Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Yummy Pear Bread Recipe

¾ cup butter, softened
1 ¼ cups sugar
3 eggs
15 oz. can pears, drained, reserving pear juice
1/3 cup reserved pear juice (or combine pear juice with 2 Tbsp. lime juice to make 1/3 cup)
3 cups flour
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. ground ginger
¾ cup pecans, finely chopped
½ cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. reserved pear juice (can also be with lime juice)

Oven: 350 degrees

Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs, and mix well. Drain pears, reserving pear juice. Puree pears in a blender or food processor. Stir pear puree and 1/3 cup reserved pear juice (with lime if desired) into sugar mixture.

In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and ground ginger. Stir flour mixture into pear mixture. Fold in chopped pecans.

Spoon or pour batter into two greased 4” x 8” loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes, or until bread is light brown and begins to pull away from sides of pan.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir pear juice into powdered sugar in small amounts, stirring well. The glaze should be a thick liquid.
Brush glaze over bread immediately after removing loaves from oven. Let cool for 10 minutes. Remove loaves from pans and place on baking rack. Brush on remaining glaze. Cool completely before slicing.

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