Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Monday, September 19, 2011

Spiced Pear Quick Bread

There are a few things that really speak "fall" to me when it comes to food....apples, pumpkins and of course, pears!  This Spiced Pear Quick Bread says fall for sure!  Since it is made with canned pears, you can actually make it anytime of the year you like. 

This quick bread is VERY moist and you can really taste the pear flavor through out.  To maintain a BIG pear flavor, I roughly mashed the pears with a pastry blender leaving visible chunks of pears in the mash.  When the bread is divided into 16 servings, it comes in at 4 points+ per serving.  (I cut it into 8 big slices and then half each of those slices for a serving)   I like to top the bread with a TBS or so of turbinado sugar before baking ( that's the shiny coating on the top ) but that part is totally optional.  I did replace half the sugar called for in the recipe with MoreFiber™  Stevia Baking Blend and I was really happy with the result, but you could either use all sugar or all MoreFiber™  Stevia Baking Blend if you like.

Spiced Pear Quick Bread
loosely adapted from a recipe on

Yield - one  5 x 9" loaf   Servings - 16   Serving size - 1/16th of loaf   Points Plus per Serving - 4 Points+
Calories - 145.3,   Total Fat - 3.4g,   Carb. - 25.7g,   Protein - 2.6g,   Fiber - 1.2g


2 (15 ounce) cans of sliced pears, in juice, drained and  roughly mashed
2/3 cups granulated sugar ( I replaced half the sugar with MoreFiber™  Stevia Baking Blend )
3 TBS canola oil
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup lowfat buttermilk
2 cups all purpose flour ( can use half whole wheat pastry flour, if desired) 
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
3/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray 5 x 9" loaf pan with cooking spray ( I like to use Baker's Joy ) 

2. In med bowl, combine the mashed pears, sugar ( or sugar and MoreFiber™  Stevia Baking Blend ), oil, eggs, vanilla extract and buttermilk.  Set aside.  

3.  In large bowl, combine the flour, spices, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Use a whisk to blend well.  Make a well in center of flour mixture.  Pour the pear mixture into the bowl and mix until just combined.  Spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf pan, spreading the top evenly and sprinkle with turbinado sugar, if desired.  

4.  Bake for 60 - 70 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes in pan, then remove to wire rack to cool completely. 


I loved the flavor of the spice combination in this quick bread and the pears just gave it such a moist texture!  Although replacing half the sugar with MoreFiber™  Stevia Baking Blend didn't effect points+ values, it did reduce the overall amount of refined sugar in this recipe by half, without sacrificing any flavor or texture.  

Have you entered a comment for a chance to win some great product from Nunaturals  in my giveaway yet?  You can find out how HERE.  I used the Pure Liquid Vanilla Stevia. this morning to sweeten my oatmeal...and I tell you what, I don't think I will ever go back to using other sugar replacements! was sooo good in oatmeal!  The Pure Liquid Vanilla Stevia. is one of the products you can win in the giveaway!  So go and check it out!

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  1. Love pears! I want to try this with a few of the fresh ones I have on hand! How tasty!!

  2. It is pear season and this bread looks amazing. I bet it is super moist and how handy that it uses canned pears!

    I have yet to bake with the Stevia More Fiber but I do have it in my pantry.

  3. Oh really have to try it. I was skeptical because texture in baked goods is so dependent on sugar content...but I have been really happy with it in the baked items I have used it in.

  4. I have never had pear bread before - looks delicious - and THANK YOU for your comment to my last blog post - love the idea of saving points for the snacks and not feeling guilty for eating them.


  5. I've never had pear in a quick bread but it sounds delicious. I love the flavors of fall.

  6. I've never tried baking (or cooking) with pears before, so this recipe definitely sounds intriguing. Thanks for linking this up to my hop!


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