Delicious Pear & Ginger Bread
I just baked a loaf of homemade bread. I love making bread--not just in my machine, but good old fashioned quick breads.
This recipe comes from the lovely Lynnette, innkeeper at the William Henry Miller Inn in Ithaca and blogger at Bed and Breakfast Foodies. When we stayed at her inn last week for our anniversary, her baking was delicious so I knew I wanted to make some of the recipes from her blog.
~Here is where this yummy recipe came from~
2 or 3 fresh pears (we traditionally use Bartlett)
1/2 cup oil
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon good vanilla
2 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 Tablespoons candied ginger chopped
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350. Prepare pans: either a well greased large loaf pan or three mini size.
Pare, halve and core pears and coarsely chop. You should have about one and a half cups of pears.
In a large bowl, beat together the oil and sugar until very well blended.
Beat in eggs one at a time and then add sour cream and vanilla.
Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add that to the oil and sugar mixture and blend until well mixed. Add pears. Mix until you are sure they are well distributed.
Spoon into baking dishes and top with a sprinkling of coarse sugar (Turbinado) and bake at 350 for one hour and ten minutes if a large pan. If using small pans, check after thirty-five minutes.
May need to bake longer.
After done, cool for ten to fifteen minutes and turn out of baking dishes. Continue to cool on a rack.