Pistachio Blackberry Financier by Gale Gand

Rating: 
Yield: 
Approximately 32 mini cakes.
Ingredients: 

1/2 cup Butter
3/4 cup Pistachios, shelled
1 cup Powdered sugar
1/2 cup Flour
1/2 cup Egg whites (approximately 4 eggs)
1/2 pint Large blackberries 

Instructions: 

Preheat oven to 375°F. In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.Meanwhile, in a food processor, grind pistachios with powdered sugar and flour until finely ground but do not go so far as to make a paste. Add egg whites, melted butter and mix. Batter can be used immediately or kept refrigerated for up to 3 days.When ready to bake, butter tiny tart molds or a mini muffin tin and spoon in batter to fill mold 2/3 of the way. Cut blackberries in half, the long way, and place 1/2 on top of the batter cut side down. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, until golden brown.Let cool in molds and gently lift cakes out.

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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!