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Cranberry Pistachio Loaf


So it’s Thursday.

It’s been a crazy few months, and tomorrow morning we’re heading to Dublin Airport where we will fly to Portugal in the afternoon. Patrick needs this vacation so he can de-stress from work. I need this vacation so I can de-stress from “not working”, aka staying home with baby all day.

I mean, I love my daughter. I just need to de-stress. Babies are stressful. Who knew?


I’m actually really excited for our first family vacation. Some people will think we’re crazy bringing a seventh month old along for a week of backpacking through Portugal, but I firmly believe that as long as we’re relaxed, she’ll be relaxed, too. All will be well. We can dip her little feet into the sand (though probably not the water!) at the beach and tote her along in her sling as we taste-test port wine. We’ll visit some friends in Lisbon and explore the markets and fortresses. All will be well.

I need to keep thinking positively. Maeve is teething and although I can see a little tooth down there, it has yet to break through her gums. She is not in the best cheer these days, but she loves it when dad and I are both home – hopefully that means she’ll enjoy being on vacation with the both of us. Fingers crossed!


For our last day before vacation we did what we usually do on Thursday mornings – we went to our local breastfeeding group so Maeve could play with her friends and I could have a cup of coffee with my friends. I made this deliciously moist loaf to have with our coffee and, as it was gone before I could have a slice, I have to take the ladies’ words for it and say it was yummy.

Until next time!


Cranberry Pistachio Loaf


1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Rind of one lemon

2 eggs, room temperature

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 cup AP flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup whole cranberries

For the glaze:

1 cup crushed pistachio

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 tsp vanilla

3-4 Tbsp milk


  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees (190 degrees Celsius, no fan). Line a loaf pan with parchment, or generously butter and flour a loaf pan if you have no parchment.
  • Using the paddle attachment on your stand mixer (or hand mixer), cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about one minute on medium speed). Add the lemon rind and vanilla. Mix to incorporate.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly after each egg. Add the buttermilk.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture. Add the salt. Mix until just incorporated.
  • Fold in the cranberries.
  • Pour into the prepared loaf pan and bake it in the preheated oven (center rack) for approximately 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then carefully remove the loaf. Peel away the parchment and cool completely on a rack.
  • Make the glaze: mix the confectioner’s sugar, vanilla & half the chopped pistachios in a bowl. Gradually add the milk until you have a glaze of medium-thickness (you want to be able to drizzle and pour the glaze but you don’t want it to be so thin that it won’t stick to the loaf).
  • Put cooling rack with the loaf over some parchment or a pan and slowly pour the glaze over the loaf, coating it completely. While the glaze is still wet, sprinkle the remaining pistachios over the top.
  • This loaf will keep for about 3 days if you keep it in an airtight container (it’s actually nicer the next day!). You can freeze it indefinitely, just don’t add the glaze until you’re ready to serve.


6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Catherine #

    Sorry between us 3 we ate about 5 half slices… It was delish!

    March 6, 2014
    • Thanks Catherine; don’t worry, I take it as a compliment! Maybe next time I’ll get a slice. Was too busy downing those three lattes.

      March 6, 2014
  2. ezmy #

    Hoorah for vacations! All WILL be well, I am sure of it. We brought Ewan on our honeymoon when he was four months old and it was fantasticness. And thank you thank you for this recipe. I will be bringing it to my next playdate. Have fun in Portugal!

    March 6, 2014
    • Thanks lady! I’m always getting jealous reading up on your travels with the kidlets 🙂 you’re an inspiration. Enjoy the loaf!

      March 6, 2014
  3. Looks soo pretty!

    March 7, 2014

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