Lemon glazed Cardamom Pear Macadamia Tea Bread

By • January 30, 2011 • 3 Comments


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Author Notes: This recipe is adapted from Lemon-Glazed Cardamom Pear Tea Bread from Quick Breads by Beatrice J. Ojakangas,Clarkson Potter Publishers, New York, 1990.

The recipe is easy, requires no mixer and quick, just like the title of the book. I made mini loaves instead of one large one because well, just because they are cuter.

I added macadamia nuts and used macadamia oil to boost the nutty flavor and mitigate the sweetness. These are a perfect pairing for afternoon tea.
The Mad Hausfrau

Makes 6 mini loaves

For the Loaves

  • 1 cup pear puree (about 2 medium pears)
  • 1/2 cup macadmia oil
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2+1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts

For the Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Poire Williams (or any Pear liqueur)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 1 teaspoon butter, room temperature
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease 6 mini loaf pans or one large one.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cardamom.
  4. In a separate smaller bowl, stir together the pear, macadamia oil, egg, zest and milk.
  5. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined.
  6. Stir in the macadamia nuts.
  7. Pour into pans and bake about 30-40 minutes depending upon the size of your pans (50 minutes for one large loaf) or until a knife inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean.
  8. Whisk together the ingredients for the glaze until smooth.
  9. While the loaves are still warm, spread the glaze over the tops.
  10. Wait until glaze has hardened a bit to cut and serve.

Tags: lemon, quick bread

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Mrs._larkin_370

about 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

They ARE cute!

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about 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

This sounds so good!

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Especially love the glaze!