Spiced Pear Loaf


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups pear, peeled and chopped
  • ¾ cup regular rolled oats, divided
  • ¾ cup toasted walnuts, chopped *

Yield: 2 loaves

Oats, walnuts and nuggets of chopped pear give this loaf a heartiness, while buttermilk keeps it moist and tender.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom and ½ inch up the sides of two 8x4x2-inch loaf pans; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, ground ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and cardamom; make a well in the centre. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine buttermilk, milk, eggs, butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Add to the flour mixture. Stir until just combined. Stir in pear, ½ cup of the oats and the nuts.

Divide batter between prepared pans. Sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup oats. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a skewer inserted near centers comes out clean. (If necessary to prevent overbrowning, cover bread loosely with foil for the last 15 minutes of baking.)

Cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely.

*To toast walnuts spread on a sheet pan and bake at 350 degrees F for about 5 to 10 minutes or fragrant. Cool before chopping.

Author: Living Spaces

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