Pistachio Irish Whiskey Cake

Rating: 
Yield: 
12 servings.
Ingredients: 

3 cups Flour
1 1/2 cups Light brown sugar (packed)
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking soda
1 teaspoon Baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Ginger
4 teaspoons Grated lemon peel
1 1/2 cups Dark seedless raisins
1 cup Chopped, natural American pistachios
3 Eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 cup Vegetable oil
3/4 cup Irish whiskey
1/2 cup Buttermilk

Cream Cheese Whiskey Frosting: Beat 8 ounces cream cheese with 1/4 cup butter or margarine until soft and creamy; beat in 2 tablespoons Irish Whiskey and 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar. Chill frosting until it thickens to spreading consistency, at least 1 hour.

Instructions: 

Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, spices, lemon peel, raisins and pistachios in large bowl until evenly mixed. Add eggs, oil, whiskey and buttermilk; mix until blended. Turn into 2 greased and floured 8-inch round cake pans. Bake at 350 °F., for 30 to 35 minutes or until a light touch on top springs back. Cool 10 minutes in pans then invert and cool. Frost with Cream Cheese Whiskey Frosting. Sprinkle extra chopped pistachios on top. Chill until ready to serve.

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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!