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What do you when life gives you a bunch of overly ripe pears? You make pear bread of course! Every year my dad gets a basket of pears from work. I’m normally one of the only ones who end up eating them. By the time I got home from school last Thursday they were already pretty ripe. I know I like food and all but eating 7 pears in a few days is impossible. In order to save the pears from an untimely death (in the garbage) I decided to make this pear bread. I suffered some set backs in the making of this bread, but I fortunately I still prevailed. Have you ever been half way through a recipe and realized that you’re missing a main ingredient–like say an egg? Oh that happened. I had already put most of my ingredients in their respective bowls when I realized we only had 2 eggs and I needed 3. A normal person might say, “Oh time for a quick trip to the store to get some eggs!” But not me. I’m playing the role of lazy college student on winter break this week. I did some Googling and found an adequate substitute for an egg: 1 1/2 tbsp oil, 1 1/2 tbsp water, and 1 tsp baking powder. Surprisingly, it actually worked. I probably wouldn’t use it as a substitute for all of the eggs in a recipe but when you’re only missing one it seems to do the job. Another thing that I had problems with is that the original recipe said to shred the pears. My pears were far too ripe to do that so I just diced them as small as I possibly could. I actually liked it this way because it added a little texture. So if your pears are firm but ripe you can try shredding two cups, but if your pears are overly ripe like mine I would suggest peeling the pear and then just cutting it up as small as possible. As for the topping, I just dusted a little powdered sugar over the bread when I was done but I think some kind of cream cheese or caramel icing would be really good too!
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Gluten Free Pear Quickbread
- 3 cups gluten free flour blend
- 3/4 tsp xanthan gum if your blend doesn't already contain it
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3 eggs lightly beaten
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups ripe pears, shredded (I did 2 overly ripe pears diced to get about 2 cups)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and prepare a bundt ban.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, xanthan gum (if using), baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
- In a medium bowl, mix together vegetable oil, eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract.
- Peel and core pear and then shred them (or dice finely). You will need 2 cups of the pears.
- Add the pears to the wet mixture. Mix until well combined.
- Pour the pear/wet mixture into the flour mixture.
- Stir until there are no more streaks of flour in the batter.
- Pour batter into the bundt pan.
- Bake for 50 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes and then carefully flip the bundt pan over to release the bread. Sprinkle with powdered sugar to serve.
Source: Recipe from Food Librarian