Prep 20 mins
Cook 55 mins
This is a tasty way to use the dried fruit that comes in gift baskets. I substituted the pears in an apricot bread recipe that I've had for more years than I can remember. The aroma of the baking bread is delightful! Slices may be toasted and buttered if preferred.
- 6 ounces dried pear halves
- 2 cups hot water
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 large egg
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 1⁄2 cup orange juice
- 1⁄2 cup chopped pecans
- Cover dried pears with 2 c.
- hot water and let soak 30 minutes.
- Drain pears and snip into small pieces.
- Sift dry ingredients together (except sugar).
- Combine in another bowl sugar, butter, egg, 1/4 c.
- water and orange juice.
- Mix well; add dry ingredients.
- Stir in pears and pecans.
- Pour mixture into a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan, which has been lightly greased and floured.
- Bake at 350F for 55-60 minutes.
- Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan and cool completely on rack.
- Makes 1 loaf.
- May be frozen.
This recipe caused me some concern because the mix came out more like a batter than the sort of cake/tea bread mix i am used to. I worried (and am still not sure) if this was right or if i had made some mistake when converting from US cups to British imperial measures. But even the uncooked mix tasted divine and i so wanted this to work but was so worried it wouldn't. I needn't have worried it came out perfectly moist and absolutely wonderful. It did take slightly longer than the hour stated in the cooking time (1hr 15mins) but this may be due to it being too low in the oven. I used dried apple instead of dried pear cos thats what i had. I would recommend this recipe to anyone.
The 2 of us here agree ~ This is one OUTSTANDING bread! I had planned to make it when we had some company around, but that didn't work out ~ We were so put out 'cause we then had to eat it all ourselves (much to our delight)! Easy to put together, great smell when it's cookin', & absolutely wonderful in the eating! Thanks much for sharing the recipe! [Made & reviewed for one of my adoptees in the current Pick A Chef event]
Just made this bread, and it is very good! I had dried mangoes and used those following the recipe. Didn't have orange juice, so used white grape juice, and added 1 tbsp orange zest to it. It smelled so good when it was baking, and will be great for breakfast with a cup of coffee. Thanks Deb, Carole in Orlando