This easy quick bread is filled with spices that enhance the pear flavor.
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3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs
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 large 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. Reduce speed to low. Add all remaining bread ingredients except walnuts; beat 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 small bowl. Drizzle over loaf.
For gift giving, make 3 mini loaves instead of one large loaf. Prepare batter as directed above. Spoon into 3 greased (5 1/2x3-inch) mini loaf pans or aluminum foil pans. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Glaze mini loaves as directed above.