baking tuesday – pear bread – townie
i debated between baking with pears or coconut… i had bought a bag of d’anjou pears at costco and no one seemed to be eating them… so i used one in a pizza and decided to go with the pears before i had to toss them 🙂 the bread came out pretty good — tastes like a breakfast bread 🙂 next time i would do 1/2 regular sugar and 1/2 brown sugar, and definitely add more pears. (maybe even add nuts) the original recipe called for the pears to be shredded, but i diced them — i wanted chunks 🙂
adapted from smitten kitchen
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup butter, softened
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups sugar
3 pears firm, ripe pears, diced
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Heat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and lightly grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan or two 9-by-5-inch loaf pans.
Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl, and stir with a fork to mix everything well.
Peel and core pears, then dice them. set them briefly aside. In a medium bowl, combine the butter, eggs, sugar, pear, and vanilla, and stir to mix everything well. Scrape the pear mixture into the flour mixture and stir just until the flour disappears and the batter is evenly moistened.
Quickly scrape the batter into the prepared pans and bake at 350°F (175°C) for 60 to 70 minutes, or until the bread is handsomely browned and firm on top and a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.