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Ginger Pear Bread

A great way to use up extra pears, this bread is packed with juicy chunks of them, along with ginger, cinnamon, brown sugar and whole wheat flour. It’s a healthier choice than many other baked brunch items—and it freezes well. —Carly Curtin, Ellicott City, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (12 slices each)


  • 4 medium pears, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons packed brown sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a large bowl, drizzle pears with lemon juice; set aside.
  • In another large bowl, combine the flours, sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger and cinnamon. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in pear mixture.
  • Transfer to two 8x4-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining brown sugar. Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 175 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 195mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.

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  • Cee0401
    Nov 20, 2012

    Glad it has been enjoyed!

  • trudi.taylor
    Oct 26, 2012

    Very nice moist bread!

  • AmandaLogue
    Jan 24, 2012

    My husband and I loved this recipe! I used larger chunks of pear and it worked great. Will definitely make this again!

  • mlsmeyer
    Jan 18, 2012

    Delicious!!! the whole family ate it!!!

  • mrsvandy
    Jan 15, 2012

    Very tasty bread. The outside was nicely browned and the inside moist and slightly crumbly. The pear chunks and spices made it perfect.

  • sagamore11
    Dec 18, 2011

    Simply wonderful! The family loved it. Will make it again often.