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Spiced Pear Bread Recipe

Spiced Pear Bread Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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).

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.

Reviews for Spiced Pear Bread

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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!"

teainthemorning User ID: 5337993 63335
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010

"These made great gifts for my family this Thanksgiving! The aroma during baking was wonderful! I used 3 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 cup whole wheat flour as well as 1 cup Splenda instead of sugar."

Sprowl User ID: 29186 63334
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2010

"This is good (I like cloves) but for those of you who don't--try the Fresh Pear Bread from Quick Cooking Sept-99, page 46. It is the best pear bread ever."

sandramichelewaddell User ID: 3320243 63333
Reviewed May. 19, 2010

"Used 1/4 tsp nutmeg in place of the cloves...made 24 muffins baked for 30 min...delicious"

anneleac User ID: 4994071 154148
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2010

"Moist, easy quickbread, but cloves were too heavy for my husband. Next time I'd use less, or maybe try the suggestion to substitute pumpkin pie spice. Also next time I think I'll add some toasted nuts, perhaps pecans. My son (9) liked it as is."

jodand User ID: 3887658 144845
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2009

"Really enjoyed this recipe- Loved the spices."

zolagrif User ID: 2669669 144843
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2009

"I liked this recipe a lot, but thought 1 tsp was maybe a little too much cloves."

capelter User ID: 4493784 206840
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2009

"excellent recipe. Made for craft fair and sold out quickly. I will make again for next craft fair"

momfraser User ID: 4447948 57439
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2009

"Made this and was my husband ever grateful for the great recipe. Made mini loafs and he ate two coming out of the oven. Will add raisins and nuts next time, but I love leaving the pears a bit chunky so will stick with mashing. The cloves are a bit strong, which I like, but if I was making it for someone else, I might cut down, or just substitute pumpkin pie spice for the cinnamon and cloves."

yummy7 User ID: 4358876 65958
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2009

"You can always substitute cardamon or pumpkin pie spice, (then using less cinnamon) for the cloves, and add chopped pecans and even flavored applesauce , then cut back on the sugar a bit and calories!"

waldojuj User ID: 1053188 126471
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2009

"I have made a pear cake in the past and loved it, so I thought I would try this bread. It was just ok to me, way too many cloves for my taste! If I make it again, I will cut way back."

Joscy User ID: 2694585 129481
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2008


I've found using blender to mash pears works very well. 3 cans pears will yield just over 2 cups mashed pears. Also, I used 2 8 inch loaf pans in place of 5 inch ones, with great results.
Both my husband and I loved this bread, in fact, my husband devoured half a loaf yesterday. Its become one of our staples.
Thank you Rachael for this recipe - it gets 5++ stars.

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