Honey Pear Bread

Quick bread and muffins are one of my favorite things for breakfast. They make marvelous after school snacks, but seeing that it’s summer, these ended up being “all day” snacks. When I saw the original recipe on Alicia’s, I knew I wanted to try it, but I didn’t have everything on the ingredient list. I am trying really hard to stick to my grocery budget, and while I had pears on hand, I did not have molasses. So instead of running off to the store, I chose to substitute honey instead. I also left out the nuts, since my family are a bunch of nut-a-phobes.

This was a really good quick bread. It makes two loaves, so instead, I chose to make one loaf and 12 muffins. However, I was a complete ding dong and forgot to take the muffins out after 25 minutes, so I ended up burning those. UGH. I will definitely make this again, but I liked it my way, not even sure if I would use molasses next time!

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Honey Pear Bread
adapted from Spiced Pear Bread

printable version

3 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups packed light brown sugar
1 cup canola oil
1/2 cup honey
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 eggs
4 medium pears, peeled, cored and diced

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two loaf pans.

In a bowl, whisk together the first eight ingredients. In a separate large mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, canola oil, honey, and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in flour mixture. Fold in diced pears.

Pour into prepared loaf pans. Bake for 55-65 minutes or until done. Cool in pans for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely.

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  1. Pat says

    Any hints on how to keep the fruit pieces from sinking to the bottom? I've tried tossing in flour and layering keeping most of the fruit on top. HELP!!!
    Thanks, this looks like something my entire family would love.

  2. Amanda says

    Hi Pat! Actually, I had no problems with the fruit sinking and I didn't do anything special. I DID use barely ripe pears, the kind that are still hard and you need to throw in a paper bag for a few days before you can eat them. Because they were still hard, they were very easy to dice. Also, i think another reason they didn't sink was because of the consistency of this batter. It's rather thick and somewhat sticky from the honey. Hope that helps!

  3. marla {family fresh cooking} says

    This honey pear bread sounds great…perfect for Summer & Fall too. I love quick breads with all the spices you use here. xo

  4. Lila says

    I love spiced breads and cakes. They always leave my home smelling delicious and ALWAYS taste wonderful! The pears and apples are a great combo!
    Lila Ferraro

  5. Sue Sparks says

    All the spices, and the pears…sounds so delicious! This would be great for fall too! Looks beautiful!

  6. Mags says

    We're nut-a-phobes here too (well, in breads and cookies anyway)

    The bread looks so moist and delicious.

  7. Kristen says

    What a unique bread! I love honey. I love pears. I love bread. Sounds like I need to make this soon!

  8. Amanda says

    "2 cups of brown sugar and a cup of oil; not very healthy!"

    No it probably isn't – but I don't believe i ever claimed it was. ;)

  9. Carolyn says

    This bread sounds so good. I have to try it very soon. I will try to make it back to let you know how it turns out. Thanks for this great recipe. Carolyn

  10. andrea says

    I have a pear tree and am also a quick bread fanatic so I am excited to try this! I usually add one cup of whole wheat and three tablespoons of flax… plus less sugar so I can add a little honey drizzle on top. I will let you know how it come out for sure!

  11. Cherish says

    I was looking for a way to use pears last night and searched until I found a good pear bread recipe. I had to adapt it a little since I was shy on spices but the fam liked it anyway. Thanks for sharing!

  12. SophieLuck says

    Made this this evening (cut recipe in 1/2 to make only one loaf). Only real change I made was that i used some freshly grated ginger since i had it on hand rather than ginger spice. my results – the flavor is FANTASTIC – loved the combo and that i had everything to make it on hand (including pears, which is how i found this recipe).

    However, because of the length of time mine took to bake (about 65 minutes) and still came out on the wet side (i'm sticking it back in the oven for a bit on a lower temp) – i'm wondering if you recommend using an electric mixer to combine the oil/brown sugar/eggs, etc. rather than simply mixing it (by hand/spoon) as i had interpreted the directions????

    thanks! it's a keeper, just got to make a little adjustment somewhere in my technique i think….

  13. Amanda says

    Hi Sophie, so glad you liked it, but sorry about it not being done in the middle :-/ I did use a mixer, but I don't think that's it. The most likely culprit is the oven temperature. If you have an oven thermometer, test the temp and see if it's preheating properly. If it's an older oven, sometimes they can lose a lot of heat when you open the door and can't quite get back up there. You might want to try preheating the oven 50 degrees higher, putting your recipe in the oven, then turning it down to the correct temp once it's in. Then don't open the door if you can avoid it. :)

  14. Anonymous says

    Do you have any recipes that use pear butter in them? I've tried to find some on line, but I'm not having any luck. Thanks for the help.

  15. Shelley says

    Thanks for the great recipe. We loved it, especially all the spices. I cut the sugar to 1 cup, subbed 1/2 cup of oil for applesauce and 2 cups of flour for white whole wheat flour. Delicious. I hate fruit breads that have hardly any fruit in them, but definitely can’t say that about this one.


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