There are few things in life as comforting as a slice of warm pear bread. It is perfectly sweet and the best comfort food when chilly outside.
This pear bread recipe is perfect for cold winter mornings. Pop a slice of it into the toaster oven, add a dab of butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar for the perfect bite with morning coffee.
Chilly Winter Mornings and Pear Bread, a Perfect Combination
Winter mornings, even here in Southern California are really cold. Our mornings have been in the 30s lately and it has been snowing on the East Coast. Brrrrrr.
In case you have never heard of pear bread, it is a cousin of banana bread, just not as sweet. Nothing says cozy and warm more than a slice of pear bread, straight from the oven.
I created this recipe years ago when I began receiving Harry & David pears at Christmas. I received a dozen perfectly ripe pears and while we love pears, couldn’t eat an entire dozen. I didn’t want them to go to waste, so I adapted my favorite banana bread recipe to create this one.
What I love about pear bread is that it is not as sweet as banana bread, so it is a sort of sweet bread. My favorite way to serve it is to pop a slice into the toaster oven, when toasted, spread a little bit of butter and a little cinnamon sugar mixture over the top and have it with my coffee. Pure heaven!
It is not a bad afternoon snack or evening snack either. When I make a loaf of pear bread, it never lasts very long!
One of the keys to this pear bread is that because I saute the pears, you don’t have to have perfectly ripe pears to make this recipe. In fact, I have used jarred pears before when pears are out of season.
How to Make Pear Bread
This bread is easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients.
Sauteeing the pears in the butter, vanilla, and cinnamon mixture is a tricky way to soften the pears while allowing them to soak up the yummy mixture and release their juices. If your pears are really ripe, they will release all of their wonderful juices.
Once you add the flour, baking soda, and half and half, the mixture will be quite wet which is perfect!
- 5 pears, peeled and diced (½”-¾”-ish)
- 2 TBL butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 4 TBL ½ and ½
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Prepare a loaf pan with non-stick spray.
- Peel and dice the pears.
- Using a saute pan large enough to hold all of the diced pears, melt the butter. Add vanilla and cinnamon, thoroughly combine
- Add the peeled and diced pears to the butter, vanilla, and cinnamon mixture. Cook until pears are softened and the pear juice has added liquid to the pan. Depending on how ripe your pears are, this can take as little as 10 minutes or as long as 20 minutes. Put a lid on the pears as they cook to capture all of the juice
- Once pears are browned, softened and juicy in the butter mixture, set aside to cool.
- In a large bowl, blend together the brown sugar and 2 eggs. Make sure there are no lumps from the brown sugar.
- Add the cooled pears and juicy butter mixture to the bowl with the brown sugar and eggs. Thoroughly combine.
- Add flour, baking soda, and half and half to the mixture and combine thoroughly. The mixture will be quite wet.
- Pour the mixture into a prepared loaf pan.
- Place the loaf pan onto a cookie sheet in case of seepage and place it on the middle rack of the oven. Bake for 30 minutes.
- Reduce heat to 300 degrees and bake for another 40-45 minutes until the knife comes out clean.
Depending on how ripe or unripe your pears are, step 4 can take as little as 10 minutes or over 20 minutes. I have used jarred pears before and they work beautifully!
Make sure to cool the pear, butter, and juice mixture before adding to the brown sugar and egg mixture so that the warm pear mixture doesn't cook your eggs!
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