Birnbrot - Swiss Pear Bread

Recipe by duonyte
READY IN: 3hrs 15mins
YIELD: 1 loaf




  • Dissolve the yeast in water, add one tsp flour and set aside in warm place for 10 minutes or so, until it is foamy and bubbly.
  • Mix 1 cup flour, salt, sugar and softened butter in a mixer bowl. Add the yeast mixture and egg and mix thoroughly.
  • Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth, about 10 minutes.
  • Place in greased bowo, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Prepare the filling while the dough is rising. In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil.
  • Add the fruit and the lemon juice to the water. Simmer over low heat, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes or until so tender that it can be mashed easily. Drain the fruit.
  • Puree in a blender or food processor. Remove to a bowl and combine with the walnuts, lemon zest, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix thoroughly - this will be a thick mixture.
  • Grease a large baking sheet. Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough into a 9 x 9 inch square.
  • Spread the filling on the dough, leaving a 1-inch margin all around. Roll the dough jelly-roll style.
  • Place on the grease baking sheet, seam side down, and let rise in a warm place, covered, until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Brush with glaze and bake in preheated 350 deg F oven 30 to 40 minutes or until done. Cool on wire rack.