• Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Brush a loaf tin with melted butter. Dust the with cocoa, tap out extra.
  • Whisk together cocoa, flour, orange zest, cinnamon powder, ginger powder, chili powder, baking soda and baking powder.
  • In a large bowl, beat oil and sugar until the mixture is pale.
  • Add eggs, one at a time and mix well after each addition. If you’re not using eggs, beat in 1 cup of yoghurt.
  • Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients alternating with milk, starting and ending with flour mixture. Beat until smooth
  • Pour the batter into the pan. Place peeled whole pears in the batter.
  • Bake at 180C for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean