Walnut and Pear Bread with Brown Butter Sage

By • December 29, 2011 • 15 Comments


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Author Notes: I love this theme! Walnuts and sage - yum. Brown butter and sage - yum. Then play around with sweets and savories and what have you, loads of good things are going to come out of this! I my case I wanted to make something immediately (of course!) without going to the store ... this bread is super easy, don't even need to get out the electric mixer. I usually will make the effort to mix my wet and dry ingredients separately but this time I didn't bother - just dump mix and bake. The bread is super moist, not too sweet, nutty and good warm or room temp!aargersi

Serves 1 loaf

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons sliced fresh sage leaves
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup white wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ripe pears - peeled, cored and lightly mashed - about a cup and a half
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • demerarra or turbinado sugar for sprinkling
  1. Heat the oven to 350. Grease and flour (or spray) a standard loaf pan.
  2. Toast the walnuts in a skillet over medium heat, then set them aside. Add the butter and sage to the skillet and cook until the butter browns - follow your nose, it should smell nutty and sagey and not at all scorched. Turn off the heat.
  3. Whisk the eggs and brown sugar together. Add in the oil and whisk that. Mix in the flour, soda, powder and salt. Now stir in the browned butter, then fold in the pears and walnuts. It's going to seem kind of wet - don't worry.
  4. Scrape into the loaf pan, sprinkle with the demerarra, and into the oven for an hour. Test for doneness, then cool a bit before you flip it out of the pan. Slice and eat!!!

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over 2 years ago lapadia

A wonderful quick bread, aargersi, lovely photo, I can smell the browned butter from here:)

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over 2 years ago mrslarkin

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Looking good! And super easy (my kind of recipe.) Can't wait to try this one, Abbie.

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over 2 years ago arielleclementine

this is beautiful, Abbie! i'm going to make it asap!

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over 2 years ago GiGi26

Count me as another who will be making your wonderful sounding bread soon!!

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over 2 years ago lorigoldsby

I was wondering what I was going to do with our "double shipments" of Harry & David pears. Will make this as a last reprieve before Serious. Diet.Serious.Exercise.

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over 2 years ago Niknud

Sounds great - would never have thought to make a sweet/savory loaf like that!

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over 2 years ago drbabs

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yum

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over 2 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

Looks devine and I bet it tastes great. Perfect to make as a hostess gift or expected house guests. Saved to try out!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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I love this recipe, making it this weekend. Amazing combo of flavors. I don't have white whole wheat flour can sub AP flour?

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over 2 years ago aargersi

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Absolutely - I was wavering between the two. You could also do a cup of AP and 1/4 regular WW. If you want!

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over 2 years ago aargersi

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I may be double posting ... but YES! Or you could do 1 c AP and 1/4 c WW if you like

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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I will let you know how it goes, making it on Saturday, Will toast in the New Year with a slice of this and a cup of eggnog, Then I'll go on a diet!! Great recipe.

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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I made this yesterday and its beyond amazing! Not to sweet, the sage and pears go so well together. The bread is moist and delicious! Love this recipe!!

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Yum! This would be great with a cup of tea as an afternoon snack.

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over 2 years ago aargersi

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Ha ha! That's exactly what I am doing right now!