Isn't that red pear just gorgeous! (Thanks, Marsha and Gene!)
So what's a girl to do when she has been gifted with an abundance of pears. The easy thing would have been to make a pear crumble or galette, but instead I started looking for new recipes to use them in, of course! I came across this Gluten Free Pear Bread from Carol on Simply Gluten-free that looked just beautiful, and I had just about all of the ingredients on hand. So I gave it a whirl - with some changes just based on personal preferences.
The original recipe included walnuts, and since I'm not a big fan of nuts in baked stuff, I just replaced them with unsweetened dried cherries. I also cut way back on the sugar since I was guessing this bread wouldn't need that much. And of course, I added some Almond flour.
What can I say? It came out delicious. I'm sure it would be great subbing in Apples instead of Pears. Or both! And maybe adding some fresh cranberries.
Update! And then, because I couldn't leave well enough alone. I made it with chocolate (wish I had more dried cherries because that would have been a great combination!). And because everything tastes better with chocolate...
So take your choice.
Or try something new!
Gluten Free Pear & Dried Cherry Quick Bread (adapted from Simply Gluten-Free)
- 1 cup Brown Rice Flour
- 1/2 cup Almond Flour
- 1/2 cup Tapioca Starch/Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 scant tsp Xanthan Gum
- 1 tsp Salt
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- 2 large Eggs
- 2/3 cup Sugar
- 1/4 cup Erythritol
- 1/2 cup Canola or Vegetable Oil
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 large Pears, peeled and diced
- 1 cup unsweetened Dried Cherries, or whatever you choose to add
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and spray a 9 X 5 loaf pan with cooking spray (I like coconut)
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the first seven dry ingredients.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, erythritol, oil, and vanilla.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and mix until just blended.
- Fold in the pears and cherries.
- Pour the batter into the loaf pan, and bake for 60 - 70 minutes. A toothpick should come out dry.