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Pecan Pear Bread

"We have almost 50 fruit trees on our country property, including five pear trees," notes Margaret Slocum of Ridgefield, Washington. "I like to can most of the crop, but I make sure to save some for this moist, mildly spiced bread."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour 5 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped peeled pears
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine sugar and oil. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add sour cream and vanilla; mix well. Combine dry ingredients; add to sour cream mixture and mix well. Stir in pears, pecans and lemon zest.
  • Spread into a greased 8x4-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 65-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 226 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 163mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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