After my weekend of preserving I still had lots of pears left. What to do, well bake with them of course! I have made pear chocolate chip bread before and liked it. I recently saw a recipe for coconut pear bread. I decided to combine the two and created this recipe.
I didn’t care for any of the recipes I found so I just winged it and created this. I crossed my fingers and hoped it would work. It was actually slightly cursed from the beginning. I had the batter in the pan and was ready to put it in the oven. It was still preheating. I turned the oven on some time ago so I checked things out. The oven was still cold! Guess when the circuit popped last week while baking brownies it was because something in the oven broke.
Luckily my microwave doubles as a conventional oven so I preheated that and got back to baking! Crisis averted, for now. It smelled wonderful as it baked. I made it for a playdate the next day. After dropping Ewan off at school I managed to take a couple pictures before everyone arrived. It was deemed to be blog worthy! It was quite tasty. The coconut flavor is just right, the pears keeping it nice and moist and fruity, and chocolate speaks for itself! Hope you enjoy it as much as we all did.
PS: I canned pear cranberry compote the next day. I still have quite a few pears left…be prepared for more pear goodness, especially if I get my oven working!
Coconut Chocolate Chip Pear Tea Cake
1 3/4 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. butter
3/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. coconut milk
2 c. finely chopped pears (2 large pears)
1 c. chocolate chips
1 c. shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a loaf pan.
Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and mix well. Mix in the vanilla. Mix in half the flour mixture, then the coconut milk and finally the rest of the flour mixture. Gently fold in the pears, chocolate chips and coconut. Pour in prepared pan and bake for one hour.
Yields one loaf