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Honey Bear Bread....(Honey-ied Pear and walnut bread)


500 gms white / wholemeal / rye Shipton's organic bread flour

14 gm fresh yeast

7 gm salt

28 gm rapeseed oil

300 gm water ( weigh the water!)

2 tblsp of honey

3 tblsp crushed/chopped walnuts

poached pears:

peel and dice 2 pears ( I used rocha pears) not too soft!

teaspoon cinnamon

2tblsp mead or applejuice

1 tablespoon honey

enough water to the mixture to just cover the pears


Put all the ingredients for the poached in a small saucepan and simmer gently until pears are just soft and juice is slightly thicker than started. Be careful not to let the pears burn. Set aside to cool then remove pears from juice and save syrup. Don't worry if you don't have mead, use applejuice instead.

Bread dough:

Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl, yeast with 14 gm of the oil saving about 1 tblsp of the walnuts and the poached pears for later. Work for approx. 10 minutes by hand or until dough is elastic and soft. If you go ouch a bit stiff, loosen with warm water, but I find above quantities work fine. Add rest of oil and continue to work in. Place in a warm bowl for 1/2 hour or until risen, then lift out stretch and then bookfold. Place back into bowl, cover with oiled clingfilm or damp teatowel and let rest to rise for another 1/2 hour.

Knock back when doubled in size and with your hands shape into a slightly flattened rectangle then cover dough with strained poached pears, sprinkle remaining chopped walnuts and roll into oblong for tin or shape into a ball tucking ends in to shape. Leave to rise for approximately an hour, or until doubled in size. Before baking in 220 degree oven, slash with knife and brush with pear syrup and sprinkle on walnuts. Use steam oven or put small pan on bottom of oven to create steam. Bread should take about 45 minutes depending on your oven conditions.