I love baking with fruit!
I find there is something very satisfying about picking the fruit that goes into the things I bake.
One of my most memorable fruit picking adventures was picking strawberries with my 3-year-old son. It is kind-of an unspoken rule that if you are going to taste the fruit as you pick it, you do it discreetly, and only to test the ripeness of course….I mean it would be stealing if you ate enough to count as lunch. Well apparently, that was the goal of a certain little boy who shall remain anonymous! He also rolled in, slid through, tripped over, and fell into every inch of strawberries he got near. Needless to say, when I took our 10 lbs. to the little stand to pay, he was red from the top of his forehead to the tips of his little toes. Of course I didn’t have any wet wipes on me, and I think he was actually enjoying being red….I mean Spiderman IS red! The woman at the counter, bless her heart, didn’t say a word. She didn’t acknowledge him either, so maybe that was her way of letting me off the hook. I think next year I will feed him lunch BEFORE we go!
It’s pear and apple season! I have lots and lots of pears, and they are not from an orchard…which pretty much just means they are not very pretty. They taste the same, but they won’t be going into any decorative fruit bowls for sure!
So I decided to make pear bread. Pears have a pretty subtle taste and usually pair well with pecans, but I have a tree nut allergy in my home so that wouldn’t be such a good idea. My first thought was caramel, but I wanted something with a bit more “pop” …..butterscotch chips…..YUM! This turned out to be a moist fruity bread that would be good anytime of day.
Butterscotch Pear Bread
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup veg. oil
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 1/2 cups pears (peeled and roughly chopped)
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. baking powder (pref. aluminum free)
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 cup butterscotch chips
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and grease 2 bread pans or 8 mini-loaf pans.
Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl and set aside.
In a separate bowl combine applesauce, oil, sugar and eggs…..mix well. Stir in pears.
Add dry ingredients and combine, fold in butterscotch chips.
Pour batter into prepared pans and bake full loaves 45 to 50 minutes or mini-loaves 25-30 minutes. Cool in pans for 10 minutes then move to a wire rack to cool completely.
I like making breads because they are easy to wrap up and share. I think this one would be good with caramel drizzled over the top and I definitely like it served warm. Enjoy!