Cornelia Walker Bailey's Pear Bread from Southern Cakes
- 3 c. all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 c. chopped walnuts
- 3/4 c. softened butter OR or 3/4 c. vegetable oil
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 c. sugar
- 2 c. peeled and finely grated ripe but firm pears
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
Heat the oven to 350°F and lightly grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan or two 9-by-5-inch loaf pans.
Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl, and stir with a whisk to mix everything well. Stir the nuts into the dry mixture and set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the butter or oil, eggs, sugar, grated pear, and vanilla, and stir to mix everything well. Scrape the pear mixture into the flour mixture and stir just until the flour disappears and the batter is evenly moistened.
Pour batter into the prepared pans and bake at 350°F for 60 to 70 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and firm on top and a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool the bread in the pan on a wire rack or folded kitchen towel for about 10 minutes. Then turn it out onto a plate or a wire rack to cool completely, top side up.
NOTE: I doubled this recipe and made 4 loaves- 2 in glass pans, and 2 in metal pans. They baked for 55-60 minutes. The loaves in the glass pans peaked a little higher and made a rustic chasm down the center, as opposed to the loaves in the metal pans that baked a little more evenly. Both beautiful and totally delicious.