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Spiced Pear Bread

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
  • Makes
    4 mini loaves (6 slices each)


  • 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 large eggs
  • 3 cans (15-1/4 ounces each) sliced pears, drained and mashed
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil


  • 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.
  • Pour into four 5-3/4x3x2-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 50-60 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: 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.

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  • sgronholz
    Oct 31, 2018

    I'm always looking for new ways to use my homegrown pears, so I decided to give this recipe a try. I'm so glad I did! I made one 8x4-inch loaf and three 5x3-inch loaves, adjusting the baking time accordingly. My husband and I thought the bread was delicious and I will definitely make it again!

  • LoadedCornbread
    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.

  • mikelssword
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.

  • marine17
    Nov 7, 2011

    No comment left

  • Clifton66
    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.