Pistachio Pumpkin Roll

Rating: 
Yield: 
10 to 12 servings.
Ingredients: 

Eggs at room temperature
½ cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Lemon juice
½ cup Canned pumpkin
2/3 cup Sifted flour
2 teaspoons Pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon Baking powder
¾ cup Natural American pistachios, chopped
Pistachio Cream Cheese Filling (recipe follows)
Pistachio Cream Cheese Filling:
8 ounces Cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons Butter, softened
1 cup Powdered sugar
1 tablespoon Lemon zest, grated
1 cup Natural American pistachios, coarsely chopped

Instructions: 

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a 10 x 15 x 1 inch pan with waxed paper or parchment; grease and flour. Beat eggs on high, add sugar gradually until very thick and volume is tripled, about 5 minutes. Fold in lemon juice and pumpkin gently. Sift combined dry ingredients except pistachios over egg mixture; lightly fold in. Spread into prepared pan and sprinkle with pistachios. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until top springs back when lightly pressed. Turn cake out onto waxed paper and trim crisp edges with knife. Working quickly, cover cake with second sheet of waxed paper and roll up from short side, rolling paper inside. Set aside; prepare
When cake has cooled, unroll and spread filling over entire surface. Re-roll cake. Slice to serve.
Pistachio Cream Cheese Filling. Beat cream cheese and butter together with powdered sugar and lemon zest until creamy. Stir in 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!