Super Soft Pear Bread {with brown sugar glaze!}

Super Soft Pear Bread {with brown sugar glaze!}

Soft. Moist. Irresistible. My Super Soft Pear Bread brings together the juiciness of baked pears, the warmth of cinnamon spices, and the decadence of caramelized brown sugar. This Super Soft Pear Bread is irresistible with its perfectly moist crumb and thick layer of buttery, brown sugar glaze. Requiring only one bowl and 10 minutes to prepare, my Super Soft Pear Bread is as easy to make as it is to eat. Give it a try today!

top down pear bread

Do my pears need to be peeled before being used?

The skin on pears is quite thin and soft making it suitable for baking without removing. Unlike apple skins, rest assured that there is NO need to peel the pear skins for this recipe!

I don’t have pears. Can I use another fruit for this bread?

Yes! You can replace the 2 pears listed in this recipe with 2 medium-large or 3 small apples. I have made this recipe with 2 medium ambrosia apples and it tasted delicious! Cook time will be the same as listed in recipe (approx. 60 min).

How ripe should my pears be for this recipe?

I recommend using pears that are ripe but not yet falling apart if you want to see the pieces of pear vividly in the pear bread. Having said that, I also recommend this recipe as a great use for pears that have teetered past their prime. For me, this recipe is truly the easiest and most delicious use of overripe pears!

What kind of pears should I use for this pear bread?

My favourite pears to use for this recipe are those that are in season, juicy, and sweet. Commonly used pears for baking include Bartlett, Bosc, and Anjou pears. The type of pear I used for this Super Soft Pear Bread was the Bartlett variety from my favourite Apple & Pear Orchard – Orchard Home Farm, in Brant county, Ontario, Canada.

Sliced Pear Bread

To make this recipe, you will need:

  • Pears (2 medium Pears – skin on and cubed)
  • Sugar (Granulated Sugar and Brown Sugar *for the glaze)
  • Flour (All-purpose Flour)
  • Vegetable Oil (flavourless oil)
  • Eggs
  • Baking essentials: Baking soda, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt, milk *for the glaze
Sliced Pear Bread stacked

Let’s make some Super Soft Pear Bread!

Preheat oven to 350F (or 325F Convection bake). Oil and flour the sides and bottom of one loaf pan. If using a standard loaf pan, line the bottom with parchment paper (note: if using a silicone pan, there is no need for additional parchment paper). Set aside.

In a large bowl, add sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract. Whisk ingredients together. Mixture will be smooth and glossy.

sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract
sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract mixed in a bowl

In a small bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to sift and aerate mixture

flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt
flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt whisked together

Add flour mixture to the egg mixture. Whisk to combine. Mixture will be smooth and thick.

wet and dry mixtures added together
wet and dry mixtures mixed together

Add chopped pear pieces, folding with a spatula until the mixture is evenly distributed. Mixture will appear wet and speckled with pears.

pears added to pear bread batter
mixed pear bread batter

Add pear batter to the prepared loaf pan, flattening the top.

pear bread batter before baking

Bake pear bread at 350F for ~60 min or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached. Let cool in loaf tin. While allowing pear bread to cool, begin on your brown sugar glaze.

freshly baked pear bread

In a small saucepan and over medium-low heat, heat sugar and butter until butter is melted. Add milk and continue to swirl the pan until mixture begins to boil. Allow mixture to boil for 3-5 min or until glaze is homogenous and thickened. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla extract and salt.

Remove pear bread from baking pan and place onto a flat serving plate. Pour brown-sugar glaze on top of pear bread. Allow ~5 min for glaze to set then cut into pieces and serve. Enjoy!

glazing freshly baked pear bread
Fresh Pear Bread before being cut
Sliced Pear Bread

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Super Soft Pear Bread {with brown sugar glaze!}

Soft. Moist. Irresistible. My Super Soft Pear Bread brings together the juiciness of baked pears, the warmth of cinnamon spices, and the decadence of caramelized brown sugar. This Super Soft Pear Bread is irresistible with its perfectly moist crumb and thick layer of buttery, brown sugar glaze. Requiring only one bowl and 10 minutes to prepare, my Super Soft Pear Bread is as easy to make as it is to eat. Give it a try today!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Breakfast, Dessert, dinner, lunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 slices

Ingredients
  

Pear Loaf

  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Vegetable Oil such as Canola or other flavourless oil
  • 2 Eggs large, room temperature
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon ground
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 Pears (medium) cored and finely diced Bartlett pears (or similar), optional sprinkling with lemon juice to prevent browning if cutting in advance

Brown Sugar Glaze

  • 1/3 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 Brown Sugar (light or dark) packed
  • 2 tsp Milk (2% m.f. or higher)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350F (or 325F Convection bake). Oil and flour the sides and bottom of one loaf pan. If using a standard loaf pan, line the bottom with parchment paper (note: if using a silicone pan, there is no need for additional parchment paper). Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add sugar, oil, vanilla extract, and eggs. Whisk ingredients together. Mixture will be smooth and glossy.
  • In a small bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to sift and aerate mixture.
  • Add flour mixture to the egg mixture. Whisk to combine.
  • Add chopped pear pieces, folding with a spatula until the mixture is evenly distributed. Mixture will appear wet and speckled with pears.
  • Add pear batter to the prepared loaf pan, flattening the top.
  • Bake pear bread at 350F for ~60 min or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached. Let cool in loaf pan. While allowing pear bread to cool, begin on your brown sugar glaze.

Brown Sugar Glaze

  • In a small saucepan, over medium-low heat, heat sugar and butter until the butter is melted and sugar begins to bubble at the edges (note: while butter is melting, swirl pan to prevent burning).
  • Add milk and continue to swirl the pan for 3-5 min or until mixture is uniformly melted and bubbling/thickening (note: the milk solids from the milk may surface – don't worry!). Remove from heat and add vanilla and salt. Use a whisk to mix the glaze until homogenous and allow to cool for 5 min, stirring occasionally (note: the glaze will harden as it cools).
  • Remove pear bread from baking pan and place it onto a flat serving plate. Pour brown-sugar glaze on top of pear loaf. Allow glaze to set then cut into pieces and serve (note: if you are in a hurry – simply place the loaf in the fridge for the glaze to set). Enjoy!

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Notes

Sofia’s Tips:
  • Unsure what kind of pears to use? Any pear will do! I recommend Bartlett, Bosc, or Anjou pears
  • Don’t have pears?! You can replace the 2 pears listed in this recipe with 2 medium-large or 3 small apples. Cook time will be the same as listed in recipe (approx. 60 min).
  • Want to try this recipe with nuts!? This recipe can be deliciously made with the addition of 1/2 cup of your favourite nuts/dried fruit mixed into the batter.
  • To Freeze: Tightly wrap the baked and cooled pear bread in an air-tight freezer bag/container. Place in the freezer for up to 1 month. 
 
 
Have you tried this recipe!? I would love to know what you think! Leave a comment below! 
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