Pistachio Linzer Torte

One 9-inch torte.

1 ½ cups Flour
¾ cup Butter or margarine
½ cup Sugar
¾ cup Chopped natural American pistachios
1 teaspoon Grated lemon peel
½ teaspoon Ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon Vanilla
Apricot Filling

Apricot Filling: Combine 1 cup quartered dried apricot halves, ¼ cup raisins, ½ cup water and 1/3 cup cream sherry in saucepan. Cook, covered, over medium heat 15 to 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and fruit is very tender; stir occasionally to prevent sticking.


Blend flour and margarine with pastry blender until texture of cornmeal. Stir in sugar, pistachios, lemon peel, cinnamon and vanilla. Pat half of pistachio mixture into 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Spread Apricot Filling over pastry. Roll remaining pastry between 2 pieces of waxed paper; cut into ½ inch strips. Form lattice of strips over filling. Bake at 350° F. 45 to 50 minutes or until golden.

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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!