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Interesting yeah? And mind you, pistachio nuts are nutrient dense, full of fiber and antioxidants; they give you more bang per calories than any other nut. This is a delicious, heart healthy cake you don’t want to miss! Have a slice with a scoop of your favorite yoghurt!

 

Ingredients:

2 ¼ sticks unsalted butter
1 Lemon
1 Vanilla bean

2/3 cup Blanched almonds
¾ cup Pistachios
1 ¼ cups Superfine sugar
4 eggs
½ cup All-purpose flour

Topping:
1 Lemon
1/2 cup Pistachios
1/4 cup Superfine sugar

Method:

  1. Heat the oven to 300C/580F.
  1. Grease a 12 x 4 1/2 x 2 3/4-inch loaf pan with 4 tsp of the butter and line with baking parchment.
  1. Soften the remaining butter. Finely grate the lemon peel. Split the vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds. Finely grind the almonds and pistachios together.
  1. Beat the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the lemon peel and vanilla seeds, then fold in the nuts and sift in the flour.
  1. Spoon the batter into the pan and bake for 45-60 minutes. The cake is ready when a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool in the pan, then turn out.pistachio4.jpg
  1. For the topping, grate the lemon peel and squeeze the juice. Halve the pistachios. Mix the lemon juice with the sugar, boil until reduced to syrup, then add the peel. Stir in the pistachios and pour over the cake.