Forget dull and dry breads, try this tasty Pear Ginger Bread with juicy butterscotch pears and spicy crystalized ginger. It's a sweet and spiced treat.
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I am a huge fan of quick breads. You don't need to use yeast and that means you don't need to wait for hours for the bread to rise.
Instead, quick breads use baking powder to make them rise. That makes them a bit more cake like then bread like but they are still delicious.
I had a few Butterscotch Pears from Melissa's Produce in my fruit bowl that I've been wanting to bake with. They are big, firm pears that are super juicy and sweet. They are perfect in baked goods and I knew that would taste great in a pear ginger quick bread.
- flour (you can use all purpose flour or a combination of all purpose and whole wheat flour)
- baking soda
- baking powder
- ground allspice (allspice is not a combination of spices, it's actually a ground, unripe berry)
- salt (I like sea salt but you can use table salt)
- butter (I like to use salted butter but you can use unsalted butter)
- brown sugar (you can use light or dark)
- vanilla bean paste (I use Taylor & Colledge organic vanilla bean paste but you can use vanilla extract if you don't have paste)
- milk (I use whole milk but you can use plant based milk)
- Butterscotch Pears
- Crystalized Ginger (cut into tiny pieces)
After deciding to make pear bread I went looking through my spices because I like my breads to have some spice. I ended up pulling out some ground allspice and crystalized ginger both from Selefina Spices.
The bread is easy to make. Basically you combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Then fold in the chopped pears and chopped crystalized ginger.
The batter is poured into a loaf pan and baked until it is golden brown on the edges. Then it needs to cool completely before putting on the glaze.
What are Butterscotch Pears?
Butterscotch pears are a type of pear from South Korea. They are crunchy, juicy, and sweet. They stay firm for a decent amount of time. The Butterscotch Pear is generally large in size and have very thin skins. They are great in salads, slaws, and baked into desserts.
Can I substitute something for the crystalized ginger?
While you could use fresh ginger the crystalized ginger adds a lot to the bread. It's sweet, it's spicy, and it has a bold ginger flavor. If you can find it, definitely go for the crystalized ginger.
Can I use something other than pears?
If you can't find butterscotch pears any type of pears can be substituted. Not a fan of pears? You can use apples in place of the pears. Try using a sweeter apple rather than a tart apple.
What can I substitute for the allspice?
If you don't have allspice you can do ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon and ½ teaspoon of ground ginger. It won't have the same flavor but it will still give the bread a nice, spiced flavor.
The glaze is simply a combination of powdered sugar, vanilla bean paste, ground ginger, and milk. It's whisked together and then drizzled over top of the bread.
You can simply use a spoon and drizzle it over top of the bread. If you like a lot of glaze just pour it over the top and let it drip down the sides. I decided to get fancy and put the glaze in a zip top bag, cut off the end, and make a diagonal drizzle over top of the bread.
More Pear Recipes:
- Apple Pear Pie with Crumble Topping
- Butterscotch Pear and Pecan Dumplings with Caramel Sauce
- Oatmeal Cookie Pear Bars
- Pear Ginger Mini Cakes
- Winter Salad with Pears and Citrus Vinaigrette
The bread turned out really good.. I honestly thought it would be tasty but I didn't realize how tasty. My husband and I split a piece once the glaze was on and we both said the same thing. It was almost too good.
While I'm a big fan of pears he really isn't but he likes ginger a lot. The bread is moist with a lot of sweet and spicy ginger flavor. The pears soften but are still fairly juicy and add a good bit of sweetness to the bread.
The glaze on top ties everything together. It is sweet but has a nice bite of spiciness from the ground ginger. The entire bread is just amazing. I ate it for breakfast, I ate it for snack, and I ate it after dinner. It's that good!
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Pear Ginger Bread
Forget dull and dry breads, try this tasty Pear Ginger Bread with juicy
butterscotch pears and spicy crystalized ginger. It's a sweet and
- 1 3.4 c. flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 6 Tablespoons butter
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- ½ c. milk
- 1 large Butterscotch pear, chopped
- 3 Tablespoons crystalized ginger, minced
- ¾ c. powdered sugar
- 1-2 Tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and allspice. Mix and set aside.
- In another large bowl cream together the butter and brown sugar.
- Add in the egg and vanilla paste and mix until combined.
- Add half the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until combined. Add in the milk and mix until the milk is incorporated. Add the remaining flour and mix until just combined.
- Fold in the pears and crystalized ginger.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Allow to cool for 10 minutes then run a butter knife around the edges of the bread and remove from the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.
- To make the glaze whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and ground ginger. Add more milk if needed.
- Drizzle the glaze over top of the bread and let set 15 minutes.
- Slice and serve.
Recipe adapted from Sweet & Savory Morsels
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Pear and ginger - this flavor is a winner here. Can't wait to try this recipe.
What delicious bread with pears and ginger! I love it!
I love the combo of pear and ginger--and it's been too long since I've made a quick bread!
Pear and ginger are one of my fave combos. I can't wait to try this bread.
Looks so moist and delicious! I can't wait to try this.
This bread would be perfect with my cup of coffee this morning.