Apple Cranberry Pistachio Bread

Dotted with red and green fruit and nuts, this festive quick bread takes 20 minutes to put in the oven. Enjoy a slice for breakfast or serve with Christmas dinner.


1 8 x 4-inch loaf

Bread Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated (white) sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon 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

Topping Ingredients

1/2 cup confectioners' (powdered) sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons apple cider or apple juice
2 tablespoons finely chopped pistachios


Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease bottom only of an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with Pan Release, shortening, or baking spray with flour. In large bowl with wooden spoon, mix 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. Spoon and spread evenly in pan.

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan. 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.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 60 minutes
Cool Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours

Additional Information

Wrap the cooled loaf and store at room temperature overnight for easier slicing. Most quick breads slice better the second day. A sharp serrated knife or an electric knife works well for slicing quick breads.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving (1 slice): Calories 180 (Calories from Fat 50), Total Fat 6 g (Saturated Fat 1 g, Trans Fat 0 g), Cholesterol 25 mg; Sodium 140 mg; Total Carbohydrate 28 g (Dietary Fiber 1 g, Sugars 17 g), Protein 3 g; Exchanges: 1/2 Starch; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices: 2

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