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The Best Ever Pear Bread recipe

Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, educator, and blogger at Healthy at Home. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.


This was a recipe I saw in a magazine one time a few years back. The picture looked amazing! Since then I've made this bread many times and have loved it every time.

My husband loves it when I make bread, especially since we just got a brand-new bread maker for Christmas this year, lol. But that's a whole new strand of recipes!

Along with my Homemade Banana Bread, this is one of our favorites.

This makes a great breakfast to take on the run in the morning, a wonderfully healthy snack in the middle day to grab on the move, or even a nice filling dessert after dinner in the evening.

It goes well with just about anything, freezes and refrigerates well, and even makes a wonderful gift or side when going to a dinner party. Try it out and let me know what you think!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

1 hour

1 hour 15 min

Serves 8 people 1 thick slice of bread


  • 4 large pears
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk or yogurt
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray one bread pan generously with cooking spray.
  2. Combine butter and sugar in a large bowl. Mix well with hand blender until creamed.
  3. Add eggs in one at a time. Mix well.
  4. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
  5. Transfer this dry mixture into the bowl with the butter and sugar mixture. Mix well.
  6. On the side, finely chop 2 of your pears. Please remove the cores before chopping, and feel free to peel them as well if desired.
  7. Core and slice your other 2 pears lengthwise, leaving skin and as big of pieces as possible for the top of your bread. Set the pear slices aside for use at the end.
  8. By hand, gently stir in buttermilk (or yogurt), your chopped pears, and the vanilla.
  9. Pour entire mixture into your prepared bread pan.
  10. Carefully lay your pear slices, preferably in the order you sliced them so they look like two sliced pear forms, across the top of your bread mixture evenly before baking.
  11. Place in the oven and bake for 60 minutes, or until bread and pears are golden brown, and a knife poked down in the middle of your bread comes out clean.
  12. Yummy! Yummy! Enjoy!

As you see in the links below, there are so many varieties to this wonderful bread recipe. Try adding in apples, cherries, and even raspberries for an interesting treat.

Many people even love adding in a special seasoning to give it a different kick. Ginger root, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla, rum extract, and all-spice are favorites.

Consider even adding in dried fruits like raisins or cranberries, or even nuts. This is as flexible as banana bread for variety.

Pears make this bread nice, moist, and flavorful, and the pears on top make it beautiful. I hope you liked this recipe and I hope you enjoy it!

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© 2013 Victoria Van Ness


Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on June 22, 2013:

Oh! I'm so glad you liked it! This is one of my husband and my favorites. :)

Claudia Tello from Mexico on June 22, 2013:

I came back to rate this recipe with 5 stars as I baked my own pear bread yesterday, following your instructions, and it is absolutely delicious. I swop the butter for the same amount of oil and used whole wheat flour, nevertheless, the result was amazing, it’s one of my favorites already. Voted up and useful as well.

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on April 11, 2013:

Thanks! You'll love it. I'm working on getting more bread recipes posted for everyone.

Dil Vil from India on April 11, 2013:

Pear Bread recipe! i ill try this one. Good share, i like it.

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on April 10, 2013:

I would love your recipe for the almond and pear tart. That sounds amazing! I realized that of all of my recipes, I had no bread recipes.

I'm going to try to get some more of those up as soon as I can. I'm glad you enjoyed this one!

Claudia Tello from Mexico on April 10, 2013:

Your pear bread looks very appetizing and I would love to try it when I get a chance. I am a big fan of almond and pear tart but this is more of an everyday bread that could easily be fitted into my everyday life.

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