Pear & walnut bread with a butterscotch glaze

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Pear and walnut is a great combination in a salad so I thought it would be perfect in a dessert bread. The butterscotch glaze, I’m sure will remind you of your childhood if your grandparents were anything like mine. They always had butterscotch sweets to hand! And our parents could never say no to having them when they were given…

To be naughty once you’ve made the bread..you most likely will have some glaze left over which made a lovely dipping sauce as I found and indulged in. Enjoy x

INGREDIENTS

125g brown sugar
160g natural yoghurt
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
250g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
2 medium pears cubed 1 cm pieces
50g chopped walnuts

Butterscotch glaze
2 tbsp butter
2 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
1 1/2 tbsp milk
2-3 tbsp icing sugar

METHOD

• Preheat oven to 180c/350f/gas mark 4. Put the sugar, eggs, yoghurt and vanilla into a large mixing bowl and using an electric mixer on low. Combine all the ingredients well for approximately 2 minutes

• Mix in the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, soda of bicarbonate and salt. Lastly fold in the pear and walnuts

• Grease a loaf tin 9in x 5in x 3in and pour in the mixture into the tin. Bake for 50-60 minutes. Make sure a skewer comes out clean when poked into the middle of the bread. Take bread out after 30 minutes and place on a cooling rack to cool down completely

• To make the butterscotch glaze. Melt the butter and brown sugar, bring to the boil for 2 minutes whilst stirring continuously. Slow the heat down, add the milk and bring to the boil again. Let it bubble for a couple of minutes then take off the heat and set aside to cool

• Once cool, mix in the icing sugar and stir thoroughly to get all the lumps out. If glaze is too thick then add a little milk and if too thin then add a little more icing sugar

• The best bit comes when you drizzle the glaze all over your loaf! Ummm yummy!! Now grab yourself a cup of tea and serve yourself up a scrumptious slice!!!

Recipe inspired by Caramel glazed apple bread by pass the sushi

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