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Take A Pear…

April 1, 2013

If you hadn’t noticed, pears are really cheap in Brisbane at the moment. Really cheap!

They are a great source of insoluble fibre and vitamin C with most of the vitamin C, as well as the dietary fibre, contained within the skin of the fruit, so try not to peel them. Pears are less allergenic than many other fruits, and pear juice is often used as the first juice introduced to infants but caution is recommended as all fruit juice contains significant amounts of concentrated sugars.

We love pears in our house but my pear eaters are fussy…..they like them green and hard….. and then, a little less firm…..but, going on any softer than that, or heaven forbid, yellow, the said pears are destined to go yellower and then brown and then squashy….the pear eating window has past!!!

When this happens, I always forestall to my perennial favourite cake that I have been making for years. A heavily spiced (read “cinnamon-ified”) moist cake made on pears or apples & oil..

The original was made with normal plain flour but it has successfully transitioned into a gluten-free delight and is always a hit whenever I serve it!

4 pears (ripe or unripe – cooking time will vary depending on ripeness) – chopped coarsely
160g buckwheat
1/2 teas guar gum
1/4 teas salt
100g rapadura sugar (I use an 110g erythritol/stevia mix)
50g honey or coconut nectar
1 teas bicarb soda
2 eggs
75g macadamia oil or coconut oil or olive oil*
1 teaspoon cinnamon (or 2, to taste)
handful of chopped walnuts or pecans
Mill the buckwheat with the salt for 1 minute on SP 9. Add the guar gum, bicarb & cinnamon and mix on SP 6 for 3 seconds. Set aside.
In the unwashed TM, add the oil, sugar, eggs & honey and mix for 20 seconds on SP 6. Add the pears, nuts & flour mix and mix on SP 1 REVERSE for 5 – 10 seconds until combined.
Pour into a greased and lined loaf pan or ring tin and bake for 35 minutes. If the pears are very unripe the cooking time may be a bit longer. Test with a skewer for doneness. 
*Nutritionally, olive oil is best not cooked but it will work fine.



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