Haha! I am sure you are wondering what in the heck is Pearana Bread…
The other day I had the yen to bake a banana loaf. No, there weren’t heaps of fly covered old bananas yet – but I was moved to never the less.
In order so that it could be eaten by the ‘Off The Sugar’ crowd (Pa Russy and my Troll), I decided I was going to leave out the sugar completely and make it with brown flour. As I was putting the mixture together I got a sudden feeling of panic that the bread wouldn’t be at all sweet, just taste vaguely of banana – and be some sort of bland non descript bread without a proper identity. Noooo!
And then a beam of inspiration hit me. Quickly – grate a pear into it! Grabbing a large pear, I did just that.
Into the oven went my banana (and pear) loaf.
About and hour or so later the Troll and I sampled it. Y.U.M. It’s so great when one comes up with a new recipe that really rocks – and meets special dietary requirements!
Just in case you are wondering exactly what the pear adds to this loaf – let me wax lyrical quickly. The pear gives the loaf quite a lot of lightness surprisingly. It of course adds in a bit of sweetness, and I found that the bread was beautifully crumbly. This I think is partly due to the grainy texture of pears.
Another thing I added in, was a couple left over blocks of my Vegan Chocolate Bark. It melted in gorgeously, and yielded up delicious chocolaty spots! If you want to do this too but do not have the chocolate bark, you could use regular chocolate.
In case you were wondering what the other loaf in the pics are – that is a variation of my Last Minute Soda Bread. I hate heating up a whole huge oven for one measly loaf, so I try to double up when baking. These two actually make a great combo in the oven. Often when trying to bake two things at a time – the prep times are different, and you end up practically baking them separately anyway. Fortunately the Pearana Bread (hehe: P) and Soda Bread are so easy to put together you can do the mixes simultaneously no problem.
Anyway, enough me talking, the quicker you try this loaf the better for all concerned. : D
Pearana BreadPrint This
- 2 large bananas
- 11/2 cup brown flour
- 1 large pear
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons ground linseed (for extra fibre - optional)
- 4 heaped tablespoons coconut flour (if you do not have just add in 2 tablespoons extra flour)
- 3 eggs
- dash of salt
- 3 squares of chopped up Vegan Chocolate Bark (you could use regular chocolate if you want, just use a few more squares)
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- Dash powdered cloves
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Beat the eggs on high until they are light and foamy.
- In a separate bowl beat the banana and coconut oil together until well combined. To this you can add all of the other ingredients except the vinegar and raising agents.
- Now dissolve the raising agents and add the vinegar into the beaten eggs.
- Combine the two bowls, and the chopped Chocolate Bark or regular chocolate. Fold gently to combine.
- Pour into a well greased and floured bread pan.
- Set to bake in the oven at 356 degrees Fahrenheit (170 degrees Celsius) for about 25 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean when inserted into the loaf.
- Once done, turn out and leave to cool on a wire wrack.
If you find the mixture slightly stiff, you can add a small amount of water or milk. Do not overdo it however. : )