Pistachio Kugelhopf

8 to 12 servings.

1 package Hot roll mix
Egg yolks
¾ cup Natural American pistachios, chopped and divided
1/3 cup each Seedless raisins, dried currants and minced mixed candied fruits
½ cup Powdered sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons Hot water
2 teaspoons Butter or margarine
¼ teaspoon Vanilla


Prepare dough as directed, adding egg yolks with liquid; beat well. Fold in 2/3 cup pistachios, raisins, currants and mixed fruit. Grease and flour 2 ½ to 3 quart Turk’s head mold or 10 inch tube pan. Spoon dough into prepared pan; cover and let rise according to package directions. Bake at 400° F. 10 minutes; reduce oven temperature to 350° F. and bake 40 to 50 minutes or until lightly browned and dough springs back when lightly touched. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes; turn onto wire rack. Combine powdered sugar, water, butter and vanilla; mix until smooth. Pour over hot bread. Serve warm. Sprinkle remaining pistachios over glaze.

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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!