Spiced Pear Bread
This spiced pear bread is moist, flavorful, and delicious! Filled with homemade applesauce, walnuts (optional), and fresh pears, it is seriously the best quick bread recipe. (Note: Pictures and recipes updated in Sept 2020)
This is a tale of lack of inspiration.
I think pears hate me. This is the third pear recipe I’ve made in the past month that failed to photograph well. First, there was a very high top brown butter pear muffin. It was just not happening that day I tried taking the photos and I gave up and enjoyed them instead. The recipe was inspired by this one in case you want to indulge!
Then there was this pear tart three weeks ago and the photos were very bland so they stayed in my archives, untouched. Surprisingly, it is one of my favorite recipes so far because the vanilla bean custard filling of the tart is to die for. I was very proud that I developed a recipe idea on my own and it tasted great! Just didn’t picture well at the time.
Not giving up on pears, I made this spiced pear bread the other day only to have the same issues shooting. But bad pictures could not stop me this time from sharing the recipe with you.
This spiced pear bread is moist, flavorful, and delicious! Filled with homemade applesauce, walnuts, and pears, it is seriously the best bread I have ever tried. We devoured it in TWO days. Mr. J loved it so much that I am required to make it again…at least that’s what the not-so-subtle sign of pear purchase is telling me.
Obviously, I can’t blame the pears for my picture misfortunes. It’s all me and my uninspiring moments in October. I’ve not been feeling very motivated about blogging lately because of many things going on in my life and this is clearly coming through in my pictures. But just with pears though. Look at this brown butter cheddar apple pie? One of my favorite photos to date and happened a few days after this bread. Makes me wonder if pears are secretly sabotaging me. But who cares, as I step away from my computer to get inspired once again, I will be munching on this spiced pear bread!
Spiced Pear Bread
This spiced pear bread is moist, flavorful and delicious! Filled with homemade applesauce, walnuts and pears, it is seriously the best quick bread recipe.
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour + 2 tablespoons divided
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon all-spice
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¾ cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup peeled and chopped pears
- ½ cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
- 1 tablespoon Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a medium loaf pan with baking spray.
- Whisk together the 1 1/2 cup flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt in a medium bowl.
- In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, sugars, applesauce, Greek yogurt, and vanilla extract to combine. In another small bowl, toss the pears with two tablespoons of flour.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until it is combined. Fold in the pears and walnuts, if using.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar and bake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing and cooling completely on a rack.
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How do you stay motivated? What keeps you inspired?
Zainab, I have had similar experiences with pears hating me! But I’m so glad you shared this bread because it looks divine. I really want to try making pear and Gorgonzola pizza. Maybe it will work better since I won’t be baking pears into something?
Amy that pizza sounds so gooooood!! Make it happen soon please and of course share :))
I hate when photographs don’t turn out 🙁 So frustrating! I’m glad you shared these though, b/c that bread looks delicious! I love using applesauce and yogurt in quick breads. Makes me feel better about eating a HUGE slice
I agree! Healthy-ish breads go so quick because of less guilt. Thanks for the sweet comment 🙂
All your pear desserts sound wonderful — especially the tart with vanilla bean custard! I still haven’t gotten around to making any pear desserts. We just never get enough pears from our CSA to have enough for baking. But I imagine that their pale color probably makes them very difficult to photograph. I sometimes have the same problem with apples (I’m planning to make an apple cobbler in a few weeks, but I already have a feeling it won’t photograph well).
Hope you’re enjoying your sister’s visit, my friend! I think it’s totally fine to step away from the blog if other plans get in the way : )
Thanks Jamie! I can’t wait to see the cobbler 🙂 and I have no worries your pictures will be great as usual! I just made a Pear tart (I didn’t give up) that used only one pear so that might come in handy for your CSA low yield. I’ll share it soon.
Ps: I owe u an email and it’s coming soon :). My sister is occupying all my free time outside of work. Finding time to blog is getting harder but I’m not complaining 🙂
I think these photographs look Lovely! In fact, I’m wishing I had a few pears in my kitchen so I could make this very recipe tonight! So tempting!
Thanks Monet!! I’m a little hard on myself sometimes lol! And I wish you had all the ingredients last night.
I don’t think pears hate you at all! I’m seeing GREAT pictures of FOOD I WANT TO EAT. It doesn’t get any better than that! Seriously – I would totally eat this Pear Bread, and I’m telling you – I’m totally prepared to devour that entire Pear Tart. They both look amazing, moist and delicious! My mouth is watering with anticipation!
Thank you very muck Kristi! I forget sometimes that the goal is to present food in an edible manner which clearly you are digging :))). The bread was all that- moist and amazing. I hope you get to try it. Will make any cold fall night warmer 🙂
Oh this sounds delicious! I loooove pears!
I’d like to invite you to come be a part of the Favorite Family Recipes virtual recipe swap I am hosting on my blog! Check out blog for more details– hope to see you there!
Thanks Susan!! I’m heading over now to check out the details 🙂
I’m sorry to hear you’re not feeling inspired lately. I hope everything gets better for you soon.
This bread looks amazing to me though. I love baked goods with pears, they’re great 😀
Thanks Consuelo! I’m sure I’ll get back in the game soon :). Thanks for always being here 🙂
Oh yum!! This looks delicious! Perfect for this time of year!!
Yes Cailee perfect indeed! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
I am so picky when it comes to the food photos that I post. Sometimes I will make something and the photos will stay on my computer for months because I don’t think they are good enough to post! So I know what you mean. But seriously, this bread looks and sounds amazing! Pear is such an underrated fall flavor!
Meghan you have such great photos!! But I do understand what you mean. I wish I baked more with pears. I’m looking into a tart next lol! I will not give up on pears.
After you had told me in your comment about your pear bread, I had hoped you would share it! I have ALWAYS wanted to bake with pears and this loaf looks so good! It has some serious texture and love all the flavors. I don’t know if any pictures could do justice to this bread, honestly:) Pinning!
Pears are not used enough in fall baking and it’s sad. It’s amazing. Goes very well with fall spices!!
Your bread looks delicious to me, Zainab! I love pears, and I done bake with them enough. That tart sounded amazing, too!
Thanks Marcie! Me too. I wish I used them more too. I’m reattempting the tart again.
I think the pictures are great! I love pears and I think they are not used often enough in recipes!
Thank you Nancy! I can be too hard on myself sometimes lol! I’m trying a few more pear recipes and will share soon 🙂
That is true. Can you tell me what takes the tarter out of the pears when making pear bread, the the pairs were giving to me from a friends tree,but very sour and tarty,
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