Pear bread for any occasion

Pear bread

I was very sad to see Mindy leave Masterchef last night. For anyone not watching the series. Last night was the episode that cut the contestants down to the final three. I’d had my money (not literally, I’m too cheap for that) on Mindy for about two months.

The dish she created last night was perfect and so tasty looking but one little set back sent her home – the snapper wasn’t cooked through.

I personally thought it was a bit biased considering another contestant served raw fish and a rather unsatisfactory dish. Granted it was sashimi but it was still raw!

Pear bread

As much as I’d love a girl to win, I’ve now switched my money to Andy and I’ll be cheering him on tonight when he is crowned Australia’s next Masterchef.

My latest creation might not be Masterchef-worthy but it’s a yummy, lightly-spiced bread that could be served with a nice hot coffee for breakfast or equally suit a posh afternoon tea. It’s very quick to whip up. The only down side is that it requires a fair bit of grating but if you have a machine to do the work for you it’s easy peasy.

The ingredients

There’s something so rustic and friendly about the look of pears isn’t there? Ok maybe it’s just me but I wish I could have a fruit bowl full of them all year round.

Dry ingredients

There’s not much work involved in making pear bread. You just need two bowls and a spoon and fork. To start, pour the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl, emphasis on large, and then stir them all together with a fork.

The wet ingredients

In another not so large bowl, stir the eggs, grated pear, sugar, butter and vanilla together.

Mixing it up

Tip the wet ingredients on top of the flour mixture and stir it all together just until everything is combined. Don’t over-stir it or you’ll end up with tough bread.

Ready for baking

Divide the batter between the two baking tins and spread it out so the tops are flat. Bake the loaves for 60-70 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.


Leave the baked breads in their tins to rest for 10 minutes.


Then transfer them over to a wire rack to cool completely.

Pear bread

Slice it up fresh from cooling and serve to the hungry hoards.

Pear bread

I think a smear (or a big blob) of butter would finish it off perfectly. Enjoy!

What about you? Do you watch Masterchef? Who do you want to win?

Pear bread\

This recipe was adapted slightly from Smitten Kitchen.

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Pear bread
  • 3 cups plain (AP) flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 200g (7oz) butter, softened or ¾ cup oil
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1½ cups caster (superfine) sugar
  • 3 firm, ripe pears, grated (grate them at the last minute)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175C (347F) fan-forced and great and line two loaf tins so that the paper extends over the long sides to make handles.
  2. In a large bowl, use a fork to combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the butter, eggs, sugar, grated pear and vanilla.
  4. Tip the we mixture into the flour mixture and stir it all together just until it is mixed in.
  5. Divide the batter evenly between the two tins and bake the loaves for 60-70 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  6. Leave the bread to rest in the tins for 10 minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Slice up and serve.



  • I had a “ladies who laugh” dinner party on Wednesday night and we had to keep the TV on for one woman (who doesn’t cook, mind you) so she’d know who won. Halfway through dinner she was texting or messaging on Facebook.

    I haven’t watched this series at all. I must admit that sometimes the stress of it all gets to me. I hate it when someone does a meltdown. That’s not enjoyable for me but I know it’s exciting for a lot of people so I don’t judge. I get my best recipes from blogs like yours and this gorgeous pear bread!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply July 30, 2012

      Ladies who laugh? Tell me more that sounds like fun!

  • Hotly Spiced

    Reply Reply July 26, 2012

    You were right about Andy. I really think though the crown should have gone to Mindy. She was definitely the best and most consistent cook this series. She shouldn’t have taken advice from that stupid chef. And I think the prize money is so stingy. They’re on that show for six long months and that show brings in so much money so Channel 10 is just miserable in my opinion. Lovely looking pear bread. That would be so yummy smothered in butter xx

    • Claire

      Reply Reply July 26, 2012

      It was so disappointing. I picked Mindy from so long ago and she’s been so consistent as you say. I hadn’t thought about it but it is a pretty measly amount when you consider what the network gets and what the contestants give up!

  • Claire, this looks delightful, your pictures just keep getting better and better!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply July 26, 2012

      You’re too kind Chris! Thank you!

  • I haven’t been watching Masterchef at all this year. Sadly I’ve missed the last couple of years, how bad is that? 😮

  • molly kelly

    Reply Reply July 25, 2012

    I can vouch for this one as I was a very happy recipient of one loaf!
    Very delicious and even better toasted and with the crowning blob of butter!
    Mum x

  • Love the sound of your pear cake Claire 😀 This sounds like it’s taking banana bread up a notch.

    I don’t watch Masterchef, I just couldn’t bring myself to watch the Australian version after being a fan of the original UK version, but I think you’re right, often the wrong contestant goes home. I think it’s all down to who they think will make better tv, which is sad really, when ultimately it’s a cooking competition.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply July 25, 2012

      Very true Jen a jazzed up banana bread. I have an even jazzier version coming up soon.

      You’re right although this season the last three people to be kicked out would have been my pick for the top three on cooking and personality!

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