Spiced Pear Bread Recipe
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Spiced Pear Bread Recipe

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My mom and I put up our own pears, so I always have plenty on hand when I want to make this wonderful bread. It's so moist and delicious that you'll want to have another slice…or two! —Rachel Barefoot, Linden, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cans (15-1/4 ounces each) sliced pears, drained and mashed
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 160 calories, 3g fat (0g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 131mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 0 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, pears, applesauce and oil. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  2. Pour into four 5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 4 mini loaves (6 slices each).
Originally published as Spiced Pear Bread in Taste of Home August/September 2005, p 53

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LoadedCornbread 242889
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2016

"This is farandaway the best tasting spiced pear bread recipe I have come across in my life. But, I must emphasize the recipe ingredients and NOT the baking directions. As I got close to readying the pans (I prep and measure first), I knew something was wrong. A medium-mini sized loaf pan does not require 50-60 minutes to bake. Furthermore, this recipe would not fit into 4 pan of that size. I filled two 8.5" pans a bit more than half full and the loaves crested over the top of the pans. It took ~27 minutes for them to test done. The tops look kind of "rustic" but they are delicious! In my thought process, I thought OK they used fresh pears, yet recipe calls for 3 cans (15.25 oz each)--so not fresh poached pears. Anyway, wonderful recipe. Thank you, Rachel!

If I could, I'd give it more than 5 stars."

MY REVIEW 238021
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2015

"I made this bread last week to send to a friend of mine and it is fantastic!!! The combination of the pears and spices made a delightful bread."

flambay 65959
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2013

"I have cooking class that I do with our residents at our nursing home and they had never ever heard of Pear Bread . We did use fresh pears instead of canned. The bread was amazing!"

oeg1kallee 60392
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2013

"This was a good way to use up some pears I had from my tree. I like that it is not overly sweet, and is a light texture. I may bump up the cinnamon a tad the next time. A great fall recipe"

Lina233 143644
Reviewed May. 24, 2013

"Alittle extra clove and this is great. It's not overly sweet. I used canned pears. My 18 month old likes it too."

Catwalk1972 129381
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"I rated this a 5 not because I thought it was a five, but I made it Saturday and by Monday evening my family had devoured it! Will make again."

foxxy1601 149341
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"I made the recipe to a tee and both my husband and I thought it was very plain. It was moist which is good but it wasn't near as good as other pear breads I have had in the past. It seemed to be lacking in taste. We had other people over when we had it and they really liked it but it isn't something I will make again."

Clifton66 129377
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"My husband and I both really liked this. I used pears canned with splenda and then in the bread I used 1/2 splenda and 1/2 sugar. I will make this recipe again but replace half of the gloves with nutmeg."

kanazawa 148761
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2011

"I made this bread with fresh ripe pears.

Cannot tell you how much I uses, I just used what I had and estimated about how much was 3 cans worth. I also used 5 pans and they baked up nicely. Next time I will add some kind of nuts."

mrs.munson 126472
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2011

"My husband says it's his new favorite. We had a lot of fresh pears so I used those instead of canned pears as well as an extra pear instead of the applesauce and its delicious! Moist and yummy!"

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