I’ve been craving pear bread ever since I saw some in the store the other day. Funny how that happens. The store version was much too big for one person, so I ran to the Internet. I started out thinking I would make the Smitten Kitchen pear bread recipe. But, that turned out to make two loaves. I’d never be able to eat two loaves of bread before it went stale. Even a single, full-size loaf was more than I wanted, especially for an experiment. So I kept looking. Then I found that Desserts for Two had a banana bread recipe that, with some tweaking, would do nicely. So, ginger pear bread was born.
I didn’t want to play around with reducing the sugar, but I was concerned that 3 tablespoons of sugar plus the honey plus the pears would be too sweet. So, I balanced the sweetness of the pears with the bite of some cinnamon and a bit of ground ginger. Ginger is both sweet and spicy, depending on what other flavors you combine it with.
I topped the whole thing with some chopped almonds for a bit of nutty crunch. They were supposed to go in the bread mixture, but I forgot!
One warning though, when you finish mixing the combined ingredients, the result will look a bit odd before you bake it. However, the finished bread is delicious.
Substitutions and Variations for Ginger Pear Bread
- If you like, revert back to the original and use bananas instead of pears
- I used almonds, but walnuts or pecans would work too
- Add more ginger, or some candied ginger for more bite
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