It all started with a visit to my parents house. I noticed a green cake on the counter… intriguing. I had to try it; it was SO good that I continued to try it until I had eaten three pieces in the five minutes I had been there. My mom offered to write down the recipe for me, but I kindly declined. I can’t make something like this and keep it at home…I have NO self control. Well, I regretted that decision almost immediately and that delicious, pale green, cake-like loaf has been haunting my taste buds ever since!
St Patrick’s Day is the perfect excuse to make this wonderfully addicting treat and just as you may have guessed I would, I gave in and had my mom copy down the recipe for me last week.
The recipe is from a local newspaper (my mom couldn’t remember which), so I’m not sure where it came from originally. It was actually titled pistachio bread, but it is very cake-like so I prefer to call it pistachio loaf. You could (and maybe should) use chopped pistachios, but I used chopped walnuts because that’s what I had in my pantry. I dusted these loaves with powdered sugar, but a simple vanilla glaze would be magnificent as well.
I can’t tell you how much I love this, but I can try. This recipe gets bonus points because my picky eater husband liked it too! The delicate, moist center of this pistachio loaf is complimented perfectly by a sweet and slightly crisp crust. It is soft and springy, sweet and has the perfect pistachio flavor. I added two drops of green food coloring to enhance the green color and make it a bit more festive, but it is still a pale green without it. It is SO delicious!
- 1 box white cake mix
- 1 3.4 oz. box pistachio pudding
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1 cup sour cream
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts
- Preheat oven to 350. Grease/butter and flour two 8x4 loaf pans or one 9x5 loaf pan.
- Mix all ingredients until well-blended.
- Pour into pans.
- Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
- Let cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove from pan and allow to cool completely.