Pears have not been the go to fruit throughout my life, I’ve always preferred a crunchy crisp apple over the soft and often times gritty texture of a pear. It wasn’t until I tested positive as allergic to Apples, that I started to appreciate the pear, at first because I really had no choice, now because they are so diverse in species and amazing to cook with.
Through my out that they can be awesome in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They have many health benefits and you can check some of them out here.
Although I have not completely kicked the apple out of my life ( I will cook with them once in a blue moon), the pear has made a wonderful substitute, and has won a special place in the soul of my belly!
Now when I need to grab a quick snack to go instead of the trusty apple I’m picking for Pears! Which also means we have tons of pears around and sometimes they start to get ugly and then I no longer want them….here’s where it gets fun. Instead of throwing them away, I make pear puree which is really easy and you don’t need to cook them first being that pears are already soft.
Click here for my “technique”, if you want to call it that….it’s really too easy to refer to it as a technique!
Let’s not forget about pear bread tho……here’s what you need……..
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup pear puree (I used a Williams pear but fell free to substitute)
1 tbs vanilla extract
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup crushed pecan
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
Pre heat oven to 350°
Grease a small bread pan.
In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt, baking powder, and nutmeg. Make sure it is all well incorporated.
With an electric mixer mix softened butter and sugar.
Add in eggs one at a time beating well after each. Add pear puree mixing on high-speed well for about 2 minutes.
Now mix together dry and wet ingredients being careful not to over mix add vanilla extract and place in greased bread pan.
In small bowl mix butter, brown sugar, and crushed pecans. Press the butter into the sugar and pecan until you’ve reached a crumbly texture.
Sprinkle sugar pecan mix on top of batter in the bread pan.
Now bake for 40-45 minutes…….
Voila! You will be amazed at how the pear taste is so abundant in this bread. It’s simply delicious!
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cup pear puree (I used a Williams pear but fell free to substitute)
- 1 tbs vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup crushed pecan
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- Pre heat oven to 350°
- Grease a small bread pan.
- In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt, baking powder, and nutmeg.
- With an electric mixer beat softened butter and sugar.
- Add in eggs one at a time beating well after each.
- Add pear puree mixing on high-speed well for about 2 minutes.
- Now mix together dry and wet ingredients being careful not to over mix.
- Add vanilla extract and place in greased bread pan.
- In small bowl mix butter, brown sugar, and crushed pecans.
- Press the butter into the sugar and pecan until you’ve reached a crumbly texture.
- Sprinkle sugar pecan mix on top of batter in the bread pan.
- Now bake for 40-45 minutes…….