Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Pear Bread Recipe
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups finely chopped, peeled pears
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla
Into large bowl, sift together first 6 ingredients. Stir in pears; set aside. In small bowl, using mixer at high speed, beat sugar, oil, butter and vanilla until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time; beat until thick and lemon-colored.
Add sugar-egg mixture to dry ingredients; stir just until moistened. Spoon batter into 2 greased 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2" loaf pans. Bake in 350 degree oven 55 to 60 minutes, or until loaves are golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove; cool on racks.
Changes I have made for my personal preference--
I prefer to use 1 teaspoon cinnamon or more instead of ginger and nutmeg and I use 3/4 cup olive oil instead of vegetable oil and butter. I reduce the sugar to 1 1/2 cups.
I learned from a dear woman who in younger years cooked for groups of people to dust my pans with sugar. It gives your bread a wonderful finish.