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Pecan Pear Bread

 Pecan Pear Bread
"We have almost 50 fruit trees on our country property, including five pear trees," notes Margaret Slocum of Ridgefield, Washington. "I like to can most of the crop, but I make sure to save some for this moist, mildly spiced bread."
16 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour 5 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped peeled pears
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine sugar and oil. Add eggs, one at a time, beating
  • well after each addition. Add sour cream and vanilla; mix well.
  • Combine dry ingredients; add to sour cream mixture and mix well.
  • Stir in pears, pecans and lemon peel.
  • Spread into a greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for
  • 65-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes
  • out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack to
  • cool completely. Yield: 1 loaf.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 226 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 163 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.