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Ginger Spiced Pear Bread.

I had a really hard time letting go of summer this year.  I’m not sure of it was the sandy baby toes, the summer squash enchiladas, or the tiny swim trunks I kept in my car just in case, but I really didn’t want it to end.  One of the best parts of our summer was the overabundance of berries and summer fruit.  Endless flats of cheap, local produce – taking over our refrigerator and staining our fingertips pink and blue. 

I didn’t just love all those summer berries because they are delicious, but also because they are so easy.  Wash grab n go – no steaming, peeling, or chopping required.  And then the pears arrived.  I had forgotten the perfection that is a juicy, ripe pear.  And I discovered that they are as good, if not even better than berries in the hands of a one year old.  Nothing gives Cullen more satisfaction than holding a giant pear wedge of his very own and chomping down.

This is my very long way of telling you that I’ve been buying a LOT of pears recently.  Too many, actually.  I guess I got a little excited.  So I decided to use up a few extra ripe pears in a baking experiment that turned out to be a baking success.

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I had planned to just make a simple pear bread using an old banana bread recipe, but when I pulled out my baking basket I saw the package of crystallized ginger and felt inspired.  And unlike (most of ) my banana bread recipes, this one is vegan!  Ginger and pear are such wonderful complimentary flavors, and this bread has just the right mix of light sweetness, punchy ginger, and seasonal spices.  I am already planning to make this for my family on Christmas morning!

Ginger Spiced Pear Bread

by Emily Malone

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45-50 minutes

Ingredients (1 loaf)

  • 1 cup all purpose four
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup (loose) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds + 1/4 cup water (or sub 2 eggs)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil (or sub canola/other oil)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe pears, diced small
  • 1/3 cup crystallized ginger, minced

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, including the sugars. Set aside.  Select two ripe pears – I used Bosc variety – and dice into very small pieces. The smaller the better – if the pieces are too big, the bread won’t hold together well. 

Ginger Spiced Pear Bread by Daily Garnish

You also want to mince the crystallized ginger.  Ginger is a really strong flavor, so small pieces go a long way!

Ginger Spiced Pear Bread by Daily Garnish

In a small dish, mix the chia seeds and water together and let sit for a few minutes.

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The chia seeds absorb the water and swell in size, creating a gooey egg-like consistency. If you don’t have chia seeds, you can sub flax seeds or two eggs here. (Insider tip: they sell chia seeds at Trader Joe’s now!)

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Once the chia-egg has formed, add applesauce, oil, and vanilla to the small dish, and whisk to combine.  Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients, and mix until combined.  Using a spatula, fold in the crystallized ginger (reserve about a tablespoon) and fresh pear.  Pour batter into a greased loaf pan, and sprinkle the remaining crystallized ginger on top of the batter.

Ginger Spiced Pear Bread by Daily Garnish

Bake for 45-50 minutes, until golden brown on top and baked through the center.  Allow bread to cool on a wire rack before slicing and serving.

Ginger Spiced Pear Bread by Daily Garnish

The crystallized ginger tastes amazing when baked – it gets sort of chewy and sweet.  I had no idea it could get even better.

Ginger Spiced Pear Bread by Daily Garnish

I love this bread because it is unexpected.  Banana bread is delicious, but predictable.  This is fun and seasonal, and would make a great gift for coworkers, teachers, babysitters, family, or a gift to yourself at the end of a long week.

Ginger Spiced Pear Bread by Daily Garnish

We had a gloomy, rainy weekend here in Seattle, which led to a lot of bread eating.  If I was a good enough photographer, I would have figured out a way to capture this bread sitting next to a window covered in rain drops.  As it is, you’ll just have to believe me that much of this loaf was consumed as a comfort food cliché – listening to rain, next to a fire, with hot coffee in hand.  Guilty as charged.

Ginger Spiced Pear Bread by Daily Garnish

We have family coming into town next weekend, and I think I might need to have one of these ready for our guests’ arrival.  Tis the season for delicious baked goods!

Ginger Spiced Pear Bread by Daily Garnish

Hopefully the first of many more to come. 

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Jess     at 4:01 pm

I love banana bread and can’t wait to try this recipe, this may be a silly question but is All purpose flour healthy? is it white flour? I prefer to use whole flours than white, pretty much I would like to know if I can skip the all pupose flour or is it necessary in baking?

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Emily Malone Reply:

I guess “healthy” is sort of a subjective term, but yes, it is white flour. You can sub in whatever type of flour your prefer!

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JoPoJo     at 4:28 pm

This bread is perfection. And you’re so right about the way the ginger changes–it really adds a lot to the texture and flavor of the bread. I made mini-loaves of this for a ginger-loving friend who had to have some unexpected surgery today, but I kept one for myself to enjoy.

Thanks for another outstanding recipe!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Hope you and your friend both enjoyed it, and that the patient is recovering well!

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luv what you do     at 6:24 pm

I love pear bread but never thought to add the ginger. This looks like it would have your house smelling incredible!

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christina.vd     at 5:37 am

I bet this would also be delightful if the pears were pureed. Mmmm, I’m going to have to try that.

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Sarah G Reply:

I’m planning on making this soon…. wondering if you made it with pureed pears?? If so, do tell!

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Maria Cole     at 4:08 pm

Wow, this looks so tasty! The husband and I are newbies to Seattle and discovering the joys of baking while it rains – often! – outside. :) Thanks for the recipe. Plan to make it, stat.

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jenna k     at 6:19 pm

wow, this looks so tasty! there just aren’t many things better than a really good pear.

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Sarah @ Kids Heart Real Food     at 6:59 pm

YUM! Pear bread is so simply but such a great idea. Can’t wait to give it a try.

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April C.     at 7:05 pm

This recipe sounds amazing! I just bought a 3lb. bag of pears so this is perfect.

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Kristin @ FoodFash     at 7:25 pm

My jaw literally dropped when I read the title of this post! I can’t wait to make it for the guests I’ll have in town next week!

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Alex (fightcancerwithfood)     at 7:56 am

Ohmygosh thank you so much for this! I only used 1/2 cup of coconut palm sugar and subbed the applesauce + oil for 2 mashed bananas and 1/2 cup soya milk and it’s absolutely delicious. Just the perfect amount of ginger, love it.

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Emily Malone Reply:

Thanks for letting me know! So glad you liked it!

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elizabeth     at 10:15 am

I made these as muffins and they turned out well, but with the crystallized ginger were too sweet for me, so I would reduce the sugar next time. I like the wheat flour and pears and also added pecans.

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Becca     at 12:41 pm

Last night I baked this as a late night snack while my boyfriend and I watched scary movies. It really hit the spot. Of course I woke up thinking of it! Turned out to be an amazing breakfast, warmed and slathered in butter.

The ginger is very punchy! I was disappointed when I got home from Trader Joe’s and realized I had purchased “UNcrystallized ginger,” but it actually looks just like yours in the picture. It was still sweetened so it worked well. Thanks for the unique and delicious recipe!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Yum – so glad you liked it!

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Pavi     at 9:26 pm

Thanks for the delicious recipe! I added in a handful of chopped dates and cut out the cane sugar. Didn’t have any crystallized ginger on hand, but didn’t miss it. Just finished a slice fresh from the oven and slathered with earth balance — two thumbs up! :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

Thanks for the feedback! I love this recipe too! :)

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