How often have you purchased pears and they ripen faster than you can eat them? Well, just like bananas they make a fabulous bread.

I used my Mexican Chocolate Banana Bread recipe for inspiration—subbing pears for bananas, omitting the chocolate, and adding brown sugar. This pear bread is light and fluffy and delicious when served warm.  

pear bread squares on a wooden board with fall leaves

This pear bread was inspired after a recent trip to Breckenridge, Colorado for a bloggers retreat. The Fresh Air Retreat was an intimate gathering of food creators, bloggers and influencers hosted by Liz from The Lemon Bowl and Lauren from A Curious Plate.

tablscape with pears and wine glasses fall scenery

The retreat was filled with delicious food sponsored by Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner and USA Pears, just to name a few. The meals were beyond amazing — from a private chef dinner to meals out on the town, to wine tastings, and fireside s’mores. Not only was it delicious, but so inspiring.

I learned so many fun facts about pears. For example, do you know how to tell when your pear is ripe? You check the neck of a pear for ripeness by pressing near the stem. If it gives to gentle pressure, its ripe.

USA pears testing neck of pears for ripeness

The retreat was a perfect getaway to take a drive up to the mountains and spend a few relaxing days learning, growing, and connecting with some talented and wonderful bloggers from around the country.

Meet all the talented bloggers! Be sure to check out their blogs to read more about our Breckenridge retreat and to find some delicious recipes. 

The Fresh Air Retreat attendees -- 8 bloggers standing with Colorado fall trees and mountains in the background

Jen Nikolaus yummyhealthyeasy.com / Tessa Arias handletheheat.com /Dan Whalen thefoodinmybeard.com /Lauren Grier thecuriousplate.com /Liz Della Croce thelemonbowl.com / Brittany Mullins eatingbirdfood.com / Kristin Porter iowagirleats.com

closeup basket filled with red and green pears

Moist Pear Bread with Sour Cream

After being inspired by all the pears, I could not wait to come back home and make a delicious pear recipe.

Some bread recipes have the tendency to dry out a few days after baking. Not so with this recipe!

This pear bread is ultra-moist and buttery–and stays moist even the next day. Feel free to double this recipe and make two. Enjoy one right away then freeze the other for later!

wet and dry ingredients in measuring cups and spoons for pear bread

Can you substitute any other fruits in this recipe?

Bananas or apples would be a terrific substitute for the pears in this recipe.

pear bread in a square baking dish with pear on the side wrapped with plaid napkin

Do you have to use overripe pears?

No, but it does provide a naturally sweeter pear flavor. You can use regular ripe pears if that’s all you have.

Can you freeze pear bread?

Absolutely! Once the bread has baked and is completely cooled, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, then place in an airtight freezer-safe container and freeze for up to three months.

Refrigerate and Store

The bread will keep covered on the counter for up to four days.

Tips and Variations

  • Pecans are delicious in this recipe, but you can replace them with a different nut like walnuts, almonds, or pepitas.
  • Don’t like nuts? Simply omit them from the recipe.
  • For a holiday touch, add dried cranberries or raisins to the batter.
  • When the loaf is completely cool, drizzle with bourbon glaze over the top.
  • Try adding a streusel topping before baked.

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pear bread on a wooden board

Pear Bread

5 (3 ratings)
I used my Mexican Chocolate Banana Bread recipe for inspiration—subbing pears for bananas, omitting the chocolate, and adding brown sugar. This cinnamon spiced bread is super moist thanks to the sour cream, egg, and butter. This pear bread is light and fluffy and delicious when served warm.

Ingredients

Instructions 

  • Peel and chop the pears into medium size chunks.
  • Using a potato masher, mash peeled ripe pears until smooth.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray an 8x8-inch pan with cooking spray, or line it with parchment paper.
  • Melt butter and add to mashed pears.
  • Stir in crema, sugars, salt, beaten egg, and vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl, vigorously whisk together the flour, baking soda, and ground cinnamon.
  • Add the flour mixture to the pear mixture and stir until just incorporated and then fold in pecans.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread out evenly with a spatula. Evenly sprinkle the top of the batter with the sugar in the raw. 
  • Bake, until batter is set and sides are starting to pull away from pan, and a toothpick inserted into center of bread comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Allow the bread to cool for 20 minutes. Serve the bread warm or at room temperature.

Notes

  • Storage: The bread will keep covered on the counter for up to four days.
  • Freeze: Once the bread has baked and is completely cooled, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, then place in an airtight freezer-safe container and freeze for up to three months.
Serving: 12g, Calories: 243kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Sodium: 217mg, Potassium: 110mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 295IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 26mg, Iron: 1mg

Photography by Jenna Sparks and arraecreative.com