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Fresh Pear Bread

When our tree branches are loaded with ripe and juicy fruit, I treat my family and friends to lots of easy pear recipes. I always receive raves and requests for this particular pear bread recipe because of the mix of fun ingredients.—Linda Patrick, Houston, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups finely chopped peeled ripe pears (about 4 medium)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup chopped California Walnuts

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; stir into the egg mixture just until moistened. Toss pears with lemon juice. Stir pears and walnuts into batter (batter will be thick).
  • Spoon into 2 greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

Pear Bread Tips

Can you substitute any other fruits in this recipe?

Apples or Asian pears would be a terrific substitute for the pears in this recipe. Berries and stone fruits (like plums or peaches) would be too soft and yield too much juice. Be sure to check out these other quick bread recipes that you can make in a loaf pan.

Can you freeze pear bread?

Yes, you can freeze pear bread! Once the bread has baked and is completely cooled, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, then place in an airtight freezer-safe container and freeze for up to three months. Learn how to freeze bread.

How can I jazz up pear bread?

To jazz up pear bread, we recommend adding a streusel topping! Mix up the streusel from Streusel Cranberry Oat Muffins; sprinkle over the bread batter and bake as directed. If the streusel begins to brown too quickly, tent the loaf with a sheet of foil until the end of the baking time. Need more pear recipes? Take a look at our favorite pear recipes, or get a more detailed look at bread with our ultimate guide to making bread.

Research contributed by Julie Schnittka, Senior Editor and Rashanda Cobbins, Food Editor
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 168 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 144mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • LISeal
    Jan 18, 2021

    This bread was moist and refreshing. I liked it so much, I made it again as Christmas gifts. I made the bread gluten free and it was just fine as a 1 for1 substitution.

  • B
    Dec 24, 2020

    I tried this recipe and my family loves it! I buy pears and let them ripen just to make this bread. I mash the pears, cut them up, let them sit in a mixture of water and lemon juice while I take the pieces out and mash them. I then freeze the pears until I am ready to make the bread again. I also add an extra egg which makes the bread come out more moist, and I use a mixture of pecans and walnuts. Next time time I'm going to use Veronica's idea of substituting applesauce for the oil.

  • eileen344
    Dec 23, 2020

    No comment left

  • Julie
    Dec 20, 2020

    This is outstanding. I would never have thought to use pears in bread! My husband also loved it. Thanks so much for this fabulous recipe

  • Veronica
    Dec 19, 2020

    I made this today & used applesauce in place of the oil and slivered almonds in place of the walnuts. It is yummy. Very easy to make. Freezing one of the breads but eating the other now. Had a delivery from Harry & David with Pears so it was a great way to use up some of the them before they went bad.

  • Sue Kindl
    Nov 29, 2020

    I made it just as the recipe said, no changes. It was very good. Everyone who tried it, liked it. Great way to use up winter pears.

  • 2124arizona
    Nov 29, 2020

    A very moist bread. I added allspice and cloves. Very tasty. I will fix this again!

  • Linda
    Nov 21, 2020

    This recipe is at best a 2 star. If you like bread pudding, you will like this recipe. Would not make it again.

  • Dominique
    Nov 15, 2020

    Absolutely delicious! I don’t like pears but have found a great way to get rid of them.

  • catherine
    Oct 11, 2020

    Very good. I reduced sugar about 15%. I made 1\2 recipe and rather than dividing an egg used just 1. Added about 2tablespoons water. Used a mix of oil and applesauce. Baked only 40 minutes and it was done. Added ginger, nutmeg. Super moist. I added a 1\4 cup crushed shredded wheat for crush rather than nuts.