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!
Honey Pear Bread
adapted from Spiced Pear Bread
Honey Pear Bread
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- 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
- 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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kelli weiss says
hi, as always my baked goods are always gifts, these to the wonderful nurses and staff at the cancer ctr where i have my infusions! i purchased 4 pears, medium size but it was almost too many for the 2 loaves,, as the batter was pretty thick!
needed less time and after 55 was almost too dark! so i’d start watching at 40 minutes and be prepared to remove than sooner, as i did, but not soon enuf i fear!
will get a slice tomorrow and let you know my opinion, butbthx 4 sharing, :): kelli
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.
That’s wonderful, so glad you enjoyed it!
Sharon L says
I am always looking for recipes using pears. I have 2 pear trees.
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.
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. :)
ps. it may very well be the oven in the rental apartment too ….
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….
Glad you enjoyed it Amber!