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Pistachio Bread

  • First mixture:
  • 1 package Yellow cake mix
  • 1 small package pistachio pudding mix. Dry.
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • For alternate mixture:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2-3 tsps cinnamon, to taste
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Mix the ingredients for the first mixture until it has a creamy consistency. Mixture will be quite thick.

To make the alternate mixture, combine sugar with cinnamon and chopped walnuts.

Grease or spray pans through and through. Fill pan about 1/3 full with the first mixture and then cover with the alternate mixture. Fill pan again to about 2/3rds full. Again cover with the alternate mixture. Press in a little so when it bakes, the sugar, cinnamon and nuts will not fall off. Bake at 350°F.

Makes the following:
3- 4 X 8 pans- Bake 40-45 glorious minutes
2- 5 X 10 pans - Bake 50-60 minutes
4 small pans - Bake 30-35 minutes

From: Sheryl Gast
Submitted by Tess M Nov 17, 2009


15 min 30 min 45 min

Pistachio

  • Pistachios should be stored in the refrigerator in an air tight container
  • The Indian and Middle Eastern culinary tradition uses pistachios for savory cuisine (not just desserts)
  • The shell of the pistachio naturally cracks open when the nut is ripened
  • Salted and roasted pistachios are commonly used in baking and provide a crisp and salty contrast to the sweet ingredients in many baked goods
  • Pistachios are loaded with vitamin B6 which helps the immune system and brain function
  • Pistachios are high in phosphorous which translates to good blood sugar control for diabetics
  • Pistachios are high in antioxidants which helps to keep blood vessels strong and elastic
  • Pistachios are good for the heart because they lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol (HDL)
  • USA commercial production of pistachios began in the 1970's and is now a major industry for California, Arizona and New Mexico
  • An American botanist named Whitehouse brought pistachios from Iran to Southern California
  • In the USA during the late 19th century, vending machines offered a dozen pistachios for five cents
  • The Middle East is the original home of the pistachio and were brought to Italy through trade with Syria
  • Pistachios are an ancient food and were mentioned in the Book of Genesis

Walnuts

  • A study from the University of Scranton indicates that walnuts contain double the antioxidant value of other nuts which is helpful in fighting cancer cells
  • The Journal of the American College of Nutrition produced a study that indicates walnuts have a stress-reducing effect
  • A Harvard School of Public health study indicates that regular consumption of walnuts by women can reduce the risk of diabetes significantly
  • The FDA suggests daily consumption of walnuts to avoid heart disease
  • Walnut oil is a wonderful addition to a salad
  • Some people avoid shelled walnut products because they are dipped in unhealthy chemicals to loosen the shells
  • Walnuts with darker skin have been grown on the bright side of the tree and are more flavorful
  • The word "Walnut" translates to the nut of Jupiter or the nut of the Gods
  • California is responsible for almost all USA walnuts and 75% of the world's commercial walnut production
  • California-grown walnuts are considered to be among the best in the world
  • The walnut is often referred to as the Persian Walnut because that's where it originated and was a food for the royalty
  • Walnut consumption dates back to 7000 B.C. and is the first tree food known to man
  • A study at Penn State concluded that walnuts can prepare your body to handle stress
  • Walnuts are high in Omega 3 fatty acids
  • The Mayo clinic and the FDA suggest that eating walnuts reduces your risk of heart disease

Cinnamon

  • Add cinnamon to your desserts to help with digestion of your meal
  • Many natural health experts recommend a half teaspoon of cinnamon per day to enjoy health benefits
  • Test cinnamon for freshness with your nose: Fresh cinnamon has a sweet smell
  • Cinnamon sticks will stay fresh for about a year if kept in a cool dry location while cinnamon powder will hold fresh for about half a year
  • Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde which can regulate hormone production in women
  • A study from the Kangnam Korean Hospital showed that cinnamon reduces arthritic pain
  • Some diabetic patients eat cassia cinnamon to lower blood sugar
  • Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of an evergreen tree that thrives in warm, humid climates
  • Cinnamon is a source of good health containing fiber, iron, and calcium

Sugar

  • The American Heart Association recommends the following for daily sugar intake: 9 Tsp (Men), 5 Tsp (Women), 3 Tsp (Children)
  • The average american consumes over 20 teaspoons of sugar per day
  • Most sweeteners including sugar and fruit extracts, cane juices, honey, syrup, etc. have a fructose/glucose ratio of approximately 50/50

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