Fresh Ginger-Pear Quick Bread
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- 2 large ripe pears
- 3 tablespoons cubed peeled fresh ginger (1/8-inch cubes)
- 1⁄3 cup buttermilk
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 lemon, zest of
- 1 orange, zest of
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- Preheat oven to 350°; grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with butter, then sprinkle it with all-purpose flour.
- Turn the loaf pan upside down and tap out the excess flour.
- Peel, core, and cut the pears into 1/4-inch cubes.
- Stir the pears and ginger together in a bowl.
- Pour the buttermilk into a measuring cup; stir in the vanilla and all the zest.
- In another bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Using a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on med-high speed.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 20 seconds between each addition.
- Add the flour mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beating on low speed just until combined after each addition.
- Fold in the ginger-pear mixture.
- Pour the batter into prepared pan; bake for about 55 minutes, until a pick comes out clean.
- Cool the bread in the pan for 5 minutes.
- Invert the bread onto a baking rack; cool bread completely before covering it tightly with plastic wrap for storage.
- The bread will keep up to 3 days at room temperature, or up to 3 weeks if frozen.
- Thaw the bread completely at room temperature and reheat it slowly in a 300° oven about 15 minutes.
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