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Nana Bread with Pear and Walnut

Updated: Jan 6, 2022

So ISO has got me baking and creating new recipes. I feel everyone is in the same boat, staying home and gorging on ISO snacks and binging on Netflix. Aaron and I started watching OC and we are hooked. But we are also trying not to watch tv all day so getting groovy in the kitchen is where I enjoy being.

Banana bread seems to be that one bakery treat that everyone can bake. I had some pears left over from my produce delivery so why the heck not combined the two.  This recipe is easy to make and ingredients easy to find if you don’t have them already in your kitchen.

If your not a baker its time to learn a new skill.

You Will Need:

1 tbsp flax seeds

1 cup rice flour (any flour you have on hand)

1 cup unbleached self-raising flour                              

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp bicarbonate soda

Pinch of salt

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

2 ripe bananas, peeled – optional one extra for on top 

1 packham pear, peeled and chopped into cubes (packham’s are available for most of the year)

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup non dairy milk (you can make your own from oats and water)

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup of walnuts, broken into small pieces

How to make:

Preheat the oven to 170°C fan forced (190°C conventional), Line a bread tin with baking paper (try and find compostable paper so you can compost after use) 

Place the flaxseeds in a small bowl and add 3 tablespoons of water, stir and set aside. 

In a mixing bowl sift the flours into the bowl; add the baking powder, bicarb soda, salt and cinnamon.  Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients.

In a blender place the two bananas, maple syrup, milk and oil and blend till smooth. Add the flax seed to the mixture and stir well to combine.

Pour the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until well combined; add the pear and walnuts (leaving some walnuts for the top) and fold them into the mixture. Pour the mixture into the bread tin.

Slice the extra banana in half for decoration and place in the middle, sprinkling the walnuts in between the banana on top. Bake for 45- 60 minutes or until skewer is inserted in the centre and comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and rest for 20 minutes before taking it out of the tin. If you have a wire rack transfer to on the rack for a further 20 minutes (if you don’t remove it from tin and place on a plate).

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