This Sweet and Spicy Pear Loaf is taking the lockdown bread making to a whole new level…and its well worth it.
Just look at it… Banana bread who?
I am no expert baker but if this bread recipe is one I can follow then so can you and the finished product is something to behold.
So on a different approach to why I think you should try this bread recipe is for your mental health. Take mindfulness, creativity and a dash of focus. Fold together gently, bake in a slow oven and watch your spirits rise. Yes, your time spent in the kitchen can enhance your mood and promote mental wellbeing. While cooking is clearly a means to satisfy the body’s need for food, it’s increasingly being recognised as a way of nurturing the mind. [According to Mind Food]
Im going to be honest that it is true for me too. I love the creativity involved in cooking and baking [although when it comes to baking i’m not great at following recipes – im more of a “wing it” type of baker] and then being able to create something that brings not only me joy but my friends and family too. Perhaps my kids take my cooking for granted [the macarons for Stevie’s baker baker were a masterpiece yet thrown around like fizzers] but it’s definitely more for me than anyone else. If you enjoy it then fabulous but I thoroughly enjoy making meals [Ask my friends…Im in charge of the menu planning on holidays because I LOVE it!]
What bread recipes did you get up to in Lockdown? – tag us on Insta or pop us an email and we can share for everyone to give it a try.
- Mix all the dry ingredients together and then add in the warm milk, beaten egg and melted butter.
- Mix together with a wooden spoon until combined – If you feel that it is a little dry you can add a bit of water.
- Take out of the bowl and knead on a floured surface until smooth and elastic. Place in a clean and oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place for an hour – until it has at least doubled in size.
- Warm your oven to 180C.
- Knock the dough down and knead again. Then, on a floured surface, roll out into a long sheet – about 20cm in width and 5mm thick.
- Mix the soft butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar together and smear all over the dough.
- Roll length ways and then cut into 3 long strips – so that you can plait it.
- Plait the long strips and then on a greased baking sheet place a side on the bottom, place on the pear, then wrap the plait around the pear.
- Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes or until brown on top.
- Take out and allow to cool.
- Serve as is or you can pour on some icing sugar and milk