaze

Rum Glaze: Melt 2 tablespoons butter or margarine; remove from heat. Stir in ¼ cup rum and 1 to 1 ½ cups powdered sugar to desired consistency. Stir in ½ cup chopped American pistachios.

Instructions: 

Combine butter, sugars and lemon peel in large mixer bowl; beat until smooth and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time; beat well after each addition. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to butter mixture. Stir in rum and pistachios; pour into greased 12 cup fluted tube pan or 10 inch tube pan. Bake at 325° F. about 50 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack 10 minutes; turn onto rack. Drizzle with Rum Glaze while hot.

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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!