Cranberry-Pistachio “Faux-nuts”

24 Jan

Who can say they’re a model law abiding. broccoli eating, regular oil changing, bathroom mildew cleaning, “i”dotting, “t”crossing, cat-in-tree rescuing, paper and plastic-separating citizen?

I can’t, that’s for sure. I’m far from perfect. I’m ok with this. I do try….I try to be the very best Fabi I can be.

I know you try too. We all do. We try to steer clear of the bad (most of the time) and keep striving for good.

That’s why things like doughnuts are a treat. We know that they’re not the ideal thing to give your body. We tend to avoid them. They’re a treat. Treats are good once in a while. But….not always.

That’s where these come in. They’re what fill the gaps between doughnuts and salad in our lives. They’re still a treat. But not too much. Just the right amount.

They’re not really doughnuts but I baked them in a doughnut pan and glazed them…so that must count for something.

Tart cranberries, and the buttery crunch of a pistachio here and there. It’s pretty magical.

With these and a cup of hot tea, I’m ok with knowing that it’s time to scrub my bathroom floor or pay my bills.

That’s my two cents anyway. Or 50 cents is more like it.

Make these. Be good. Be bad. It’s life.

Cranberry Pistachio “Faux-nuts”

adapted from joy the baker.

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup medium or fine ground cornmeal (I used white cornmeal)

1/4 cup sugar

3/4 teaspoons salt

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

1/4 cup honey (or pure maple syrup if you have it on hand)

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped pistachios

1/2 heaping cup fresh cranberries

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder.

In a smaller bowl whisk together honey, eggs, buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla extract.

Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until blended.

Fold in the cranberries and pistachios.

Divide batter into 6 donuts if using a donut pan, or 6 muffins, or a small loaf pan….your choice.

Bake at 350F for about 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.  Invert onto a plate or board and let cool.

Cranberry Glaze

1 cup cranberries

1/4 cup sugar

1 cup icing sugar.

splash of vanilla extract.

Cook cranberries in sugar until they burst. Mash them, and strain through a sieve.

Add the icing sugar and stir until smooth. Add water if necessary to achieve the right consistency.

Drizzle on cooled donuts.

Jump for joy. Squeal with excitement. Shove one of these bad boys into your pie hole. Love life. Repeat if necessary.

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4 Responses to “Cranberry-Pistachio “Faux-nuts””

  1. Heather January 24, 2012 at 7:09 am #

    I think I might need one of these pans…the kids would love to think they are having doughnuts in their lunches…mmmm and cranberries are awesome. I may have to pick up some today to make muffins with because sometimes you need cranberries in your life!

    • Fabi January 24, 2012 at 9:48 am #

      Oh I completely agree on both accounts Heather! I bought my pan on amazon, it was a very reasonable price :)

  2. Gisele January 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    Fabi, anytime you feel like bringing in any bad boy baking you are cooking up, I’ll be sure to sample the goods.. you are quite incredible darlin..

    • Fabi January 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

      Thank you Gisele! I will absolutely do that!

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