An easy intro to baking that’s no less tasty for being so simple. In this recipe, we've cut back on the amount of pistachios and substituted canola oil for butter.
2 1/2 cupsall-purpose flour, divided
1 level teaspoonbaking soda
2 ouncescanola oil
1/2 cupgranulated sugar, white or brown
1 teaspoonvanilla extract
2 or 3 wholeeggs
1/2 cupdried cranberries
1/2 cuproasted pistachios, shelled
Zest of 1orange
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes, plus time to cool
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine 2 cups flour, salt and baking soda in large mixing bowl. In a second bowl, combine oil, sugar and vanilla extract. Blend for a creamy consistency, about a minute. Stir in eggs until blended, about 1 or two minutes.
Indent flour and pour liquid batter into hole. Fold ingredients together until a consistent, sticky dough forms, about 3 or 4 minutes. Add extra flour as needed. Combine cranberries, pistachios and zest. Rinse hands under cold water and gently knead dough. Divide into halves.
Rinse hands under cold water and transfer dough to lightly greased foil-lined baking sheet. Shape into 2 small loaves. Place on center rack and cook for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until light brown.
Remove from oven. Reduce heat to 275. Let stand for 10 minutes to allow to cool. Slice diagonally into half-inch wedges. Return wedges to oven for 10 minutes, or until golden.