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Pecan Pear Bread

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour 5 min. + cooling

Makes

1 loaf

"We have almost 50 fruit trees on our country property, including five pear trees," notes Margaret Slocum of Ridgefield, Washington. "I like to can most of the crop, but I make sure to save some for this moist, mildly spiced bread."

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped peeled pears
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine sugar and oil. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add sour cream and vanilla; mix well. Combine dry ingredients; add to sour cream mixture and mix well. Stir in pears, pecans and lemon zest.
  2. Spread into a greased 8x4-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 65-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 226 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 163mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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