I do like a nice loaf. And (if I do say so myself) this is a rather nice loaf.
I made a version of this a little while ago, but it was lacking …. something. I had no idea what that something was, so I left it and moved on to sweeter things for a while. When I was shelling some pistachios for a recent recipe it suddenly occurred to me that these could be the very thing my old loaf needed.
The problem with pistachios is that they take so long to shell, I just couldn’t summon up the enthusiasm for a while. You may notice that in the recipe below I’ve been rather vague about the amount of pistachios used as I got a little bored at around the 30g mark and decided that was enough, but in all honesty a few more wouldn’t have gone a miss.
Avocado and pistachio nut loaf
1tsp Baking Powder
1 medium Egg
1 ripe Avocado
100ml Creme Fraiche
Zest of 1 Lemon
3cm piece of Root Ginger
30-50g shelled Pistachio nuts
Cream together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy
Fold in the flour, baking power and salt and stir well.
In another bowl mash the avocado until smooth, add the zest of one lemon and grate in the piece of ginger. Stir in the creme fraiche and beaten egg.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir well until fully combined.
Shell pistachios and place in a plastic bag and roll hard several times with a rolling pin and crush into small pieces.
Tip the bag of crushed nuts into the batter and combine.
Tip the whole mixture into a greased and lined loaf tip and cover loosely with baking paper. Bake at 180 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour. Remove the baking paper cover after the first 35 minutes.
During the last 15 minutes of baking time test the loaf with a wooden skewer, when the skewer comes our clean, then you are ready to take the tin out of the oven and rest it for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes take the loaf out of the tin and allow to cool completely ( if you can ).
I thought about adding a glaze or crust to this loaf, but in the end I’m really glad I didn’t as it simply doesn’t need any embellishment.
This is a lovely loaf to enjoy the next day when the cake has become more dense (and a lot easier to slice). Either on it’s own or spread with a little butter.
It’s not exactly sweet, but it’s not exactly savoury either, somewhere in-between, but it’s very good with a feet-up cuppa, and lasts up to a week if stored wrapped in greaseproof paper in an airtight container.