Pistachio Cinnamon Swirl Bread

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Yield: 
10 servings.
Ingredients: 

12 ounces American pistachios, finely chopped
2 Cakes compressed yeast
1/3 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Warm water
1 1/2 cups Warm milk
2 Large eggs
1 1/2 tablespoons Salt
2 ounces Sweet butter, softened
4 to 5 1/2 cups All purpose flour

Swirl Mixture:
3 ounces Sweet butter, softened
2 tablespoons Ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoons Allspice
1/4 teaspoons Cloves
4 teaspoons Light brown sugar

Instructions: 

In large mixing bowl, combine flour, pistachios, sugar, yeast and warm water on low speed using dough hook attachment. Add warm milk, eggs, butter, then salt. Knead by machine for 6-8 minutes, adding enough flour to prevent dough from being sticky. Knead by hand 1-2 minutes and place in covered, lightly oiled bowl and allow to double, about 1 hour. Punch down and allow to double again. Press dough into two 9 x 15-inch rectangles. Spread swirl mixture over dough and roll up in spiral fashion from the 9-inch side. Place in buttered pans and place in preheated 425˚F. oven for 10 minutes, then lower the temperature to 350˚ F. and continue baking for 20 minutes. Cool on rack before slicing.

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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!