Pistachio Beer Bread

Rating: 
Yield: 
2 loaves.
Ingredients: 

2 packages Active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups Warm beer
2 tablespoons Honey or sugar
1/4 cup Olive oil
4 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
1/2 cup Rye flour
2 teaspoons Salt
1/2 cup Minced green onion
1 cup Natural American pistachios

Instructions: 

Sprinkle yeast over 1/2 cup warm beer; stir in honey. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in remaining beer and olive oil. Combine 4 cups all-purpose flour, rye flour and salt. Beat into yeast mixture with onion and nuts to make soft dough. Knead on floured surface, adding up to one-half cup more flour, until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Push stray nuts back into dough and place in oiled bowl, turning to coat. Cover; let rise until doubled. Punch dough down and divide in half. Shape into round loaves or, divide each half into thirds. Roll each third into a 12-inch long rope. Braid three together and tuck ends under. Place on baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Bake in preheated oven at 375ºF., until crusty and browned, approximately 45 - 50 minutes. 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!