White Chocolate Pistachio Brownies

Rating: 
Yield: 
approximately 2 dozen brownies.
Ingredients: 

1 cup Unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt
2 Large eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup Granulated sugar
7 ounces White chocolate, chopped and melted
1/2 cup Butter, melted
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1 cup Chopped, natural American pistachios
5 ounces White chocolate, coarsely chopped

Instructions: 

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Sift flour with salt into bowl. Using electric mixer, beat eggs in large bowl until frothy. Add sugar 1 tablespoon at a time and beat until pale yellow and slowly dissolving ribbon forms when beaters are lifted. Gently fold in melted chocolate. Add melted butter and vanilla and stir well (mixture may look curdled). Fold in flour. Fold in pistachios and chopped chocolate. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle additional chopped pistachios on top before baking. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out not quite clean, about 25 minutes; do not over bake. Cool in pan on rack. Cut brownies into squares.

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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!