About this recipe:This bread is more like a cake than a bread. Fresh pear slices are dotted through these lightly spiced loaves. Enjoy thickly sliced for afternoon tea, elevenses or for general snacking.
Makes: 2 loaves
300g dark brown soft sugar
250ml vegetable oil
4 tablespoons black treacle
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
4 very firm pears, thinly sliced
375g plain flour
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Method Prep:30min › Cook:1hr › Ready in:1hr30min
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4 and generously grease two large loaf tins. (The long pieces of pear make the loaves more susceptible to sticking in the tins and falling apart, so make sure you grease the tins generously.)
In a large bowl, combine dark brown soft sugar, vegetable oil, black treacle and eggs. Mix in salt, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and allspice. Stir the pear slices in, coating them evenly. Stir in the flour. Pour batter into the prepared loaf tins
Bake for 50 to 65 minutes. Allow loaves to cool in tins about ten minutes before removing them and placing them on a wire rack to cool completely.
It is very important that you add the pears BEFORE the flour. If you try stirring them in after you've added the flour, it will seem impossible to mix them evenly into the thick batter.