I love this recipe for a cinnamon spiced pear and sultana loaf cake. I have lots of recipes like this one which simply require you to tip the wet and dry ingredients into two different bowls, mix, combine, and bake. You don’t even need a set of scales, just measuring cups.
The result of this recipe far outweighs the effort you have to put into it – it looks yummy and tastes fan-bloody-tastic. It’s the kind of baking I really love – honest, tasty, and unpretentious. I made this to take to playgroup with me this week and it took me around ten minutes to whip up the ingredients and pop in the oven. There’s also no butter in this recipe so it’s a great one if you find yourself grocery challenged (as I frequently do when I make wild promises to bake for something and leave it till the last minute!).
If you want a quick, easy alternative to banana bread, this is the go!
You Will Need…
- 1 1/2 Cups Of Self Raising Flour
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 Teaspoon Bicarb Soda
- 1/2 Cup Milk
- 1/3 Cup Canola Oil
- 1 Cup Pear, Peeled, Deseeded, & Diced into 2 – 3 cm chunks. (I try to use very ripe pears)
- 1 Cup sultanas or raisins
- Lightly greased sillicone loaf tin or a lined metal loaf tin
Method… (Try To Keep Up, This Is Complicated!)
- Whack on your oven to 170c
- Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
- Mix the dry ingredients and make a well in the centre.
- Pop the wet ingredients into a smaller bowl. Whisk lightly.
- Throw wet and dry ingredients in together. Mix.
- Add Fruit. Mix
- Bake for around 50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
- Leave loaf to cool in tin for a few minutes before turning out onto a wire cooling rack.
The Process In Pictures…
More of a visual type? Here’s my morning of cake baking fun in the form of some arty type pictures 😉
You have to try a slice of this when it’s oven fresh… it’s sooooo good! Other than that, it’s delicious with butter (only real stuff, none of that can’t believe it’s not carry on) and also toasted.
- Add just about any type of dried fruit in place of the sultanas. You could use figs, prunes, mixed fruit etc. You could probably use dried cranberries or blueberries and miss out the cinnamon spices, maybe try a drop of vanilla essence if you do that I think it probably needs a bit of “something” for added flavour as unlike banana bread the taste of pear doesn’t permeate right through.
- Miss out the spices and make it a chocolate loaf by replacing a couple tablespoons of flour for some chocolate baking powder. Bit of vanilla essence to make a nice flavour and it’d be beautiful. If you had some, you could also add some dark chocolate chips. Oooh, that’d be lovely!
- I haven’t tried this, but if you were really pushed for time / ingredients you could use tinned pears in syrup. The recipe isn’t excessively sugary so the additional sweetness wouldn’t be overpowering. If you do this, let me know how you went. Would love to know!