The delicate flavor of fresh pears and pecans in this Pear Quick Bread dance enchantingly in this lovely summer loaf. Spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. Freezes well if double wrapped. Delicious and easy.
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups granulated sugar
2-1/2 cups pears - peeled, cored and chopped
1 cup chopped pecans
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two 8 x 4 inch loaf pans.
In large mixing bowl combine oil, sugar and eggs, beat well. Stir in pears, pecans and vanilla. In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir dry ingredients into the pear mixture; mix well. Pour batter into prepared loaf pans.
Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a loaf comes out clean. Allow loaves to cool in pans for 10 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
Recipe makes two 8 x 4-inch loaves.
In total, pears contain over 80 nutrients! However, it is important to know that when you purchase pears in the supermarket or farmer's market, the odds are they are not fully ripened. Leave them at room temperature to ripen for a few days. You can also store firm pears in a brown paper bag to speed up the ripening process. A properly ripened pear will have some brown-speckled patches on its skin, reflecting a more intense flavor. If a pear has dark soft spots or is punctured, avoid it or toss it.
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