That is one of the reasons that Brenda of Meal Planning Magic created this lovely blog hop a few years back...to help our readers (and ourselves!) with ideas, planning, and pre-preparation (hello freezing cookies!) for the upcoming holidays. Every Wednesday for the next 12 weeks, there will be a group of bloggers posting Christmas Treats, and we will all link up so that all of our collective readers will have access to the goodies!! There is even a page on Pinterest where all the goodies of new and old can be seen!
I've had recipes saved on my Christmas Pinterest board since last year, but I still had a heck of a time deciding what to make first. I finally decided on this delicious bread, because, well...it's great for Christmas-time brunch and it has some great fall flavors in it so it's good for right now, too!! Let's be real folks...if I'm baking, it's not going in the freezer. It's going in my belly or it's going to work. And for the sake of not expanding my belly, it goes to work. Immediately. I'm weak, and having that temptation laying around in my freezer is not a smart move on my part. I know my limitations!
Anywho...back to the recipe, right?? I really enjoy making holiday quick breads, and this one is just as simple as any other I've made. It doesn't come out dry, it's moist and delicious, full of fruit and pistachios and topped with a thin apple-y sugar glaze. Great with coffee or tea on a cold winter morning, wouldn't you agree?? So add this to your holiday baking menu, your family and friends will thank you!
And be sure to check out all the other amazing recipes in the link-up below! If you are interested in joining in on the blogging fun, visit Brenda's blog for information on how.
Source: Betty Crocker
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup apple cider or apple juice
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup shredded peeled apple (1 medium)
- 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup chopped pistachios
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 to 3 tsp apple cider or apple juice
- 2 Tbsp finely chopped pistachios, for topping
- Heat oven to 350°F, grease and flour bottom only of 8 x 4-inch loaf pan.
- In large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine flour, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt. Beat in oil, 1/3 cup cider and eggs until smooth. Stir in apple, cranberries and 1/3 cup pistachios.
- Scoop the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and spread evenly.
- Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan to a cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour 30 minutes.
- In small bowl, mix powdered sugar and enough of the 2 to 3 teaspoons cider for desired glaze consistency. Spread over top of bread. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons pistachios.