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 (0 saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 131mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 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 User ID: 7321510 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 User ID: 2350474 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 User ID: 5411442 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 User ID: 152044 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 User ID: 7119680 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 User ID: 6425435 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 User ID: 5598621 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 User ID: 3725563 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 User ID: 5180505 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 User ID: 3023226 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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