Ginger Pear Walnut Bread

My friend Katie, the Superwoman behind Good Things Catered, and I share a love of pears and ginger. So when I saw this delicious bread on her blog, I immediately added it to my list of things to make. And boy am I glad I did!

I knew I’d made the right choice about ten minutes into the baking time when my whole apartment smelled divine. By the time the bread was done baking, I could hardly wait long enough for it to cool just enough to cut a slice. Katie said this bread would be better after cooling and sitting for a day (or overnight, in my case) and she was, of course, right. The flavors were at their prime the next day. Looks like another home run, Miss Katie!

ginger pear walnut bread
Ginger Pear Walnut Bread
adapted from from Good Things Catered

1 c. all-purpose flour
½ c. whole-wheat flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
1/4 tsp. freshly-grated nutmeg
scant 1 c. vanilla sugar
1/4 c. oil or applesauce
1/3 c. pear nectar (If using oil, reduce to 1/4 c.)
1 egg, plus 1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. ripe pears (about 2 small), peeled, cored and diced
1/3 c. crystallized ginger, diced
1/2 c. walnuts, coarsely chopped

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and prepare a loaf pan (or four mini loaf pans).

2. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg and whisk to combine thoroughly, set aside.

3. In bowl of stand mixer, combine applesauce, pear nectar, and sugar and beat to combine thoroughly.

4. Add egg and yolk and beat to combine thoroughly. Beat in vanilla.

5. Turn mixer to low and add flour mixture, a little at a time, beating until just combined.

6. Stir in pears, ginger and walnuts.

7. Scrape batter into prepared loaf pan or mini loaf pans (batter will be quite thick) and spread evenly. Place into oven and bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Let cool before serving, if you can. Keep in the refrigerator, tightly wrapped, up to three days.

One year ago: One of my favorite recipes I’ve ever made, both because of flavor and memories, pear pie with maple and ginger

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  1. Anonymous
    November 22, 2009 / 4:24 pm

    Yay Kels! I'm so happy that you liked that bread. It was one of my faves. I'm so flattered you liked it as well. 🙂 🙂

  2. Kelsey
    November 22, 2009 / 7:13 pm

    Thanks, Katie!

  3. Anonymous
    November 23, 2009 / 7:50 pm

    This looks amazing! I bought some (very expensive) cardamom for another recipe so now I have an excuse to use it again!

  4. The Novice Chef
    November 24, 2009 / 4:37 am

    Looks delicious! I love special breads like this!

  5. Kass
    October 23, 2011 / 7:54 pm

    Sorry and two years later – Lol – I was wondering how much oil? It is missing from the recipe? Looking forward to making it. I am gonna use 1/4 cup Canola to start. Let me know!!

  6. Kelsey
    October 24, 2011 / 4:09 am

    Good catch, Kass. I replaced the oil with the applesauce. I've corrected the recipe now so you can use either. Thank you!

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