Pear and Dark Chocolate Loaf Cake


It’s that time of the year when it’s getting cooler and I think Autumn is sneaking up on us. I must say, I don’t mind. There’s something so magical about the falling leaves and the change of season, it’s the start of the time of year I crave more rich flavours, like this cake. These days my life is all about making things more simple. Before I was a mum, I couldn’t have imagined the way my multi-tasking skills would be put to the test on a daily basis. So, like a few other things in my life, baking has become something of a luxury, me-time, often mid-night, activity. Sometimes I just so enjoy the quiet after a long day with my little one, that I simply can’t switch off and just savour the moment…

For days like those, I have recipes like these… An awesome recipe for a picnic or weekend at the sea. These portions are remnants from my mother-in-law’s weekend-baking. This has become a favourite of hers too.





225g castor sugar

110g butter

3 eggs (large)

pinch vanilla extract

250g self-raising flour

pinch of salt

2 pears, chopped (I used tinned)

100g dark chocolate, chopped

1 cup dried cranberries (optional)



Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Beat the butter and the sugar together until they are light and fluffy, and add the eggs one at a time, mixing in-between.

Add the vanilla and add the sifted flour. Stir this until combined.

Add the chopped pear, chocolate and cranberries into the batter.

Spoon the batter into a greased, lined bread tin and bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Allow to cool and serve!


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