Rich with chocolate mini-chips, this melt-in-your-mouth loaf is good for afternoon tea, as a dessert bread, or a hostess gift. It's wonderful with almond tea!
1-3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cardamom (optional)
1 egg or 2 egg whites, beaten
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vanilla nonfat yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup Bosc pears, cored and cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 cup semisweet chocolate mini-chips
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9- x 5- x 3-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients plus the optional cardamom. In another bowl, combine the next 5 ingredients and beat together.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet mixture. Beat together until smoothly combined. Stir in the diced pear and chocolate chips. Pour the batter into prepared pan. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the top is golden and a knife inserted in the center tests clean. Makes 1 Loaf.
Per (3/4-inch thick) Slice: 232 Cal; 6 g Total Fat; 39 g Carb; 22 mg Cholesterol; 146 mg Sodium; 5 g Protein. Exchanges: 3 Starch; 1/2 Milk; 1 Fat.