Pistachio Pound Cake by Jean-Yves Charron


For the batter
½ Cup Cake Flour
5/8 Teaspoon Baking Powder
½ Teaspoon Salt Scant
½ Cup Granulated Sugar
2 ½ Teaspoons Lemon Zest
½ Cup Unsalted Butter
4 tablespoons Soy Oil
3 medium Eggs
1 ¼ cups Pistachios finely ground

For the topping
½ Cup Granulated Sugar
¾ Teaspoon Water
1/3 Cup Toasted Whole Pistachios, Shelled


Preheat the oven to 325° F. Grease a pound cake pan. With an electric mixer, cream the butter, oil, lemon zest and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the eggs; mix for 1 additional minute at medium speed. Add the cake flour, finely ground pistachios, baking powder and salt to the mixture. Mix on low speed for about 20 seconds. Scrape the side and bottom of the bowl, and then mix for 1 additional minute at low-medium speed. Pour the batter into the greased pound cake pan and bake for 1 hour at 325° F, or until the cake is cracked on top and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes; then remove it to a serving plate.

Make a syrup with the sugar and the water – cook for about 2 minutes after it starts to boil. Spoon the syrup over the pound cake; sprinkle the whole pistachios over the syrup. Let cool for 30 to 40 more minutes before slicing and serving.

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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!