Spiced Loaf with Fresh Pear

Serves: 12
Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 55 minutes


  • 50g baking margarine
  • 50g vegetable oil
  • 95g light brown sugar
  • 4 level tbsp (about 85g) black treacle
  • 2 free range eggs beaten
  • 170g plain flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 140 ml semi skimmed milk warmedTo serve: fresh ripe pear


  1. Preheat the oven to 140C/fan 120C/Gas 1. Rub a little margarine over a 900g loaf tin and line the base with greaseproof and baking paper or use a loaf tin liner.
  2. Put the margarine, oil, sugar and treacle into a saucepan and heat gently, stirring, until melted.
  3. Leave to cool slightly and then stir in the beaten eggs, flour, cinnamon and ginger.
  4. Add the bicarbonate of soda to the warmed milk, and pour straight over the ginger mix and stir well.
  5. Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 50 - 55 minutes. The top of the loaf should have a slight crust, but if you insert a skewer it should come out clean.
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