Ginger Pear Bread Recipe
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Ginger Pear Bread Recipe

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A great way to use up extra pears, this bread is packed with juicy chunks of them, along with ginger, cinnamon, brown sugar and whole wheat flour. It’s a healthier choice than many other baked brunch items—and it freezes well. —Carly Curtin, Ellicott City, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 4 medium pears, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons packed brown sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 175 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 195mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat


  1. In a large bowl, drizzle pears with lemon juice; set aside.
  2. In another large bowl, combine the flours, sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger and cinnamon. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in pear mixture.
  3. Transfer to two 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining brown sugar. Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).
Originally published as Ginger Pear Bread in Healthy Cooking December/January 2012, p37

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Reviewed Nov. 20, 2012 Edited Oct. 15, 2013

"Glad it has been enjoyed!"

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2012

"Very nice moist bread!"

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2012

"My husband and I loved this recipe! I used larger chunks of pear and it worked great. Will definitely make this again!"

Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

"Delicious!!! the whole family ate it!!!"

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"Very tasty bread. The outside was nicely browned and the inside moist and slightly crumbly. The pear chunks and spices made it perfect."

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