This easy pear bread recipe makes some healthy substitutions with applesauce! A great summer quick bread with fresh fruit that freezes well!
This easy quick bread is full of fresh, diced pears and a slight cinnamon flavor that is perfect for summer or fall! This recipe makes two loaves of bread so you can enjoy one now and freeze one for later!
Ingredients to make Pear Bread:
- brown sugar
- fresh pears
- vanilla extract
- baking soda
- baking powder
How to Make Pear Quick Bread
In a large mixing bowl, combine the applesauce, sugar, brown sugar, and eggs. Beat really well until it’s completely combined.
Next, you’ll want to add your diced pears. I wait until my wet ingredients are mixed to start peeling and dicing my pears. That way there’s less of a chance of them turning brown. I just use a sharp paring knife to peel the skin off. Then I set the pear standing upright on a cutting board and slice off each side. If you need to still trim the core out, do that now but most of it should be cut off in your first slice.
You should have about 2.5 cups of diced pears that you add to the wet ingredients along with the vanilla extract. Just use a stir to mix them in with the other wet ingredients.
In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and use a wooden spoon to make sure it’s well combined.
I let the loaves cool in the pans for about 10 minutes and then I remove them from the pans and let them cool completely on a wire rack.
Once they’re cool, you can either serve as is or make a quick powdered sugar glaze for them. For the glaze, I just start with about 3/4 cup of powdered sugar and then add 1 tablespoon of milk. Stir and add another 1/2 tablespoon of milk at a time until you get the consistency you want it to drizzle all over the top of that yummy bread!
It’s studded with fresh pear through the whole loaf and is so moist and delicious!
When I first made this recipe, I actually wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. I figured it would be okay, but I thought it would be a mild flavor since pears themselves aren’t really a strong flavor.
But the hint of cinnamon and nutmeg complimented it perfectly, and it really was delicious. The whole family gobbled it up!
Substitutions for Pear Quick Bread
Applesauce- If you don’t have any applesauce on-hand, you can use vegetable oil in its place. The applesauce makes it significantly healthier, though, so I’d try to use applesauce if at all possible.
Sugars- I tested my recipe using half white sugar and half brown sugar. I’m a huge fan of brown sugar and think it adds such depth to recipes like this. If you prefer, you can use all white sugar, though.
Pears- I used fresh pears for my recipe because they were in season. You could use the same amount of canned pears, though, if you want to enjoy this bread year-round!
Add Ins- This quick bread would be great with chopped pecans or walnuts or even raisins! I would add about 1/2 to 1 cup of whatever mix-in you choose!
How Long Does Quick Bread Last
We store ours in a resealable loaf container that helps keep it fresh longer. Depending on the time of year (humidity!), a loaf of quick bread usually lasts for about 4-5 days for us. You can store your bread at room temperature.
This bread (and nearly all quick bread) freezes really well, though! After it’s completely finished cooling, wrap the entire loaf really well in plastic wrap. Then, put the entire loaf in a gallon Ziploc bag and store it in the freezer for about 2-3 months or until you’re ready to eat it.
Easy Pear Quick Bread
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 8x4 loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat oil, sugars and eggs until well combined. Stir in diced pears and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir dry ingredients into went ingredients. Mix well.
- Pour batter evenly between prepared pans.
- Bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow loaves to cool in pans for about 10 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.