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 ever, Pear Vanilla Jam (from the blog, Food in Jars).
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.
Blend 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup) with 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup white sugar. Add two eggs.
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.
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.
Pour into a lightly greased loaf pan and bake in a 350° oven for 40-60 minutes, until the toothpick comes out clean.
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.
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.
Lucky me… my pear vanilla jam was done just in time!
This bread goes perfectly with a cup of coffee and a dreary fall afternoon.