Gluten Free

{GF} Banana Bread with Gluhwein Poached Pears

Today, my inspiration comes from Warm Gluhwein – because it is the coldest day by far today!!

This is my Gluten Free Banana Bread, baked around Gluhwein Poached Pears.

Maybe it’s because it’s winter, or maybe it’s because I just really like wine, but I am addicted to this Fireside Gluhwein from Woolworths.

It’s rich and fruity, with subtle aromas of cinnamon, cloves and all-spice.

This Gluhwein from Woolies is D I V I N E

So, it only seemed natural to poach my pears with it and I am so happy with the result, because the banana bread smells so heavenly from this wine.

The pears are aromatic, warm and soft once removed from the saucepan they were poached in, are then baked in a Gluten Free Banana Bread batter.

This is a comfortingly warm treat to eat will cozied up in your PJ’s by the fire.

As always, please tag me if you decide to make this recipe!

Love,
Cat

Servings 1 loaf

Ingredients for Bread
· 1 cup brown sugar
· 2 small very ripe bananas
· 2 cups rice flour
· 1/3 cup Maizena
· 1 teaspoon baking powder
· 1 teaspoon baking soda
· 1 teaspoon salt
· 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
· 1/2 cup butter, softened
· 2 small eggs
· 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ingredients for Poached Pears
· 2 Ripe Pears
· Half a bottle of Woolworths Fireside Gluhwein
· 150ml water

Instructions
1. Poach the pears in a saucepan with the Gluhwein and water for 30 minutes on a low simmer. Then turn off the heat and let them sit for a further 15 minutes. Then remove from pot and let them soak out onto a paper towel

Poaching the Pears
2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and grease a loaf pan with butter
3. Mash the banana with a fork and stir in the sugar in a small mixing bowl
4. While the banana-sugar mixture sits, whisk together the rice flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and xanthan gum.
5. In a separate bowl, mix the butter and eggs, then add half the dry ingredients. Then mix in the banana-sugar mixture.
6. Add the remaining flour and the vanilla extract being careful not to overmix
7. Spread batter into pan and insert the pears right side up into the cake batter on either side of the pan, but not too close to the end edges of the pan.
8. Bake until golden brown, which should take 1 hour 15 minutes. If the cake is getting to brown, lower the heat.
9. At this point you can test with a skewer, which should come out clean
10. Remove pan from the oven and once cooled remove from pan, slice and enjoy warm with butter.
You can remove the pips from the pear when you slice a piece of bread each time.
Enjoy!
Can you see where the Gluhwein has steeped into the pear?
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