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Pear Bread

 Pear Bread
My friends and family thoroughly enjoy this old-fashioned bread. The mellow flavor of pears is a refreshing change of pace from more traditional apples.
24 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups diced peeled pears

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, ginger,
  • baking soda and nutmeg; set aside. In another bowl, whisk the sugar,
  • oil and butter. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each
  • addition. Stir in vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until
  • moistened (batter will be stiff). Stir in pears.
  • Pour into two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for
  • 55-65 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).

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 158 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 34 mg cholesterol, 143 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.