Cardamom Pistachio Quickbread


I’m in the mood to talk about ice cream…so we’re gonna do that.

Ice cream flavors. So many to choose from! They can say so much about a person, am I right? As a kid, what was your go-to flavor? Let’s dicusss…

Popular flavor #1: Bubble gum ice cream. That was usually the girly-girl. I always considered it a stupid flavor. Very ill-conceived. The gum gets all hard and unchewable, too sweet and a lil’ too pink. If Barbie was a real life living girl, I’d bet she’d order bubble gum ice cream.

Popular flavor #2 & #3: Vanilla and chocolate. Straight, narrow and safe. But you know, sometimes you want something delicious and basic. Almost like a great pair of fitted jeans or the perfect white tee. Basics are cool. I feel like the straight-A student went with vanilla and chocolate. (I’m totally putting people in boxes right now!! Ice cream boxes!!)

Popular flavor #4 & #5: Mint chocolate chip and cookies n’ cream. These two flavors are totally interchangeable. They’re practicality the same thing: vanilla ice cream with oreos or refreshing chocolate. All of my friends ordered these flavors. Solid choices. For the record, I respect these ice cream flavors.

Weirdo flavor #1: Pistachio. Ahhhh yea! That was allll me. I was the strange 6 year old asking for pistachio. I think some adults liked to think I had fancy taste, but really it was just the light green color that I loved so much. And, I liked rebellious ice cream flavors. Pistachio ice cream is like the ugly mutt of the ice cream world.

It’s weirdly cold in LA. After a weekend in the desert, and honestly enjoying 97 degree temperatures, I’m now living in weirdly cloudy, dreary, sorta cold LA weather.

I was in the mood to bake something up that’s perfect for those in between hot and cold days, that are so common in these spring months. This quick bread comes together…(wait for it!) quickly!

There’s a lovely honey flavor with the perfect hint of cardamom. The pistachios work with the cornmeal to add an awesome texture throughout.

This bread is gorgeous with a cup of tea or a cup of coffee. Or maybe even some ice cream?!?!

I dunno. Life is short, eat ice cream with everything.

Cardamon Pistachio Quick Bread

Print this recipe!

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cardomom
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 cups buttermilk, shaken
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup honey
2 large eggs
1/4 pistachios, chopped, plus 1 small handful for topping
Demarara sugar (for topping) (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9 x 5 metal loaf pan with nonstick spray. In a large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, cornmeal, sugar, sugar, cardamon and baking powder.

2. In a large measuring cup, or medium bowl, add buttermilk, melted butter, honey and eggs; whisk until thoroughly combined.

3. Fold in chopped pistachios. Transfer batter into prepared pan. Top with a handful of chopped pistachios and about a tablespoon of demarara sugar.

4. Transfer to oven and bake until about 1 hour and 5 minutes, and until top is golden brown and a skewer comes out clean. If the bread begins to brown too quickly, you can tent it with a piece of foil. Check on the bread at the 45 minute mark just to see what the deal is. Cool in the rack for about 15 minutes and then transfer to a rack to cool. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Bread will be moist for 1-2 days.

Recipe adapted from Epicurious

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  • Reply Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 30, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I’m absolutely loving what goes in this bread. I mean, I would never turn down anything that involves pistachios. They are my favorite kind of nuts. Can’t wait to give this a try!

  • Reply Margarita April 30, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Oh my goodness! I just made a cardamom pistachio cake from the hungry ghost blog and it was incredible! Would definitely give this one a try too! All cakes made with buttermilk are simply the best and I’m kinda addicted to cardamom right now. It’s one of my favorite spices!

  • Reply Eileen April 30, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    I have to say I totally loved the bubblegum ice cream–at least while under age six. This pistachio business is much more up my alley now!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna May 1, 2012 at 12:54 am

      Hahah awww! This is totally okay.

  • Reply Terry April 30, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    This bread has two ingredients i love, pistachio and cardamom… I saved the recipe cos it sounds and looks delicious! Thanks and compliments!

  • Reply Megan May 1, 2012 at 1:30 am

    This sounds like a fab idea and I can’t wait to try it. Would it work with spelt flour or is that too heavy and savoury?

    Also, I’ve read the recipe a few times and feel like I’m missing something. Where’s the cardamom? I’m wondering if you use pods or ground and how it’s incorporated. It’s early and I haven’t had coffee so it’s possible my brain is just not working yet and it’s there!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna May 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      I found this recipe already pretty dense (in a good way!) so I imagine spelt would make it even more so. Maybe replace the 1 cup of whole wheat with 1/2 cup of all-purpose and 1/2 cup of spelt. That might be delicious. And the cardamom is in there now!

      • Reply Healthy Living Val May 2, 2012 at 8:06 am

        What about a substitute for the corn meal? Such a great combination of flavors and there are never enough chances to use cardamom.

        • Adrianna
          Reply Adrianna May 2, 2012 at 11:07 am

          You can simply add more all-purpose flour if you like.

  • Reply Villy @ For the love of Feeding May 1, 2012 at 1:31 am

    When I was little I was going for chocolate-pistachio (2 scoops, yesss) ice cream cone. Now with all the fancy flavors I’m just confused… This bread looks delicious (with tea, coffee, ice cream or alone), I love cardamom!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna May 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      Good combo.

  • Reply Blog is the New Black May 1, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Pistachio is not a weirdo ice cream flavor! And I like to see pistachios in recipes more… this sounds awesome! They are my fiances favorite!

  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou May 1, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Pistachio is the best…can’t wait to try this bread!

  • Reply Carrie May 1, 2012 at 3:59 am

    i also don’t see the cardamon in the recipe? Otherwise it looks amazing!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna May 1, 2012 at 11:39 pm

      It’s there now! I forgot it like an idiot. 🙁

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 1, 2012 at 4:13 am

    I would absolutely love this! Pistachio freak right here!

  • Reply From Cupcakes, With Love May 1, 2012 at 4:57 am

    bubblegum and pistacho ice cream are my favourites. not together of course haha! although that could be interesting….hmmm…and this bread looks yum 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie May 1, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Cardamom pistachio quickbread, GET IN MAH BELLY.

  • Reply sarah May 1, 2012 at 6:59 am

    This looks so good! I am in love with cardamom, and pistachios and honey seem like such a great pairing. Mint + chocolate ice cream was always my favorite as a kid. I remember sleepovers at my Grandma’s house where she let me eat it right out of the container. It was awesome. 😉

  • Reply Monique May 1, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Sounds great! How much cardamon did you use?

  • Reply suzy May 1, 2012 at 7:28 am

    This looks so delicious. I can’t wait to try making this! I am confused though because I did not see cardamom listed as an ingredient in the recipe. How much cardamom did you use? Thanks!!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna May 1, 2012 at 8:13 am

      Ahhh! Just added it!

  • Reply Emily @ She Makes and Bakes May 1, 2012 at 7:30 am

    I was always a rocky road girl. This bread looks fantastic. Love the flavors, and I will be trying this!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna May 1, 2012 at 11:39 pm

      Oh rocky road! I was in it for the marshmallows.

  • Reply erin @ yummy supper May 1, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Adrianna, what does it say about me that I liked all six of those ice cream flavors? Bubble Gum included!
    Cardamom and pistachio are a dream combo for me. I could eat that bread for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

  • Reply Alexandra May 1, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I LOVE ice cream in general (currently I’m on a lavender kick) but I am still one of those weirdos that enjoys bubble gum ice cream! Usually, the gum they use in the ice cream is like you said hard and unchewable. However, if you ever wanted really great bubble gum ice cream Tillamook makes a bubble gum flavor with dissolvable bubblegum pieces so you still get the mouth-feel (that sounds weird) of gum without it being hard and it is crazy delicious.

    This recipe looks amazing, in fact, all of your recipes look that way!


    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna May 1, 2012 at 11:40 pm

      Whoa. That’s really interesting and good to know.

  • Reply Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet May 1, 2012 at 9:07 am

    That’s so funny that you said that about bubblegum ice cream…my husband makes fun of me whenever I order it! I’m very particular though…I don’t like bubblegum ice cream where the actual ice cream part is cotton candy flavored. Yuck.

    There is a place near me that makes their own ice cream. They have a cookies n’ cream where the put the Oreos in COFFEE ICE CREAM

  • Reply Hannah-lyz May 1, 2012 at 9:17 am

    You had pistachio icecream available as a kid?? Where I grew up, flavours were very basic! Mint chocolate chip was an out-there flavour, and that’s what I always got! If only they’d had pistachio! I could have had a scoop of each 😉 x

  • Reply Jennifer the Story Lady May 1, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I used to make Swedish cardamom cookies and this reminds me of that … yumm.

  • Reply mellissa @ ibreatheimhungry May 1, 2012 at 10:53 am

    This looks so beautiful and I’m intrigued by this flavor combo! I love pistachios and it’s been one of my go-to ice cream flavors for as long as I can remember! Never bubble gum! But I have to disagree with the mint chocolate chip and cookies in cream being interchangeable! I feel about chocolate chunks in ice cream the way you do about bubble gum – it’s hard and waxy and not pleasant to eat. Cookies on the other hand – yummy! Especially mint ice cream WITH cookies in it – bliss!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna May 1, 2012 at 11:40 pm

      You’re passionate about ice cream flavors. I dig it.

  • Reply Angela @ The Dancer Bakes May 1, 2012 at 10:56 am

    First of all: the color that made you love pistachio ice cream so much? Totally the thing that turned me off from it haha. I wouldn’t eat mint chocolate chip for years, either, thanks to the crazy green food coloring in most versions…I dunno, something about green ice cream gave me the willies. But for the record? I love the idea of this bread. Also, pistachios are heavenly and I need to convince myself to look past the willie-giving color and chow down on that ice cream!

  • Reply Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes May 1, 2012 at 11:00 am

    You´re SO right about pistacho being the ugly ice-cream as kids! And now, we are willing to pay anything for those green pebbles…! You have a great blog and a style of writing that brings out a laugh every time!

  • Reply Let Me Eat Cake May 1, 2012 at 11:38 am

    this sounds good! i’ve never even thought to make a pistachio quick bread but seems so obviously delish esp with cardamom and definitely even better with a scoop of ice cream on top!

  • Reply Kristin May 1, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Am about to make this. Glad you added the cardamom in the blog, but thought you should know it’s still missing in the printable recipe.

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna May 1, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Good gracious. I updated that too but I forgot to save. Phew! One of the days. It’s there now! Thanks for pointing that out. 🙂

      • Reply Kristin May 1, 2012 at 1:18 pm

        It is in the oven, & the batter tasted delicious. I love the texture from the cornmeal. With the honey, cardamom & pistachios, it almost tasted like a somewhat healthier baklava. YUM.

  • Reply AJ May 1, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Would bake time be any different for a ceramic loaf pan?

  • Reply Valerie @ Sex, Food, and Rock & Roll May 1, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Goodness! I love everything in this. I guess I need to get me some pistachios and hop to it. I can already smell this bread in my mind and it’s making me HUNGRY!

  • Reply Pooja May 1, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I am intrigued, gonna try it. Plus, life’s too short not to put people in boxes based on their ice cream taste. I love trader joes lemon gingersnap mmmmm

  • Reply Martha @ Weekend Doings May 1, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    This bread looks delicious. Love the fact that it is sweetened with honey.

  • Reply Rachel @ The Avid Appetite May 2, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I’ve always loved pistachio ice cream AND pistachio pudding! So pretty and delicious. Your bread looks gorgeously delicious! 🙂

  • Reply erin @WELLinLA May 2, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Can’t do ice cream as an adult. Totally a rocky road girl as a child.

    But I can make this delicious looking bread and add mini dark chocolate chips to the batter for just the right amount of sin.

  • Reply Alison May 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Ooo…I’m loving the flavour combo idea with this! Pistachios are fabulous.

  • Reply Chase l Oh The Cuteness! May 2, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Oh yum! Cardamom is such an under-used spice, thanks for this!

  • Reply Jillian in Italy May 3, 2012 at 12:58 am

    The Salted Pistachio gelato here in Italy will change your life. It is so so so delicious. I’ve been known to drive over an hour to a particular gelateria just to get the best one I’ve had.

    Love this bread recipe. Will give it a try very soon.

    Now I’m thinking I should try making my own pistachio ice cream….

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  • Reply Cookie and Kate May 3, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    When I was a kid, I was totally into pistachio pudding! Pistachio pudding with crumbled graham crackers is the best ever. I still crave it sometimes. Now I’m craving this bread! Cardamom, pistachio, cornmeal, honey… sounds so perfect.

  • Reply Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen May 4, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Pistachio ice cream has always been my fav! Actually I love pistachio-anything.

  • Reply Valerie @ Sex, Food, and Rock & Roll May 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    This bread took 10 years to bake. I don’t know where I went wrong, but it was in the oven at least an hour and a half. For-ev-er! I did have to bust out the foil because it was getting really brown on the edges, but when finished it’s all nice and pretty and pretty dang good too. Not too sweet. The pistachio flavor is very delicate to me, which I like, but my fiancé hates pistachios and said that’s all he can taste. Oooops…more for me!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna May 4, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      Whoa! An hour and a half?! That’s wild. Is your oven working correctly? But I’m glad that after the 10 years it took to bake you like it! YAY!

  • Reply Sophie May 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Ever since I was introduced to black walnut ice cream at the age of eight, it has been my favorite ice cream flavor. I always loved how the man at the ice cream counter would always have me repeat my order because he thought he didn’t hear me right! Oh, but I’ve definitely going to have to try pistachio the next chance I get!

  • Reply Barb Bamber May 8, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Hahaha.. love your philosophy! If I love peppermint stick ice cream.. what would that mean, lol?? This looks like a lovely recipe.. might be the one I make for book club tomorrow!! xo Smidge

  • Reply Alessandra May 10, 2012 at 3:30 am

    I was wondering what to make with the pistachios I have in my pantry, now I have found the solution, this recipe looks amazing, thanks.

  • Reply Laura Dembowski May 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I love making quickbread, and I have been wanting to try cardamom in my baked goods for a long time. I’ve always been hesitant, but I think I’m going to go for it with this recipe.

  • Reply Alison Jean Cole June 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    God Bless you for sharing this recipe. My family is gonna eat the hell out of this tasty bread.

  • Reply JenBen August 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    You realize that cardamom is not in one of the steps? I assume it goes in step 1.

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna August 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      Just added it!

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