Fresh Pear Bread Recipe

An easy homemade pear bread recipe that is incredibly moist it will literally melt-in-your-mouth.

I’m reliving the 80’s.

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Yep, you didn’t read that wrong. I’m reliving the 80’s.

For one, my bangs are getting too long and I am in desperate need of a haircut. I’ve been really tempted to rat them up high and sport that 80’s style just to get them out of my face. Scouts honor. And what about those leggings that are back in? I could wear those too with some leg warmers to boot. Now we’re talking 80’s…

I turned on the TV late one evening when the movie Overboard was on; a movie from the 80’s. The one with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. For those who’ve seen it, ya, you’ll know what I mean when I say it’s a corny show. But at the same time, it’s a feel good show. I love those kinds of movies where everything ends up wonderful at the end. You know, a Cinderella meets her prince and rides off into the sunset kind of show.

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Then Sister Chef saw “My Best Friend’s Wedding” from the 80’s and she fell in love with it. We’ve been watching that show almost every night! Who would’ve thought an 80’s show would’ve been popular with my teen?

I’ve also been listening to Duran Duran, A-ha, Bon Jovi, Queen, U2, Tears for Fears, The Police, Journey, and Queen. Awesome bands! I was having a grand old time blasting out music while making this incredible Pear Bread.

One of my readers, Monica Fresquez, sent me this Pear Bread recipe to try. I like trying out new things. If you have a recipe for me to try and it gets chosen, I’ll post it here for all the world to see with credit back to you! So if you’ve got a fave recipe, pass it my way at jen@bakerette.com.

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This pear bread is incredibly moist! It’s a melt-in-your-mouth kind of bread. I had a couple of friends over for a chat and served some of this bread and they really enjoyed and loved it. The flavor of ginger and nutmeg really blend well together and gives it a nice hint of flavor.

Thank you, Monica!

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Recipe type: Breads
Serves: 2 loaves
Ingredients
  • 3 1/2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pear halves, chopped; or 2 cups fresh pears, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 8.5 x 4.5 x 2.5-inch loaf pans.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, ginger, baking soda, and nutmeg and set aside.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl using an electric mixer on high speed, beat together the sugar, oil, butter, and vanilla until well blended. Add eggs one at a time beating well with each addition. The mixture will begin to thicken and be a light lemon color.
  4. Stir the mixture into the dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Fold in the pears.
  5. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pans. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool in pans for 10 minutes, then turn out loaves and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Wrap each loaf in foil and let stand overnight in a cool dry place before serving.
Notes
I think 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans would also be awesome in this recipe. If you include these items, add the cinnamon into the dry ingredients, and the lemon juice into the wet ingredients. Stir in the walnuts or pecans at the same time you fold in the pears.
About Jen

Jen is owner, author, and creative mind behind Bakerette. Jen eats a vegan diet and recently converted Bakerette to a plant-based website that offers a smattering of healthful recipes! Jen is author of the cookbook Festive Feasts: Meals and Memories from Halloween to Christmas, which can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Comments

  1. Delicious! Wonderful crust on top and moist bread. If you like pears, you will enjoy this bread with its subtle pear flavor nicely accented with spices. I did include the optional cinnamon, lemon juice, and nuts as they are nice additions. I used freshly grated nutmeg as well. I hesitated using canned pears, but they worked! Having one can of pears, I made one bread (half the recipe). I suspect the bread might get soggy after a few days…..if it lasts that long! Thanks for a great recipe….it’ll be a repeater, for sure!

    • Yay! So glad you loved the recipe. It’s one of our family’s favorites. If you haven’t done so, be sure to give the recipe a star rating. Have a great weekend.

    • An update on using canned pears: the bread did not get soggy. I did put it in the frig and warmed up a slice for several days. Yum!
      I’m confused about the star rating as I see the well deserved 5 STARS on my review. I will mark the stars again.

  2. I recently purchased a new calendar for 2016, and I made a pact that i would try to incorporate the fruit/veggie associated with each month into a recipe. The fruit of the month for January is the pear. I found this recipe and decided to try it. I made one batch with nuts, and one without. I took both loaves into work, and they absolutely loved it. The bread did not make it past lunch time. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

    • I love hearing successful stories with my recipes. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and let me know. If yo haven’t already done so, I’d love for you to give the recipe a star rating. Have a great weekend!

  3. Had some over-ripe pears (four to be exact) from our food co-op box and found this recipe. Totally delish!

    My daughter is allergic to eggs and milk. I easily substituted vegan butter with an equal measurement. I substituted 1/2 Cup of applesauce in place of the eggs. I was afraid the bread might be a little dry, but it was moist and delicious. Even the son who refuses to eat fruits and veggies, thought this bread was yummy (and he knew it was pear bread too). I added an extra teaspoon of vanilla and some cinnamon too.

    Yumm! Making my second batch and hoping I get more than one slice this time!

    • That’s so awesome to hear Michelle! I’ve been looking to veganize this recipe and you helped do it spot on. Let me know how the second batch turns out.

  4. Can this bread be frozen for later?

  5. I had some slightly overripe pears kicking around and rather than waste them, I whipped this amazing bread up! I reduced the nutmeg and ginger (as the pear-lover in the house doesn’t like these spices) and added the cinnamon. Absolutely incredible! I love, love, love how crispy the outside of the bread is.

    I don’t even like pears, but I will definitely be making this bread again! Thank you for the recipe.

    • LOL. Glad you ended up liking the pears in the bread! And bravo for trying a recipe with pears even though you don’t like them! I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for letting me know.

  6. I need to make a pear cake for a wedding can I make this in layers

    • I have no idea Betty. I haven’t tried it as a cake–yet! Sounds like a fun twist to try on this bread tho. Did you try it that way? Would love to hear how it worked if you did.

  7. Can this be made in a bread machine?

  8. Betty Glenn says:

    when using pears in can, do I drain the pears?

  9. I tried this recipe. It was delicious!! My husband loved it. I divided the recipe in 1/2 it worked fine, I just wanted one loaf. Big mistake! My husband wanted more! I added cinnamon to the recipe like in your notes. The butter gives it a crispier top which he loved. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely making it again soon.

  10. Darlene Humphreys says:

    I made this today, subbed pear sauce (like applesauce, but with pear) for the oil, 1/2 Splenda !/2 sugar (want to share with a diabetic neighbor), left out the ginger (hubby does not like it) and it was still GREAT! I cannot wait to make it again!

    • That’s so great to hear Darlene. I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe and that all worked out with your substitutes. Thank you for the suggestions.

      • Can I use pear butter in place of the oil? If I do is it the same amount as the oil? I’ve got left over pears from canning an bread sounds like the way to go

  11. Andrea Mercado says:

    Could I bake this as muffins? ?

  12. Just made these and OMG Yumm!!! I did 12 muffins & a loaf of bread. My 9 month old even enjoyed. I used coconut oil also. Certainly keeping this around. Thinking I’ll try the main recipe and add zucchini next in place of the pear.

  13. Can’t wait to try this! I’m going to make this using canned pears, do I discard the syrup/juice in the can?

  14. Save Mungo says:

    Hi! I made this for my family a few weeks ago. I added fresh minced rosemary – it was AMAZING. We all loved it! Just one question – can I freeze this? I am baking so much for Christmas, that I’d love to go ahead and make a loaf or two and freeze them.

    • Awesome! So glad you and your family enjoyed the Pear Bread! I always appreciate the feedback! Yes, you can definitely freeze it. It should keep up to 3 months. Let the holiday baking begin! :)

  15. This looks awesome! Can’t wait to make a loaf!

  16. So good…I have made four batches with fresh pears we picked!!!! Thank you for this wonderful treat!!!

  17. Hi Jen… this loaf looks amazing! You’ve been featured! Thanks for sharing at Super Saturday Show & Tell- come grab a button http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com and share again! Have a wonderful weekend :) xoxo~ Ruthie

  18. There’s no mention of the salt in the instructions, so I forgot to put it in… I hope it still turns out ok! Is there a reason we are supposed to wait 24 hours before serving?

    • Great catch Chantale! I apologize for that blip. I have added it into the instructions. I hope it still turns out okay too! The only reason 24 hours is suggested is to help the flavors meld together and strengthen each other. But I can never wait 24 hours! I eat fresh out of the oven!

  19. Birthday girl says:

    Thanks for the recipe Jen. My friend has a prolific pear tree and your recipe is super easy to follow. I added cinnamon and lemon to it and it is really delicious, fragrant and moist. Putting this in my sons lunch box too. The only difficult thing was waiting for it to cool and wrap overnight in foil before i could eat it! So I have one for the freezer too. Will definately use this recipe again.

    • You’re welcome! The cinnamon and lemon sounds like a yummy addition! I just got a huge box of luscious pears and I’ll be making this again soon and freezing some for later. Thanks for stpoping by.

  20. Just made this bread! Came out soooooo good! I added the cinnamon and lemon juice to it and it was perfection! So moist and delicious! Finished the loaf in under an hour- YUMMMM!

    • That’s awesome! So glad you loved it! The cinnamon and lemon juice sounds like great additions! Thanks for letting me know.

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