Pear Cranberry Walnut Bread

pear cranberry walnut bread

MOIST. Does that word make you cringe? Sorry about that. It looks especially bad when it’s in CAPS, huh?

pear cranberry walnut bread

The word MOIST doesn’t bother me for some reason. I do, however, cringe at the words ointment and discharge but that’s a completely different blog post altogether. To cater to the moist haters, I tried searching on the Google machine for some synonyms and what I found just doesn’t cut it.

I wouldn’t call this Pear Cranberry Walnut Bread humid, drizzly, soggy, misty, mushy or clammy. It’s just dense, sturdy and moist- everything I like in a sweet breakfast/snack bread.

pear cranberry walnut bread

Sweet pears make up most of the liquid base. Cranberries add a little tartness and a pop of color. Walnuts provide good crunch and the lemon zest adds a little perfume into the bread. It’s no surprise that a loaf didn’t last 24 hours in the Shutterbean household.

And we’re off!

Ingredient gathering. It’s what I do…

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Pear grating. Look at all that juice!

pear cranberry walnut bread

Wet ingredients.

pear cranberry walnut bread

Meet dry ingredients.

pear cranberry walnut bread

Stir & stir. Chop nuts.

pear cranberry walnut bread

Nuts & cranberries. Fold.

pear cranberry walnut bread

Hello loaf pan. Hello batter in loaf pan.  It’s bake time!

pear cranberry walnut bread

Pear Cranberry Walnut Bread perfection!

pear cranberry walnut bread

Pear Cranberry Walnut bread is an ideal host/hostess gift for the upcoming holiday season.

I know I’d love a loaf…

Pear Cranberry Walnut Bread

makes 10-12 servings

(recipe adapted from the Joy of Cooking)

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups grated peeled ripe pears, with juice (about 2 pears)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9×5 inch (8-cup) loaf pan and set aside. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a small bowl. In a large bowl, whisk together egg, oil, vanilla, lemon zest, lemon juice and grated pears. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture until three quarters of the dry ingredients are moistened. Add walnuts and cranberries and gently fold until all dry ingredients are moistened. Scrape batter into prepared loaf pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a rack for 5-10 minutes before unmolding to cool completely on a rack.

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  • November 21, 2011

    Amazing. Quick bread are the best thing ever. Easy breakfast and snacking!

  • November 21, 2011

    i was JUST talking to someone the other day about how people can be weird about the word “moist” – i, on the other hand, love it as long as it’s referring to baked goods :)

  • November 21, 2011

    I know people who frequently use the word “moist” to describe their baked goods and I hate it!

  • November 21, 2011

    clammy? Gross. I’ll take moist any day.

    The bread does not look clammy, it looks delicious. I love the fresh cranberries studded throughout.

  • November 21, 2011

    I just baked up some cranberry orange bread recently. I love the tartness of the cranberries mixed with the sweetness of citrus. I have never tried using a pear in any of my bread recipes, but you have inspired me to give it a try.

  • November 21, 2011

    One of my friends hates that word, and she’s a pastry chef. What’s up with that?

  • November 21, 2011

    I don’t mind the word so much when it comes to food. And for your alternatives… clammy bread? yuck!

  • November 21, 2011

    love that the cranberries are left whole instead of those shrively, NON MOIST dried ones. Quite nice.

  • November 21, 2011

    Mmmm…this looks like a very good thing to do with the stash of cranberries I just picked up! That yummy piece of bread looks so inviting!

  • November 21, 2011

    Mmm such a yummy looking quick bread.

  • November 21, 2011

    I will take a big fat slice. Please and thank you:)

  • November 21, 2011

    you and joy are feeling the pear today!

    • November 21, 2011

      pear AND cranberry! isn’t that funny?!

  • November 21, 2011

    Oh my God, clammy bread would be so much worse. ;)

    Looks delish!

    • November 21, 2011

      Right??! Major ick.

  • November 21, 2011

    Moist doesn’t bother me at all either… but I seriously despise cranberries. I mean, I like them in things and stuff, but I hate working with them to get to that point. Why can’t they just taste good enough to pop like candy?!

    • November 21, 2011

      Get out of my head!! I was thinking ab that yesterday!

  • November 21, 2011

    there are few words that weird me out…probably because it’s one of my fave games to find out my loved ones most despised words and pummel them verbally with it.

    I’m going to make this for breakfast this week while my brothers-in-law are visiting…it should make up for all the heckling I have planned!

    • November 21, 2011

      I love that you love teasing your bros in laws cuz I DO THE SAME THING! I love finding out what someone’s least favorite word is so I can have ammo when I need it! hehe

  • November 21, 2011

    This will be on my ‘must make’ list this week! What will make a perfect day? Hot vanilla apple toddy + pear cranberry mini loaves! (freezing some for gifts….if they last that long) Giving thanks to you for these great ideas!!!!

    • November 21, 2011

      that sounds like a perfect perfect day!

  • November 21, 2011

    The word moist is a weird word… I get shivers when I hear people say it … but like you said, there isn’t any other word that quite describes what moist really means.

    On that note, what a beautiful moist bread ;)

  • November 21, 2011

    Moist is right up there on the ick-word list with “panties”. Ewww! Hate it!

    Thankfully I can look past that fact and drool over this bread. Yu-um! Never heard of using shredded pear before, and I’m loving the sound of it! I will have to try it out for myself for sure. Minus the walnuts. Because my husband is lame. Ugh.

    And thanks to you, I’ve just added a glass loaf pan to my very long list of kitchen wants. *sigh*

    • November 21, 2011

      OMG i HATE that word too. I was gonna type it but I didn’t feel like writing panties in a post! haha! Husband doesn’t like walnuts? lame indeed! ;)

  • Susan Lynn, The Insomniac
    November 21, 2011

    Ooooh, that looks yummy! And what a fun napkin under it all! You can wrap that bad boy in the napkin and send it my way! (PS Please tell me you didn’t sew the napkin too or I will go hang myself because I have done nothing with my day but catch up on life… which means 17 thousand loads of laundry!)

  • November 21, 2011

    beautiful bread! i just made a pumpkin cranberry pecan bread & i know i would love yours with the pear!

  • helly
    November 21, 2011

    i’m fine with moist, but the word i absolutely cannot tolerate is coozie. maybe because it sounds like ooze…and i don’t want ooze anywhere near my beer! in any case, the bread looks beauteous…i might have to try ;)

    • November 21, 2011

      Oh! Is that what that’s called? I thought it was a beer cozy!! Interesting!

      • helly
        November 24, 2011

        i lived in texas for a bit, and that’s where i first heard it. must be a southern term? not a fan! beer cozy sounds better ;)

        • November 25, 2011

          Maybe you need to start a cozy trend!? :)

  • Annie
    November 21, 2011

    I’m making this tomorrow. PS, I posted a pear-cranberry recipe today too. Guess it’s the season for it!

  • November 21, 2011

    Looks and sounds sooooo good, I want to make it and eat it immediately!

  • November 22, 2011

    It looks so easy to do! Thanks a lot for the procedures and the bread does look so moist, something to do to give this Christmas

  • November 22, 2011

    love this! cranberry breads are some of my FAVORITE! the grated pear is a super good idea

  • December 2, 2011

    Just had to report I made this recipe (while sipping apple vanilla hot toddy..or two) into little loaves to share at a post-concert reception. Imagine my surprise when a helpful Band Mom was trying to ‘pack up’ the leftover loaves (cue *sad trombone* on the etiquette scale). I told her to go ahead and take home those leftovers. She now has this recipe in her files. cue *happy trombone*. http://notquitegourmet.com/2011/11/30/festive-holiday-gifts/

  • December 12, 2011

    Hi, Tracy! I posted about this great little recipe on my blog – I’ve been getting quite a lot from you lately! ;)

    xo
    cortnie

  • October 25, 2012

    MY GOODNESS!!! EXOTIC FOOD PICTURES!!! GORGEOUS!!! WOW!!!

    Judy

  • November 25, 2012

    I’ve never thought about grating pears – great idea. Thanks!!!!!

  • January 18, 2013

    Fantastic, I can almost smell it.

    Even better with some mango

  • January 19, 2013

    Further proof that cranberries are not just for Christmas. Have you ever tried the meatballs with cranberries in Ikea?

  • February 1, 2013

    How many calories per slice does this bread contain

  • June 1, 2013

    I finally gave this a try. It came out well. Thank you for sharing this recipe :)

  • JC Marc
    September 14, 2014

    I made this bread 4 separate times last holiday because EVERYONE loved it. This year I am making several loaves at the same time. Thank you so much for sharing such a delicious, festive bread. This bread has been toasted, buttered, “jammed up” and used to soak up gravy. The flavors hold up well, as well as the consistency. Did I mention how delicious this bread tastes?

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