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Pear Bread

My friends and family thoroughly enjoy this old-fashioned bread. The mellow flavor of pears is a refreshing change of pace from more traditional apples.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (12 slices each)


  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups diced peeled pears


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, ginger, baking soda and nutmeg; set aside. In another bowl, whisk the sugar, oil and butter. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened (batter will be stiff). Stir in pears.
  • Pour into two greased 8x4-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

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  • mptwins
    Jan 4, 2016

    This was yummy! I was looking to use up 3 pears hanging in the fruit basket. I did add some changes but we all ate it up. I used all ingredients as listed, but added 1/2 cup brown sugar and I did replaced melted cocoanut oil instead of vegetable oil--I measured a 1/2 cup oil and then melted it... I did add 1 TBS of cinnamon too, and it was perfect for the family liking.I don't own mini loafs--so I made one regular size bread and the extra I made muffins and pulled those out when they were ready. When cooled, I drizzled with icing...prob not the healthiest bread--but my teenage boys will eat them up for sure.

  • gkoston
    Sep 28, 2013

    This recipe was the first pear bread recipe I've ever made. I accidentally put in 1 teaspoon of nutmeg instead of 1/2 teaspoon, though. However, it tastes fantastic! This recipe is definitely a keeper! Me & my family absolutely love the flavor of this bread, and it's so easy to make!

  • Shelah111
    Jan 2, 2013

    Homemade taste, very moist. Instead of vegetable oil, I used melted coconut oil. It gave the bread extra flavor and a wonderful aroma that blended well with the pear. After tasting the batter, I added 1/2 Cup more sugar. This recipe is not overly sweet, yet kid tested and approved. I will make this again.

  • springmeadow1
    Aug 23, 2012

    When it says the better aillbe stiff, they aren't kidding! I got nervous and added some milk, but I will make this again without adding it next time.

  • cgdc_76
    Dec 13, 2010

    Easy to make and very yummy!

  • sissywehr
    Aug 1, 2010

    I made this bread because I had all the ingredients. My husband, friends and I loved it! Sliced into 1/4" thick slices, it's perfect with a cup of hot tea.

  • greatmum
    Sep 12, 2009

    This is delicious! Easy to make and did during part of a football game before dinner. However, I did revise the recipe: I used whole wheat flour and brown sugar in place of all-purpose flour and sugar. I did NOT peel the pears that came from our organic growing pear tree. The bread was baked and done in only 50 minutes. I'm sure it's good/delicious either way!