Thursday, November 6, 2014

Pear and banana oat bread

I didn't set out to make this oat bread. I thought I could turn some over-ripe pears and banana into raw oat ball snacks. However, somewhere during my ingredient processing, I decided that balls were unlikely to stick together. I turned the mix into a baked loaf instead. It could have gone horribly wrong, but instead turned out surprisingly well.


Consistent with my love of simple recipes, this is a minimalist bread: there are only 4 ingredients, and 2 of them are fruits. There is no rising time, no raising agent, and no kneading. Effectively, the loaf is porridge turned into bread.


The ingredient list does make this a dense loaf, and it has good staying power in terms of satisfying hunger. It is also more of a breakfast or snack bread than something to use for sandwiches. The loaf isn't overly sweet, but I couldn't imagine pairing it with savoury toppings. I enjoyed it plain and fresh for the first day after baking, and then enjoyed it toasted and spread with jam. If you eat honey, that would work well too - and of course nut butters complement most things. The bread held together fine for toasting and kept well in the refrigerator for a week.


I imagine my simple ingredient list could be expanded. Some cinnamon or nutmeg might be a nice addition to the mix, or vanilla, or even different fruits. However, I was quite pleased with my impromptu back to basics loaf. I can imagine making it again when I have over-ripe fruit to use up. It was certainly a better outcome than my imagined but doomed fruit and oat balls!

Pear and banana oat bread
A simple yet effective bread that works well for breakfast or a hearty snack
Makes approximately 15 slices
Vegan and wheat free

Author: Bite-Sized Thoughts


Ingredients
3 medium ripe pears, cored
1 medium ripe banana
5 cups rolled oats
2 tbsp tahini or nut butter of choice

Method
Preheat your oven to 180'C and prepare a loaf tin.

Process the fruit and oats in a food processor until well combined. The mixture should be like a thick dough. Add the tahini or nut butter and process to incorporate. 

Transfer the mix to your prepared tin, and bake for 16 - 20 minutes or until golden and firm on top.

Serve plain or toasted with topping; store in the refrigerator after the first day.


Have you had any impromptu products come out of your kitchen lately?

22 comments:

  1. Porridge turned into bread! That is a delightful description and it looks delicious. I love a short ingredient list and an impromptu baking result. Yum.

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  2. Brilliant - I love how you turned raw balls into bread - it is the sort of thing I would like - simple is just fine with me but some fruit and nuts in the mix would also make it into the sort of fruit bread I love as well.

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    1. And I am sure those additions would work brilliantly (and make it the sort of bread I enjoy as well).

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  3. I'm very impressed with your loaf and can't believe it only has four ingredients. Amazing! And you're very clever to switch directions halfway through the cooking process xx

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    1. Either that, or a fool who realised she needed to rescue a near disaster ;) Your interpretation is nicer!

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  4. What a great result from an impromptu recipe, and something I would not mind having for breakfast :)

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    1. It was a positive outcome from a recipe-less start!

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  5. I love the sound of porridge turned in to bread! I've had porridge turn in to pudding but bread would be awesome!

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    1. It never occurred to me before this but did work surprisingly well!

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  6. I do love how easy this is....and I just happen to have all the ingredients handy! Weekend breakfast? Happening.

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  7. That's a lovely loaf! I wish I'd thought of bread instead of soup the last time my pears were getting tired. I can imagine a slice of this bread buttered and toasted. :)

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    1. Toasted and buttered would be lovely :-)

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  8. This looks fantastic! The thought of pears and so healthy! Perfect breakfast food! Sometimes the best recipes come from experiments!

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  9. This loaf looks like a rather happy accident! Delish.

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    1. Sometimes we need accidents to highlight new possibilities :-)

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  10. Love the refreshing tandem of banana and pear. Both have their unique flavours that will surely blend well together. Thanks for sharing, Kari!!!

    Gourmet Getaways xx

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    1. I'm glad it appeals - thank you :-)

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  11. Oh this is my favourite kind of snack- a hearty bread/scone to spread with jam, yum! I love it when accidental recipes work so well :)

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  12. Awesome :-)
    Always like a change from regular breakfast!

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