Pistachio Lemon Loaf

Rating: 
Yield: 
1 loaf.
Ingredients: 

¼ cup Butter or margarine
¾ cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tablespoon Grated lemon peel
2 cups All purpose flour
2 teaspoons Baking powder
¼ teaspoon Salt
¾ cup Milk
¾ cup Chopped, shelled American pistachios, divided
Lemon Glaze (recipe follows)

Lemon Glaze: Combine 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 cup powdered sugar.

Instructions: 

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and lemon peel; beat until light and fluffy. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Fold in ½ cup pistachios. Spoon batter into a greased 8 ½ x 4 ½ x 2 ½ inch loaf pan. Bake at 350° F. 50 to 60 minutes until a pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan. Turn out onto wire rack. Spoon Lemon Glaze over top and sprinkle with remaining pistachios.

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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!