Spiced Pear Loaf

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Author Notes: Last year I made pearsauce (just posted it too). I used it in the same way as applesauce in baking, and ended up with a new favorite quickbread recipe. Whole wheat pastry flour gives a little bit of nuttiness to the loaf, and dusting the top with turbinado sugar gives a shiny, crackly finish that is slightly caramelized...my favorite part. - apartmentcooker


Food52 Review: Go ahead and pop this recipe into your fall favorites file. The aroma while baking will wake the deepest of sleepers. This loaf is incredibly moist and the subtle spices work perfectly with the pears. I didn't have enough pears to make pear sauce, so cheated and bought some organic pear baby food. Since the pear sauce did have some spices in it (and the baby food did not), I went a little heavier on the spices to compensate. This one is probably a good keeper -- though mine was gone within a few hours! - sticksnsconessticksnscones

Makes 1 loaf

  • 1 cup all purpose flour, plus 2 tbsp for the dusting the pears
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch mace
  • pinch allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup pearsauce (posted recipe here: http://www.food52.com/recipes/14330_pearsauce)
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped pears
  • turbinado sugar, as needed for garnish
  1. In a large bowl, whisk the flours, baking soda, spices, and salt together.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, oil, pearsauce, yogurt and vanilla to combine.
  3. Toss the pears with the extra 2 tbsp of flour lightly to coat.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing just to combine.
  5. Gently fold in the pears, mixing just to combine. Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan, and sprinkle the surface generously with turbinado sugar.
  6. Bake in a 350 degree oven until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 35-45 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from the pan.

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