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Spiced Pear Bread

pear bread on porchIt is an ongoing goal and challenge to use food wisely.  When I see a piece of fruit in the fruit bowl getting a little too ripe, I feel like I need to do something with it.  Of course, this is a good problem to have–too much food–much better than the opposite problem–but I want to continually learn to use the food I have in ways that taste delicious and give us good energy.  Sometimes it is hard to plan or predict how much food to buy at a time–who knew my kids would go through a big bag of pretzels in two days, yet ignore the pears?  I guess I should have known!  Anyway, this spiced pear bread is a tasty way to use a very ripe pear–the juicier the pear, the moister the bread.  And it is a more nourishing snack than a plate full of pretzels! (Pretzels have their place too, but variety is a good thing).  The cinnamon, cloves, and orange rind add to this bread’s subtle, sweet flavor, and it tastes great just sliced on its own or with a little butter or cream cheese on it.  Add a steaming cup of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate, and it’s even better.  I based this recipe on one I found in my Dr. Cookie Cookbook by Marvin Wayne and Stephen Yarnall, though I made some changes.  Isn’t that the beauty of recipes, that they are always evolving with the years and with the people who use them.  I am taking this bread over to Angie’s blog at The Novice Gardener for the Fiesta Friday link party.  I always find inspiring ideas there! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. chopped pears and orangepear bread overviewpear bread and orangesunrise on porch

Spiced Pear Bread

  • Servings: 1 loaf, or 12 slices
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  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  •  1/4 cup honey
  • 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce–if your pear is very juicy, lean towards 2 tablespoons, if not so juicy, use 3
  • 1 teaspoon orange rind (you may also you lemon rind)
  • 1 cup finely chopped unpeeled pear (about one pear)


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Lightly grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.  In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, and salt, and set aside.  In another mixing bowl, vigorously stir the eggs, brown sugar, and oil until smooth.  (You can use an electric mixer if you want, but I did not find it necessary as long as I stirred it really well).  Add the honey, applesauce, orange or lemon rind, and stir well again.  Then, gently stir the flour mixture and the pear into the batter until just combined.  Scrape the combined batter into the prepared loaf pan.  Bake in your oven for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. It’s okay if the crust cracks a little.  Cool the bread in the loaf pan on a wire rack for about 10 minutes, then turn out of the pan onto the wire rack and cool completely.  Enjoy!


  1. Nancy

    If you knew my love affair with pears, you may understand my excitement about this bread. 🙂 It looks fantastic and the flavors….perfection! Love it!

    • dragonflyhome

      Thanks, Nancy. I love pears too-they taste good so many different ways!


    Ouch – I just had to throw out a pear – let it go for too long! I like the spices and the pear ingredient in your bread. I bet it was tasty – thanks for bringing this to FF #51 – hope to see you next week for the big celebration 🙂

    • dragonflyhome

      Thank you, and thank you for hosting!

  3. Jhuls

    I never bought pear in my entire life. 😐 Always, I tend to forget bananas over the counter and make banana bread or put them in my smoothie. This spiced pear bread sounds really delicious and so good with a cup of tea. 😀 Thanks for sharing and happy FF. Hope to see you next FF. 🙂

    • dragonflyhome

      Thank you, Jhuls! Thank you for hosting Fiesta Friday!

  4. Amanda

    This is gorgeous! Id love to have this with a cup of coffee. Those photos make me wistful for quiet time in the country. Beautiful.

    • dragonflyhome

      Thank you, Amanda. I hope you have a great weekend!

  5. skd

    OMG! This looks so yumm. Plus the pears look crunchy. Wow!

    • dragonflyhome

      Thank you! This bread does have a lot of texture with the pears, though they become softer while they bake.

  6. thebrookcook

    Great! Why am I always making apple or banana breads when I am such a huge fan of pears? 😉 Thanks!!

    • dragonflyhome

      Thank you! If you like apple and banana bread, you will like this too. 🙂

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