We had some yumminess at our house this morning. Kelsey can't get enough of it, but Connor likes it, too. Maddox won't try any, but I think it's because he has a cold and he's not eating anything right now. It's all kinds of delicious.
Yesterday I was looking at some red anjou pears in my fruit bowl that had come in my produce co-op and needed to be used. The last batch I had didn't quite ripen the way I like to eat them, and ended up being wasted. I didn't want that to happen again, and I remembered this recipe for pear bread was given to me by a friend years ago. I modified the recipe by adding a little extra spice and cutting back on the sugar. If I were to make it again, I might cut back on the oil as well. Regardless, it was delicious! It should be noted that I also used raw sugar (sucanat) for my sweetener rather than the white sugar, so my loaves look darker than yours probably will.
2 cups peeled, shredded pears (about 4 pears)
1 1/2 cups sugar (white or sucanat)
3/4 c oil
3 cups flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
2 dashes of cloves (optional)
3 dashes of nutmeg (optional)
I guess I should have taken a picture of how I grated the pears, but I realized pretty quick that I need to just peel it whole and then grate the pear directly off the core. It went so much faster than the first pear where I cut it into sections and then tried to grate it. I wasted a lot of pear that way, too.
Anyway, once you have your pears shredded, put them into a bowl and add your sugar, eggs, and oil.
Now this is where you are going to see what a lazybones I an in the kitchen. You are supposed to mix the dry ingredients together, make a well in the center, then mix the wet ingredients together and dump them into the center and mix. However. That gets too many dishes dirty for me. So, I mixed my wet ones first, then I sprinkled my dry ingredients on top, starting with the flour. That way they'll get evenly distributed as I stir without clumping up.
And when you're done, it looks like this:
Spread it into 2 greased bread pans. (My fondest wish is to have 2 of the Pyrex bread pans, but I never remember that until I'm actually baking bread. I currently only have 1, and I like my bread pans to match. Weird, I know.)
Bake it at 325 degrees Fahrenheit (in a preheated oven, don't forget!) for 1 hour and 15 minutes. When you're done, the house will smell amazing and it'll look delicious, like this:
When I make my first batch of sweetbread, it feels like Fall has finally arrived!