Recipe by Graciebonica
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.
Top Review by samanthaflo
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.
- 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
Directions See How It's Made
- 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.