Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Pear, Ginger and Chocolate Loaf

This little loaf takes a few familiar baking ingredients and brings them together into something that I think is really interesting, both in flavour and texture. The pears give the loaf a lovely fragrant fruitiness, which balances nicely with the spicy sweetness of the ginger and slight bitterness of the chocolate. I admit it doesn't look particularly spectacular, but for me it really delivers.

Prep time: 15 Mins
Baking time: 60 Mins
100ml Vegetable Oil
100ml Milk
100g Stem Ginger Syrup
2 Medium Eggs
150g Self Raising Flour
25g Cocoa Powder
75g Dark Soft Brown Sugar
1tsp Ground Ginger
75g Chopped Stem Ginger (About 4)
2 Pears (Peeled, cored and roughly chopped)
100g Chocolate Chips

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4, grease a 22cm loaf tin and line the base with baking paper. In a bowl or large jug mix together the vegetable oil, milk, syrup and eggs. Set to one side, so you can get on with the dry ingredients. In a fresh bowl combine the flour, cocoa, sugar and ground ginger. Pour in the wet ingredients and beat, until you are left with a smooth batter. Fold through the chopped ginger, pears and chocolate chips, then pour into your prepared tin. Bake in the centre of the oven for 60 minutes, until a metal skewer can be cleanly removed from the centre. Once cooked, leave for 30 minutes in the tin, then turn out onto a wire rack until completely cool. Easy! 

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