Spiced Pear Bread

Wholesome Spiced Pear Bread

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PREP: 15 min  COOK: 1 hr
TOTAL: 1 hr 15 min SERVES: 6


2 or 3 Anjou pears, grated
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk

Glaze (optional):
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons powdered sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9×5 loaf pan and set aside.

2. Grate the pears using a handheld grater. The grating process will produce a fair amount of juice. Lift the pear gratings from the juice and place in a measuring cup. The pear gratings should equal 1 cup, meaning you may or may not require all three pears. Add the lemon juice to the pear gratings and set aside.

3. Combine the flours, salt, baking powder, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

4. Using an electric mixer, cream the brown sugar and butter until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla extract.

5. Alternate between adding the flour mixture and the milk until all ingredients are combined. Add the pear gratings and continue mixing until combined.

6. Pour the batter in the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely.

7. To create the glaze: Combine the maple syrup and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Whisk in the powdered sugar until the glaze is smooth in consistency. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled bread.

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