July 7, 2009

Pear Bread

Pear Bread. The idea of making pear bread intrigued me. As I've said before; I'm a little sick of banana bread at the moment. So when this caught my eye, I wanted to make it, and make it soon! I love pears in general so the idea of incorporating it into bread was even more appealing.

The verdict: Not as delicious as I had hoped, but still quite good. I would make it again, but I feel this loaf was missing something somehow... maybe next time I would add cinnamon, and maybe a little extra sugar. This loaf was very good as a breakfast bread, but would not toast well due to pear bits probably falling out of the bread and into your toaster.

Oh joy, it looks like I forgot to photograph this one. Sorry. No pretty pictures today.

Pear Bread

Makes 1 Loaf


1 cup wholemeal flour
1 cup plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp sugar
3/4 cup apple juice
1/3 cup applesauce
1 banana, mashed
2 large pears, peeled & cored

  1. Preheat oven to 180C, grease and line a 8" x 4" loaf pan with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Cut 1 and a half of the pears into 1cm cubes, grate the last pear half with a grater.
  4. Stir into the flour mixture: sugar, apple juice, applesauce, banana, & pear.
  5. Stir together gently until just combined.
  6. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan or muffin pan 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

July 1, 2009

No-bake Lemon Cheesecake

Aimee of Under the Highchair mentioned on Twitter that she was after a good no-bake cheesecake recipe. It so happens that cheesecake is a favourite at my house, and the most-loved type is the no-bake lemon cheesecake. I haven't got a picture this time, it seems I haven't ever photographed this family-favourite, but let me assure you that it is delicious. It is sweet and tangy at the same time, and is not heavy like some of the baked cheesecakes out there. It's really easy to make and has not too many ingredients too, which is a bonus. Simple and tasty, you will love it. Onward to the recipe:

No-bake Lemon Cheesecake

200g sweet biscuits (I use Arnott's "Nice" biscuits, but it works with almost anything else)
100g melted butter

500g cream cheese
1 x 395g tin sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice

  1. Melt the butter either in a microwave safe jug or in a saucepan over low heat.
  2. Crush biscuits in a food processor until biscuits turn to small crumbs.
  3. Mix biscuit crumbs and melted butter together and press evenly into a 23cm pie dish or spring-form pan.
  4. Refrigerate until firm.
  5. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk together with electric beaters until smooth.
  6. Beat lemon juice into the cream cheese mixture until combined.
  7. Pour/scrape the cream cheese mixture evenly over the cheesecake base and smooth out the top.
  8. Refrigerate for several hours until set.
  9. You can decorate the top with fresh fruit before serving if you like, we sometimes serve it with chopped fresh strawberries over the top.