This bread is sure to win over any sweet tooth. The combination of ingredients create an aromatic flavour with lovely textures, particularly from the seeds of the dried fig. I have used apple purée before to bake with which works as a great binder and source of sweetness; I wanted to try pear as they are my favourite fruit and I feel they are quite an English staple, with a variety of types available for most of the year. Simmering and mashing the pear did the job but I also like to leave one cut into pieces, again to develop the texture journey more!
This recipe requires no blender, no nuts and contains neither gluten, nor dairy, making it very accessible to all.
If you are not a fan of pears, swap them for apples; if you’re not a fan of figs, swap them for apricots; if you’re not a fan of cardamom, swap for cinnamon. These are just examples, of course make the bread exactly as you like it and enjoy being creative.
3 smaller or 2 larger Pears
1 large very ripe Banana
2 tbsps Chia Seeds (in 5tbsps water)
1/4c Coconut Sugar
2c Buckwheat Flour
1/2c Fine Oats
1 1/2 tbsps Ground Cardamom
1/2c Dried Figs
1tsp Baking Powder
1. Make purée: cover 2 of the 3 pears with water, just. Allow these to simmer for around 15 minutes until soft and squishy then take a fork and mash into a purée.
2. Make chia egg: soak the 2 tbsps of seeds in 5 tbsps of water, leave for 10 minutes.
3. Mash the banana in a large mixing bowl. Chop the figs and the last of the pear into small pieces. Combine all of the other ingredients.
4. Taste test. This will taste different when baked but if it doesn’t taste sweet enough for you then add more coconut sugar as it will taste less sweet when cooked.
5. Bake: add the mixture to a lined loaf tin and cook for 40 mins at about 150 degrees.
6. Remove from the oven and allow to sit for 20 minutes before enjoying your soft, sweet bread.