Late summer is the time for pears. Pear season starts when Bartlett pears begin arriving in supermarkets. They are followed soon after by Bosc and Comice, which have their season through the autumn and winter. The Anjou is known as a winter pear. When the dog days are upon us, I start getting a craving for this spiced pear bread, which tastes like autumn to me. It is so delicious and absolutely something you should try for yourself.
This recipe makes two loaves, and it freezes beautifully so feel free to eat one now and save one for later.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 C vegetable oil
2 C granulated sugar
2 ½ C pears – peeled, cored and chopped
1 C chopped pecans
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
To begin, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease two 8×4 inch loaf pans.
In a large mixing bowl, beat together oil, sugar and eggs until well combined. Stir in the pears, pecans and vanilla.
In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir dry ingredients into the pear mixture and mix well.
Pour the batter into your loaf pans and bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Allow the loaves to cool in their pans for about 10 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
This is a great bread to eat as is, but I love it spread with a bit of butter, some honey or if I want to be really decadent, a drizzle of cream.