Pistachio Sponge Cake

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Yield: 
Approximately 1 ¼ cups.
Ingredients: 

1 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 cup Flour
1 teaspoon Baking powder
¼ teaspoon Salt
½ cup Milk
1 tablespoon Butter or margarine
1 teaspoon Vanilla
¼ cup Chopped natural American pistachios
Pistachio Whipped Cream Topping

Instructions: 

Beat sugar and eggs 2 minutes at medium speed with mixer. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into egg mixture. Heat milk and butter over low heat until butter melts. Add to egg mixture; beat only until blended. Gently stir vanilla into batter; pour into greased 9 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan. Sprinkle pistachios over top. Bake at 350° F. 20 to 25 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Serve with Pistachio Whipped Cream Topping.

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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!