Pear bread

close up of a slice of pear bread

This pear bread begs to be underestimated. But I kid you not, I prefer this to any banana bread I have had recently. The butter, almond meal and cinnamon make this one of the tastiest breads I’ve had in ages.

I feel my pictures don’t really do this justice. I took them at 7am before I packaged a third to take to my work, a third for my boyfriend to take to his work and froze the last third. Because this recipe makes a lot of pear bread. In my rush I forgot to dust it with icing sugar (confectioners’ sugar for the American’s among you).

pear bread cut up with a slice on a plate
Hang on. I can fix this. Through the power of the interwebs and my amazing photoshop skills this has to be possible.

pear bread with 'icing sugar goes here, or glaze' written on top
Ta da!

The moral of the story? Next time you go to make banana bread – don’t. Make pear bread. It’s better. And you can always fix it with the powers of the interwebs if you need to.

This received rave reviews at both mine and the boyfriend’s work. Even without the icing sugar on top.

3 cups wholemeal flour (or plain, if it’s what you’ve got)
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
½ cup of almond meal (optional)
¾ cup butter, softened, or 3/4 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 ½ cups sugar
2 to 4 firm, ripe pears, depending on size (you’ll need 2 grated cups total, but I don’t recommend you grate them until you are about to use them, so they don’t brown)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Heat your oven to 180°C (350°F ) and lightly grease a 10 inch/25 cm tube pan, spring form cake tin (that’s what I had) or two 9 by 5 inch (22 by 12 cm) loaf pans.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and almond meal in a large mixing bowl, and stir with a fork to mix everything well.
  3. Peel and core pears, then grate them. You’ll want two grated cups total; set them aside.
  4. Add the butter or oil, eggs, sugar, grated pear, and vanilla all at once, then stir to the batter until it is evenly moistened.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 50 minutes, or until the bread is handsomely browned and firm on top and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  6. Cool the bread in the pan on a wire rack or folded kitchen towel for about 10 minutes. Then turn it out onto a plate or a wire rack to cool completely, top side up.
  7. Serve it as is, sprinkle it with confectioners sugar or drizzle it with a simple glaze made from whisking 3 tablespoons milk or buttermilk, a dash of vanilla and 2 cups of icing sugar together.

Serves: Ah, how long it a piece of string. I cut it up into 24 pieces. 8 came to work with me, 8 to my boyfriend’s work, and 8 stayed at home to be frozen for later.

Healthy: If you cut it into 24 slices as I did then they are 185 calories a slice. The whole recipe is 4449 if you wish to do your own math.

Storage: Freezes well. Otherwise store in a airtight container for 2-3 days.

Source: Smitten kitten’s pear bread.

21 Comments on Pear bread

  1. Clip Snark
    12 May 2012 at 12:47 pm (6 years ago)

    Mmmm…pear + bread sounds delicious. 🙂 I’ll have to make this my next baking adventure.

  2. frugalfeeding
    12 May 2012 at 6:44 pm (6 years ago)

    Better than banana bread? Hmmm. Hah, in honesty, Aimee, this looks SO delicious. It must be nice to have a change from banana bread, even if it is delicious 😀

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      14 May 2012 at 1:47 pm (6 years ago)

      I also think banana bread is delicious, don’t get me wrong! But change is as good as a holiday 🙂

      • frugalfeeding
        15 May 2012 at 2:47 am (6 years ago)

        I agree wholeheartedly.

  3. Kristy
    13 May 2012 at 10:20 am (6 years ago)

    Pear instead of banana bread?! I’m all over it. I haven’t made banana bread since our challenge. I needed a break. Pear bread sounds wonderful though!

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      14 May 2012 at 1:48 pm (6 years ago)

      Oh yea! After your challenge I bet you are. I ended up being over Banana Bread after making two loaves of it in a row so I can’t imagine how you guys fared. But, their is more of your to eat it all 🙂

  4. Sarah
    13 May 2012 at 10:35 am (6 years ago)

    love this idea! i’ve been making pear oatmeal lately and it’s just so good, so i bet pear bread would be great!

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      14 May 2012 at 1:49 pm (6 years ago)

      I’ve been doing peach oatmeal at the moment, I should give pear a shot!

  5. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    13 May 2012 at 10:39 pm (6 years ago)

    WOW! This sounds AWESOME Aimee! I have two very overly ripe bears (I realized the type-o before clicking send,but just don’t have the will power to change it…I think overly ripe bears sounds kind of interesting) on my counter. Now, I just need to get a couple more and I’m IN! My photoshop skills are rather lacking though. Note to self, remember powdered sugar before taking photos. Have a wonderful day Aimee!

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      14 May 2012 at 1:50 pm (6 years ago)

      Bear bread! Love it! I hear it’s all the rage in Canada hehehe. Ah, my jokes are bad but somehow I think you’ll giggle Geni. P.S. I think we all know it was Paint and not Photoshop I used. 🙂

  6. Courtney
    15 May 2012 at 4:19 am (6 years ago)

    Great idea! And I love your photoshop toppings – I’ll have to remember that when I forget. 🙂

  7. The Hook
    15 May 2012 at 7:30 am (6 years ago)

    Looks good to me!

  8. The Hook
    15 May 2012 at 7:30 am (6 years ago)

    Looks great to me!

  9. Mary
    15 May 2012 at 1:59 pm (6 years ago)

    This sounds great. Lovely photoshopping skills there, girl. 😛

  10. mydearbakes
    15 May 2012 at 6:12 pm (6 years ago)

    Getting hungry just by looking at your post!

  11. Caroline
    17 May 2012 at 9:39 am (6 years ago)

    Pear bread!? I’m the type of person that always makes banana or zucchini bread, but I think you just converted me. Sounds yummy!


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