Spiced Pear Bread

    1 hour 30 min

    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.

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    Makes: 2 loaves

    • 300g dark brown soft sugar
    • 250ml vegetable oil
    • 4 tablespoons black treacle
    • 3 eggs
    • 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

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

    1. 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.)
    2. 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
    3. 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.

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    Loved this recipe! Also missed out on the cloves.  -  14 Mar 2014


    simple recipe easy to follow and tastes great. added a bit more cinnamon and another 2 pears, the ones i had were small. left out cloves, as i don't like them. very moist.  -  19 Nov 2013


    The most delicious, moist gingerbread ever. Just know that I think the author meant 3 eggs instead of 3 Tbs. of eggs. Excellent recipe.  -  14 Oct 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)