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Caramelised pear, banana & sourdough starter loaf

  • Servings: approx. 10-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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This recipe is just another way of using up your sourdough starter, it will also give your bread an extra lift.


• 150g self-raising flour
• 100g Wholemeal spelt flour
• ½ x tsp sea-salt
• ½ x tsp baking soda
• 130g dark brown sugar
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 100g Sourdough starter
• 3 x eggs beaten
• 2 x mashed bananas
• ½ x tspn baking powder
• 2 x tbsp greek yogurt
• 50g melted butter
• 25ml rapeseed oil
• 1 x 2lb loaf tin lined
• ½ x sliced pear
• 1 x medium banana sliced at an angle
• Few flaked almonds


  1. Sieve all the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
  2. Blend all the wet ingredients together. Mix both the wet and dry until well combined and leave to stand for 20 minutes.
  3. Make the caramelised pear & banana by melting 75g caster sugar with 50g water and simmering gently until it starts to turn a golden colour around the edges, add in the half sliced pear & sliced banana, mix until coated, and cook a little further, add in a splash of water if it starts to brown too quickly.
  4. Pour the caramel mix into the loaf tin, sprinkle with flaked almonds and then pour in the banana bread mix.
  5. Bake for approx. 40-45min @ 180c / gas 4, check if its cooked by inserting a skewer, – it should come out clean. Remove from the tin and allow to cool before slicing.
If you prefer you can pour the caramilised pear & banana on top of the mix and then bake, just keep a eye on it so that it does not burn. I like to serve mine with greek yogurt or cream fraiche to balance out the sweetness.

Caramelizing the pears & bananas, frying pan, gas stove
Caramelising the pears & bananas
Mix for the carmelized pear, banana & sourdough starter bread,whisk,bowl
Mix for the carmelised pear, banana & sourdough starter bread
Caramelized pear, banana & sourdough starter bread, plate, fork, sour cream
Caramelised pear, banana & sourdough starter bread

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