I’ve been craving pear bread ever since I saw some in the store the other day. 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. 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. 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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