Italian Pistachio Cake

6 or 8 servings.

1 cup Shelled, natural American pistachios
1 cup Sugar
3/4 cup Margarine or butter, softened
2 teaspoons Vanilla
1/2 teaspoon Pistachio extract (can be substituted with almond extract)
3 Eggs
2/3 cup Unsifted flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking powder


Grind pistachios until fine in food processor or a portion at a time in electric blender. Combine ground pistachios with sugar, margarine, vanilla and pistachio extract in mixing bowl; beat thoroughly until smooth and blended. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix flour with baking powder; beat or stir into batter. Turn into 8-inch round cake pan with high sides (or 9-inch round cake pan) that is completely lined with foil. Bake at 300° F., for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes or until a light touch in center springs back and edges of cake are just beginning to pull away from sides of pan. Lift cake from pan by gripping foil; allow cake to cool.

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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!