Pear Vanilla Bread
9 August, 2020

Pear Vanilla Bread Recipe

Pear Vanilla Bread

As I shared recently, I’ve been canning up a quite a bit of fruit lately, including pears. I had another 20 pound box of pears to address today and the plan was to make my favorite jam everPear Vanilla Jam (from the blog, Food in Jars).

Pear Vanilla Jam Recipe

I know I’ve raved about this jam before – but it is simply the best jam I’ve ever tasted! It’s also ridiculously easy to make as there is no peeling of pears required and it’s a soft set. While canning up a batch today I was inspired to take the two primary flavors – pear and vanilla – and turn it into a luscious bread. It turned out so good, I knew I had to share it with you.


Start by taking 2 or 3 pears and blending them. I just put them through my Vitamix with a tiny bit of water. Notice I did not peel them and I did leave some chunks. I then scraped one vanilla bean with a spoon and mixed it into the pears. I then added the pod and let it all sit while I worked on the rest of the bread.

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Blend 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup) with 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup white sugar. Add two eggs.

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Discard the vanilla pod from your pears and blend them into the mixture. Now, I used 2 cups of the pears and the resulting bread was VERY moist…. as in falling apart moist. If this appeals to you, by all means, add 2 cups. But if you prefer a bread that will be a little easier to manage and still have all the flavor – I’d reduce this to just one cup of pears.

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In another bowl, mix 2 cups of flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, ½ tsp salt, 1 tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp nutmeg, ¼ tsp cloves, and ¼ tsp cardamom. You don’t have to add the spices, but I think they add a nice fall touch to this bread! You could also use whatever spices appeal to you.

Gently blend the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just mixed.

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Pour into a lightly greased loaf pan and bake in a 350° oven for 40-60 minutes, until the toothpick comes out clean.

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This bread smelled delicious coming out of the oven! I like that it’s different than your standard banana, pumpkin, or zucchini bread – but still feels like a distinctly fall recipe.

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The 2 cups of pears yielded a very moist bread…so much so you’d almost prefer to eat it in a bowl with a fork! Again, reduce this closer to 1 cup if you want a bread that’s a bit more “portable.” I love the texture from leaving some of the chunks of pears in, too.

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Lucky me… my pear vanilla jam was done just in time!

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This bread goes perfectly with a cup of coffee and a dreary fall afternoon.


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