Pear, chocolate and ginger loaf

This gorgeous recipe sees juicy pears, sweet chocolate and crystallised ginger come together in a delicious loaf. Dust with cinnamon sugar and serve warm, cold or toasted

By Sophie Gray
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 50 mins cooking
  • Makes 1
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This recipe first appeared in Food magazine.
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  • 1 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 pears, 1 coarsely chopped, 1 quartered and sliced into fan shapes
  • 1 tablespoon crystalised ginger, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or chunks
  • 1 cup plain unsweetened yoghurt
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease and line a loaf tin.
  • 2
    In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, spices and salt. In another bowl, combine the chopped pear, crystalised ginger and chocolate, and set aside.
  • 3
    Whisk together the yoghurt, eggs and vanilla.
  • 4
    Fold the yoghurt mixture into the dry ingredients until just mixed. Spread ⅓ of the batter in the loaf tin and scatter over ½ the chopped pear and chocolate mixture. Add another layer of batter, repeat with the pear mixture and cover with a final layer of batter.
  • 5
    Arrange the fanned pear quarters on top. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon and dust the loaf. Bake for 50 minutes or until cooked. Serve warm, cold or toasted.


  • Makes 1 large loaf. - To slice the pear quarters into fans, use a sharp knife and cut thin slices, keeping the piece joined at one end. - To line a loaf tin, cut a strip of baking paper long enough to extend over both long sides of the tin. PER SERVE (10) Energy 165kcal, 693kj • Protein 5.7g • Total Fat 3.7g • Saturated Fat 1.8g • Carbohydrate24.7 g • Fibre 2.4g • Sodium 143mg