Spiced Pear Bread

Spiced Pear Bread

This easy quick bread is filled with spices that enhance the pear flavor.

20 min. prep time
16 servings
343 Ratings



3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
2 tablespoons pear nectar or orange juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 large (1 1/4 cups) ripe pear, unpeeled, shredded
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup chopped walnuts


1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons pear nectar or orange juice


Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 9x5-inch loaf pan; set aside.

Combine sugar and butter in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add eggs, pear nectar and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Add shredded pear; continue beating until combined.  Add all remaining bread ingredients except walnuts; beat at low speed just until blended. Stir in walnuts.

Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely.

Combine all glaze ingredients in bowl. Drizzle over loaf.

Recipe Tip

- Pear nectar can be found in the non-refrigerated juice section of most supermarkets.

- For gift giving, make 3 mini loaves instead of one large loaf. Prepare batter as directed above. Spoon into 3 greased (5 3/4x3-inch) mini loaf pans or aluminum foil pans. Bake 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Glaze mini loaves as directed above.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 190

Fat: 8g

Cholesterol: 40mg

Sodium: 200mg

Carbohydrates: 26g

Dietary Fiber: <1g

Protein: 3g

Recipe #12751©2003Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I love this recipe! I've made it several times and it even won me a First Place ribbon at the County Fair in the quick breads category!

Was disappointed in flavor. I was hoping for more pear flavor. Yes, I used Pear Necter too. It was moist. I did add dried cranberries. Maybe cranberries were too strong of flavor mixed with the pear?
I was looking at two other pear bread recipes at the same time I was making this. One of them called for 1/4 cup sour cream so I added that. I used fresh orange juice and orange zest. It smelled wonderful while it was baking! I had just used all my confection's sugar on another recipe so instead of the glaze, I will serve with cream cheese for breakfast tomorrow morning! Next time, I"ll try the glaze! Will definitely make this again very soon!

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