How to Make Pear Bread

This dense, moist loaf is terrific for breakfast or as the sweet center of your holiday spread.

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Pear Bread

Studded with chunks of ripe pears, granola and toasted coconut, this easy-to-make loaf is a sweet, nutty alternative to banana bread.

Follow this step-by-step guide to make the loaf. For the ingredients list, go to the Pear Bread recipe.

To Make the Bread Batter:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan with butter. 

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, granola, baking powder, sugar, salt, and spices. 

Cream together the butter and brown sugar, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each one. Alternate adding the flour and milk, in 3 additions, mixing just to incorporate after each addition. Fold in the pears and nuts, if using.

Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake for about 1 hour 15 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. 

Remove from pan and cool to room temperature.

To Make the Icing:

In a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, heavy cream, pear brandy, vanilla, butter and salt and mix until smooth.

Spread over the top of the cooled bread. 

Enjoy — this makes for a great breakfast!

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