Friday, September 16, 2011

Pear and White Chocolate Chip Bread

Hi I'm Leah. I have to confess....I have OCD.

I love routine. Things have to be just so for me to feel 'right'.

I stayed at my in law's house last weekend, and noticed the toilet rolls were the wrong way round, so I went and changed them all. They have to have the paper on the top, not the bottom! Don't people know they have to have the pattern side up!!! hahahah!!

Don't get me wrong, I'm not too bad. My house isn't perfectly straightened and organised. Well it used to be, but I have different priorities right now. It is a messy, but organised chaos. Somethings just look to be way to overwhelming right now. But not my baking!

I noticed this this morning. I wanted to bake a pear bread for morning tea. The first step for me is lining the tin with baking paper. I like it just so. It has to be straight in the tin. I hate it when it is all over the place....mad right??? I know but I can't help it! I won't go nuts if it ends up crooked, I just don't feel right.

I even clean as I go. I hate a messy kitchen. I can't even start working in the kitchen unless it is clean.

I usually start the baking process, clutter free, for a clutter free mind, and sort of knowing what I'm going to bake. I then put it all together in my head before I get into the kitchen. I know this is crazy, but what can I say? Once I'm in the kitchen I know exactly what I want to do. The only thing is the measurements. I don't measure, much. I go by instinct and feel. Most of the time it works, others not so much. I love coming up with different breads all the time. This is half the fun!

This bread is wonderful if you have a love for white chocolate. It isn't too sweet, it has just the right amount of chocolate studded throughout the bread. Of coarse add as much as you want, remembering that white chocolate is super sweet!

1 1/2 cup wholemeal flour
1/4 cup coconut
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup white choc bits
1/2 cup vanilla sugar
2 medium pears whole not peeled
1/3 cup light olive oil
2 eggs
1 tablespoon sour cream

Blitz up the pears, until they are still chunky. Add the eggs, oil and sour cream. Blend until smooth, don't worry if there are a few pears chunks in the mix.

In a medium bowl add the flour, coconut, baking powder, cinnamon, choc bits and sugar. Mix these really well.

Add the wet mix to the dry, and mix until all the ingredients are incorporated.

Bake in a preheated 160C oven, for 55 minutes.


  1. This looks amazing Leah!!! And reasonably healthy too, love it! Pears are soo delicious in cakes :) xx

  2. Thanks Hannah!! reasonably healthy works for me heheheh :D

  3. What a great idea!
    With the price of bananas what they are you need to work with something else... so why now pear!
    Will have to give it a go soon!
    Bought a slice of pear and raspberry bread while out today for $3.50 ! I should just make it and it would end up being so so much cheaper...

  4. YUMMMM and dont worry I have the same toilet paper issue. When I am feeling extra crazy clean and have cleaned the bathroom I fold the corners of the new roll like they do in the hotel... Yes.. I have ... issues *cough*

  5. Yum!! I agree, it's so much fun to go in the kitchen & just create! Beautiful creation here. You don't sound like you have OCD, you just like things neat! Hehe :)
    Heidi xo

  6. I love baking with pears Sammie. They keep the bread super moist and sweet.

    THANK YOU Sophie! Someone understands the correct way of dealing with toilet paper rolls LOL :D

    Oh you are being too kind Heidi, I know I have a problem.....But i'm happy to embrace it ;)

  7. I like white chocolate and I love pears so I think I'd really like this bread. And a bit of sour cream never goes astray! :)

  8. Leah, this sounds splendiferous! I've never made a pear loaf, though I guess I've made pear cake which isn't so different! And yes, the toilet roll paper should be on top. Otherwise you have to go searching for it from underneath, which is plain STUPID. :P

  9. OH! This looks incredible and my Mr. would worship me if I tried it out... this is right up his alley! Thanks for the great recipe!
    - Catherine @ The Spring (In Brisbane)

  10. Thanks Lorraine!

    Thank you Hannah, yes it is stupid if the toilet paper is underneath!

    Awww thank you Catherine. You have to try this, it is super yummy. And great cause u can freeze leftovers, not that we ever have any in this house ;)


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