zondag 5 april 2015

A pistachio cake and a vintage dress


While I was leafing through my cookery books to decide what to prepare for our Easter Sunday brunch, my middle daughter Magalie, who is a keen baker, made a pistachio loaf.  As the taste is absolutely divine and the cake is very pleasing to the eye, I thought I would share the recipe with you. It's from the book Cake Days, by the Hummingbird bakery.

As soon as the pistachio loaf was out of the oven, my spinach, feta and egg pie went in. Those of you who are on instagram, may have seen it already. The recipe was taken from a beautiful German garden book Geniessen im Garten, which was sent to me by Callway publishers.

I am giving away a copy of this book to one lucky winner. If you are interested, please have a look at next weeks blog post. I will show you the pie I baked as well.

The floral vintage dress on my photo's was one of three dresses I recently found in a lovely shop in Rotterdam, called 'Ruby Lee and the Vintage factory'. I you are looking for something special to wear, dating from the 1950's to the 1980s, for a reasonable price, this shop is worth a visit! A lovely excuse to visit my home town ;-).

Wishing you all a Happy Easter with family and friends and a good new week!


Madelief x

190g unsalted butter
190g caster sugar
3 large eggs
190g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
25ml soured cream
1 tsp vanilla essence
100g shelled pistachio nuts, roughly chopped

120g icing sugar
40g ground pistachio nuts

Preheat oven to 180C/160 Fan oven

Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy
Add the eggs one at a time
Sieve together flour and baking powder and add to the mix in two stages.
Stir in the sour cream, vanilla and pistachios.
Transfer into a greased loaf tin and bake for about one hour
Turn out and leave to cool while you whip up the icing
Prepare the icing.
Add the chopped pistachios 


53 opmerkingen:

  1. I cannot tell you how much joy rushes through my creative soul, Madelief, when I come to see you. Bright and new, colorful and warm, your home, YOU, your flowers, your cakes.....all of it, is such a gift. This cake looks OUTSTANDING! Wishing you a perfect evening as you ponder on the newness of things, of life and love. IT IS FOREVER. Hugs, Anita

  2. Den Kuchen muss ich backen, wir alle lieben Pistazien!!! Wie immer zauberhafte Fotos und Deinen Stil mag ich ja eh sehr gern!

  3. This pistachio loaf looks divine! I am happy to see Spring in your photos since we wake up this Easter morning to snow!!! I could't believe it :(
    Wishing you a Blessed Easter!

  4. Lieve Madelief,

    De cake ziet er heerlijk uit en in combinatie met de narcissen geeft het een echt paasgevoel. Leuk dat je dochter zo actief is met bakken, maar dat heeft ze nauurlijk niet van een vreemde.

    De komende week krijgen we heel mooi lenteweer, ik hoop dat je dan wel de gelegenheid hebt om naar de tuin te gaan. De voorjaarsbloemen schieten bij jou vast de grond uit :-).

    Ik wens je een zonnige week! Veel liefs, Ingrid

  5. Ziet er heerlijk uit! Gezellige paasdagen! Groetjes, Hetty

  6. Happy Easter to you and your lovely daughters Madelief! The cake looks delicious, I will definitely write this down to make soon. You look lovely in your vintage dress and the photos of your home look beautiful! Lets hope the weather improves from now on...Hugs Sharon x

  7. Die cake ziet er lekker uit zeg ...!!...mooie jurk hoor fijne pasen en ik kan niet wachten op je volgende post liefs Ria..x!

  8. De cake ziet er mooi én lekker uit, en wat een prachtige jurk! Super voor Pasen!

  9. Dearest Madelief,
    the cake realy looks deliciuos, great compliment to your baking daughter! Also beautiful the bright yellow daffodils and your new vintage spring dress!
    Kind regards, hugs and HAPPY EASTER, my dear!
    XOX Traude
    (⁀‵⁀,) ✿

  10. The cake looks beautiful, dear Madelief!
    Happy Easter to you and your family!

  11. Delicious looking cake! Your home is so beautiful. Happy Easter! xx

  12. This post is such a lovely illustration of Easter colour. The cake, the dress, the daffodils, all so lovely. Happy Easter!

  13. Your cake is fab and looks wonderful, thank you so much for the recipe. I love your dress too, what a find, a shop to visit often xx Happy Easter
    Hugs Lynn

  14. Hello Madelief

    You look fabulous in that vintage dress. The colours are beautiful and spring like. The menu at your house sounds and looks delicious. Happy Easter to all of you

  15. I just love visiting you when you post photos of your lovely home, things and flowers.. and the baked goods are very yummy looking! ❀.•❤•.✿.•❤ Happy Easter! ❀.•❤•.✿.•❤
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  16. Happy Easter Madelief and family! Your Spring decor and loaf look wonderful. What a great vintage dress... it looks fabulous on you! Enjoy your day...

  17. The cake, the flowers, the rabbits all look good in the photo's .... as do you in that dress, just love those colours together.

    All the best Jan

  18. .Wooo what a beautiful cake ! Beautiful and delicious ! I like your little rabbits, this is a very cute Easter decoration !
    I wish you an Happy Easter Madelief,
    Nath x

  19. Madelief, seeing this post on Easter evening has been a joy. Your vintage dress is so pretty. I smile to remind myself that vintage now includes an era that I hold dear...and that I've still got some of my own favorite clothes from that time in use. Wonderful styles and fabrics!

    The pistachio cake is very enticing. I think that your recipe should include one more ingredient...have a beautiful, talented daughter on hand to help you make this delicious cake. All the same, I do want to try it on my own.

    Hoping that you will have a look over at my place at the photographs I took at today's annual Fifth Avenue Easter Parade. The sun was bright even if the air was a bit chilly. Lots of joy on the Avenue.

    Happy Easter and xo to you and yours,

  20. Dear Madelief,

    What a beautiful post - the delicious looking cake, the pretty daffodils in your lovely home and then the dress you are wearing, you look fabulous and ready for a Spring outing.
    Hope you are enjoying Easter and wishing you a great week ahead

  21. Dear Madelief. This post is EASTER. Your photos are beautiful, Love the colors, and your dress looks fantastic on you. I bet your cake tasted heavenly.
    Hugs from here

  22. Your dress is so lovely and reminds me of the flowers in your garden! The loaf looks delicious, the colour of the nuts are a reminder of the freshness of spring and the forget me not is a wonderful finishing touch. Hope you had a good Easter with your family. Sarah x

  23. Hej Madelief.
    Mooi paasblog. De keek ziet er heerlijk en mooi uit, bijna zonde om aan te snijden, maar je hebt de foto's nog.
    Mooie jurk en de kleuren zie ik ook in je kaarsen weer terug. Fijne paasmaandag, lieve groet

  24. Echt pasen bij je....super! De cake ziet eruit om op te eten.......ben dol op pistache nootjes.
    En je jurk....geweldig! Zulke winkels heb je hier helaas niet ......zou het wel weten......shop till you drop ;)
    Fijne 2e paasdag


  25. What a beautiful Easter dress, Madelief, and how delicious looks the pistachio loaf, as well as pretty to see! Loving your little bunnies, too. Happy Easter to you and your girls. xx

  26. that dress really suits you and the cake is just so beautifully decorated. Enjoy the rest of your Easter!

  27. How pretty the pistachio cake looks....love all your gorgeous photos with that delicate spring like colour! Your dress is lovely too...I especially like the contrasting stripy cuffs and collar :) Have a happy Easter break!
    PS I will email you as soon as the tea cups arrive :)
    Helen xox

  28. Happy Easter, Madelief!
    Scrumptious! I will tuck this one in my "must-bake" file. Thank you for sharing the recipe.
    That dress looks great on you, too! XO
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  29. Madelief, you look greate in this dress!)))
    I love your candelabrum with candels of different colors)))
    Happy Easter!

  30. Met een dochter die dit heerlijks voor je maakt.....is het toch helemaal genieten.
    Hij ziet er verrukkelijk uit!!!
    Je hebt een heel leuke jurk gekocht, wat is dat toch met vintage, we blijven er toch naar terugkijken, het oude was zo slecht nog niet:) Heel vrolijk Madelief.

    Fijne week en liefs,

  31. ooh wat ziet dit er heerlijk uit zeg!!! nog een hele fijne paasavond

  32. SO much to love in this beautiful post dear Madelief! The loaf looks divine! Your photos are always so rich and colorful that I feel as though I have been someplace very special after visiting here. Your daffodils look happy-happy-happy!!!
    sending hugs...

  33. Ziet er ZO lekker & mooi uit!
    Leuke jurk, ben benieuwd naar de andere......
    tot vrijdag, ik verheug me erop je weer eens in het echt te zien!

  34. Flowers are é lovely. I have never tasted a pistachio cake. Your pistachio cake looks delicious. Your dress is a great find. I like the blue colour, looks lovely on you Madelief.

  35. Such a scrumptious looking pistachio loaf. It looks lovely there on the table with the bright daffodils and other flowers. Your new-to-you dress is beautiful and complements your hair so well.

  36. The cake looks so very good. I must try it.
    Your dress is like a breathe of springtime. A very nice find at the vintage shop.
    Now if I could just hop over there and visit this shop, I would do that tomorrow.

  37. Dearest Madelief,
    No matter what you photograph, you always find the most perfect color scheme with objects placed together. Always the perfect ingredients of romance, with fresh flowers and nice porcelain and even with a beautiful dress that you wore with flair!
    Compliments and also to Magalie for baking such a picture perfect pistachio cake.
    For sure you had a blissful Easter together.

  38. Dear Madelief, you look lovely in your vintage dress and the cake is very pretty and looks delicious! It is so nice to have a little peek inside your pretty home. I hope you and your sweet daughter had a very nice Easter. xo Karen

  39. Madelief! Your dress is the colours of daffodils and forget me nots - utterly perfect for Spring. Oh and the green of the pistachios on your cake is like the new hawthorn leaves emerging in our hedgerows here in the East of England. As ever your photos are a joy and a tonic. Thankyou for them. Emma

  40. Darling Madelief,

    All your daughters are so very talented, each in their own unique and highly individual ways. They clearly are following in the footsteps of their extremely skilful mother!

    The Pistachio cake looks and we are sure tasted, absolutely delicious. It looks so very pretty and Pistachio is such a great taste. We can imagine this to be the perfect cake when one does not want for anything too sweet but a cup of tea looks lonely without something by its side!

    You have such a great eye for things that will either decorate your beautiful home or will look fabulous on you. The dress is a winner. The colours really complement your complexion and the style is vintage with a contemporary twist. Perfect!

  41. mooi hoor de cake leuk ook met die vergeet mij nietjes boven op mooi jurkje lekker zomers en luchtig en helemaal terug van weg geweest met de bloementjes print
    een fijne week gewenst groetjes leon10

  42. The cake looks divine as does the pretty dress! M x

  43. Good morning dearest Madelief! Thank you for leaving me a comment on my blog and keeping it ALIVE. You are just the best. And we did indeed have a marvelous Easter. You should have seen the lilies in the big basilica we attended. It was all pomp and circumstance, and I LOVED IT!

    Enjoy your day dearest one! Anita

  44. The pistachio cake looks wonderful, thank you so much for sharing, I will definitely make one but will wait until my daughter goes back to university as she's allergic to nuts! Love your vintage dress. Hope you had a lovely Easter break. Jane xx

  45. I hope you had a wonderful Easter my lovely, if anyone deserves it it's you x x x

  46. It sounds so good! I must try the recipe :-) Hope you had wonderful eastern! Hugs Yvonne

  47. What a JOY at your place Madeliefje! I love visiting your blog...
    Have a happy week!

  48. Dat ziet er fantastisch uit! Allebei, de cake en jij in je prachtige vintage jurk ;-)
    Jammer dat ik nou net in Rotterdam was en Ruby Lee niet ben tegengekomen. Maar er was dan ook zoveel te zien in jouw stad!
    Liefs, Kyra

  49. What beautiful photographs again. It is always such a pleasure to come here and I always go away refreshed.

  50. Love your delicate dress and the stripy border. Your cake looks delicious and pretty topping and flowers _ thank you for the recipe. Beautiful post. Love Pat.


Thank you for your lovely words.