Cranberry and Pistachio cupcakes

Another slight variation on a basic buttercake recipe.  With Christmas just around the corner, more red and green!  You should get around 9 to 10 cupcakes.

Cranberry and pistachio cupcakes

Cranberry and pistachio cupcakes


125 grams butter;

1/2 cup caster sugar;

1 egg, beaten;

1 1/2 cups sr flour (I used gluten free which does cause the cake to ‘crack’ more than regular flour, but it was still ok and now suitable for the coeliac in my house);

Up to 1 cup of cream – add to mixture a bit at a time until the batter is thick and of a spoonable consistency;

1/4 cup dried cranberries;

1/4 cup roughly chopped pistachios.

Cream the butter and sugar, gradually add the beaten egg, mixing all the time.  Add cranberries and pistachios and mix.  Add flour and cream alternately.

Pour into cupcake moulds or papers, and bake in a 170 C fan forced oven (or 180 regular) for about 20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.  Let it cool in the tin for a few minutes before putting on a rack to cool.

White chocolate, cranberry & pistachio bark – gluten free. Ideal for picnics – Melbourne Cup anyone?

This is so easy to make and is ideal to take on a picnic so long as you can keep it cold (or it will melt).

The secret to a good white chocolate bark is to use a good quality white chocolate, and to add something for a bit of tartness to offset the sweetness of the white chocolate – hence the cranberry.  You need to use dried fruits because a fresh berry would be too liquid and would change the chemical balance of the chocolate.

White chocolate, cranberry & pistachio bark

White chocolate, cranberry & pistachio bark

225g white chocolate, either use good quality melts or break up a block of eating chocolate

1/4 cup each of chopped pistachios and chopped dried cranberries

Put a sheet of baking paper on a flat baking tray.

Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and microwave in 30 second bursts, shaking bowl after each time.  After the third burst, take bowl out and stir until melted and smooth.  Mix in the fruit & nuts.

Pour onto the baking paper, forming a rectangle. The chocolate should be about 3-4 ml thick.

Put in the fridge to set, when set cup up into pieces and enjoy.  If you pack some into an insulated container so it doesn’t melt, it will transport very well for the finishing touch to a picnic.