There are no refined ingredients, no added sugar, it contains fruit, has no added fat (except for the natural oils in the nuts) and stil tastes great! Why buy it when you can do it better yourself!
- 6 pears
- 4 star anise
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 100g dried berries
- 150g mixed, chopped nuts (well chopped if this will be given to young children)
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 200g wholemeal flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- A sprinkling of chopped nuts to go on the top
Makes 1 loaf (approx. 20 slices)
- Preheat the oven to 170C and line a 25cm loaf tin with greeseproof paper.
- Start by chopping the pears, roughly, and placing into a large pan with just enough water to cover the base of the pan. Add the star anise and cinnamon stick and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and then cook for around 10 minutes until the pears are soft. Remove from the heat, stir in the dried berries and allow to stand until cool.
- When the pears are cool you can remove the star anise and cinnamon stick.
- Keep the mixture in the pan (saves washing up), add the chopped nuts and mix well.
- In a separate bowl beat the eggs and add the vanilla. Now add this to the pear mixture and mix well.
- You can now add the flour and baking powder and mix until completely combined and resembles a batter consistency.
- Take your loaf tin and pour in the mixture, if you wish you can sprinkle a few extra chopped nuts on top before cooking.
- Bake in the middle of the oven for 60 minutes. You will know when it is done because it will be golden brown, firm to touch and you shouldn’t hear popping when you listen to it closely.
- Place on a cooling rack and allow it to fully cool before eating. Store in an air tight container (in a cool place), also freezes well.