I had three pears that were so ripe that eating them would have been a mess, so I peeled and mashed them with a fork and decided to try making a pear-based quick bread. I decided the molasses that I usually use for quick bread would overpower the pears and decided to use buckwheat honey instead. I also thought dried cranberries would not work well and opted for dried apricots, a milder flavor. This takes no special equipment other than a bread pan.
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup mashed pears
- 1/4 cup buckwheat honey
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp powdered ginger
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cardamom
- 1/2 cup dried apricots (chopped small)
- 1.3 cup chopped pecan
Preheat to 300°
First cream 1/2 cup of butter with 1 cup of sugar. I use a whisk, but if you have a mixer, use it. I used room temperature butter, but you can take cold butter, cut it into pieces and then cream it with the whisk. Once the sugar and butter is light and creamy, fluffy even if you have the energy, add the eggs, one at a time, whisking them into the batter.
In a bowl, mix the mashed pears and buckwheat honey together. If you don’t have buckwheat honey, use regular honey, but use a little less. Buckwheat honey is not as sweet tasting.
In another bowl, mix the flour and spices.
Add the pear mixture and the flour mixture about 1/3 at a time, so you blend thoroughly, first the pears, then the flour, pears, flour, pears, and flour.
Finally gently fold in the pecans and the dried apricots.
Pour the batter in the greased bread pan and bake for about 90 minutes. Test with a knife after an hour or so and see if it comes out dry. My bread pan is one of those very thick insulated ones, so I need 90 minutes, but a thin bread pan will cook faster.