Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Spiced Pear Bread
I have had fresh pears coming out my ears the last few weeks! We are talking 5+ bushels. I have a neighbor who is a commercial fruit grower and every Tuesday they have a "farmer's market" where I can buy the seconds or slightly blemished fruit for $5 a bushel. It's ridiculously cheap and ridiculously good fruit. Needless to say, I've bought a lot of fruit this year. One Hundred quarts of pears later I decided it was time to find something else to do with them. So Google and I had a party, and this is what I found!
I kind of made this on a whim, but I'm so glad I did. Do you see the chunks of pears in that picture? Imagine that in nearly every bite! It was delicious! I made 3 different sizes of loaves, froze some and took some to the neighbors. It was a hit with everyone who tried it!
Spiced Pear Bread
3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cans (15-1/4 ounces each) sliced pears, drained and mashed (Or 3 cups chopped fresh pears)
1/2 cup canola oil
In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, pears and oil. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
Pour into four 5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. For muffins: pour into greased muffin tin and bake for 20-25 minutes. For larger loaves: Pour into greased loaf pan and bake 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Source: Adapted slightly from Taste of Home