Easy Pear Bread Recipe

A warm, rustic feel – this pear bread will be a hit with the family. Fresh pear are a unique flavor that will make your mouth water.

Pear bread is a great alternative to more traditional pumpkin or banana bread.  The pear flavor is subtle, but present enough to tickle those tastebuds.  Top it off with a bit of honey, sweet butter, or even a little apple butter for an extra touch of sweetness.

Don’t be afraid to explore options either! Although I did not add any nuts to this recipe, a handful of walnuts can be a great friend to the pear flavor. Spice it up a bit more with some nutmeg or add a few chunks of apple to bring out those fruity flavors even more.

I used Bartlett pears for my version of this recipe. Three medium pears was enough to get me the 2 cups of pear that was needed to make the recipe. But you might want to get 4, just to be safe.

Also, it is important to not grate the pears until you are ready to use them since this do turn brown very quickly.

If bread is your thing, try these unique Rugbrod and Nordic Stone Age bread recipes.

Easy Homemade Pear Bread Recipe

This recipe is adapted from Smitten Kitchen, who adapted it from Nancie McDermott’s Southern Cakes , who apparently got it from someone named Cornelia Walker.

The only things I did differently was that I didn’t use any nuts, which are optional anyway. I also used two loaf pans instead of a tube/bundt pan.  Both are acceptable, but since I was going to be wrapping this up to take on the road, it seemed like loaves would be a bit more transportable.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup softened butter or 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups of grated pear
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions:

Step 1

Preheat your oven to 350° F (175° C).

Step 2

Grease and flour two 9×5 loaf pans or one 10″ tube/bundt pan.

Step 3

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined.

Step 4

Peel and core the pears.

Step 5

In a bowl, lightly beat the eggs and add the butter/oil, sugar and the vanilla. Mix well.

Step 6

Grate pears until you get to 2 cups and add to wet mixture. Stir well to combine.  

Step 7

Add pear mixture to flour mixture. Stir well and until you don’t see anymore flour.

Step 8

Pour batter into baking pan. Bake for about 60 minutes, checking after 50 or so. Insert a toothpick and if it comes out clean it is done.