Pistachio White Chocolate Biscotti

Rating: 
Yield: 
About 32 biscotti.
Ingredients: 

6 ounces White chocolate, finely chopped
1/3 cup Heavy cream
1/4 cup Shelled natural American pistachios, finely chopped

Biscotti:
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup melted Butter or margarine
3 tablespoons Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla
3 Eggs
3 cups Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons Anise seed
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup Coarsely chopped pistachios

Instructions: 

Biscotti: Beat 1 cup sugar with 1/2 cup melted butter or margarine, 3 tablespoons milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 3 eggs. Combine 3 cups flour with 1 1/2 teaspoons anise seed and 1 teaspoon baking powder; mix into butter mixture. Stir in 1 cup coarsely chopped, natural pistachios. Cover and chill 2 or 3 hours; divide dough in half and shape into two 12 x 3-inch logs on oiled cookie sheet. Make at 350°F., for 20 minutes. Cool slightly; cut into 1/2-inch diagonal slices. Lay slices on cookie sheet; bake until crisp at 250°F., for 35 minutes to 1 hour or until crisp and dry.

Melt the white chocolate with half the cream in saucepan; stirring constantly over lowest heat. Remove from heat; stir in enough of remaining cream to get thick dipping consistency. Dip one end of each biscotti into chocolate; place on wire cookie rack to let excess drip off. While still soft, sprinkle dipped part with chopped pistachios. Leave for several hours to set; store in air-tight container.

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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!