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Chef Dez | Cranberry pistachio banana bread


Last updated 11/20/2019 at 1:25pm

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Chef Dez shares a family recipe that puts a new twist on banana bread. Cranberries and pistachios add holiday spirit to the traditional desert.

Since my last column entry was all about quick breads, I thought it would be appropriate to share one of our family favorite recipes. I am certain that we all have made a banana bread in our lifetimes, but this one embraces the spirit of the season by including cranberries and pistachio nuts. Enjoy!


Cranberry pistachio banana bread (recipe makes 2 loaves):

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

4 eggs

2 cups mashed very ripe bananas (approximately 4-6)

3 cups flour

4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups cranberries, roughly chopped, thawed if frozen

1.5 (one and one half) cups shelled salted pistachio nuts, left whole

1 yellow banana, sliced in half lengthwise


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare two standard bread loaf pans by spraying with baking spray.

2. Beat the butter and both sugars together with an electric mixer until thoroughly combined, approximately 2 minutes. Turn the speed to med-low and add 1 egg at a time until all 4 eggs are completely blended in. Stir in the mashed bananas.

3. In a large separate bowl add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and stir to combine. Add the cranberries and pistachios to this dry mixture to coat them with flour.

4. Add the wet egg/sugar/banana mixture to the dry ingredients and fold together until just combined – do not over mix.

5. Divide the batter between the two loaf pans and smooth out until even.

6. Place half of the yellow banana (cut side down) on the batter in each of the pans and bake for approximately 55 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. The half slice of banana on the top of the loaf gives this bread a uniquely recognizable presentation.

Chef Dez is a Chef, Writer, & Host. Visit him at Write to him at [email protected] or P.O. Box 2674, Abbotsford, BC V2T 6R4.


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