Pear Almond Bread

I’ve started making quick breads about once a week. These are very simple things that can be thrown together quickly (hence the name), tossed in the oven with little care, and then devoured for the week. Pears are in season now, so they are bursting with flavor and are so malleable in their use. Almond is an obvious choice, and perfect since I found a bottle of Amaretto hidden in the liquor cabinet. Who hides Amaretto from me? I love the sweetness of it, and it reminds me of my less-than-professional coffee shop days when, before the shop opened, my great friend Andrea and I would make some flaky mixed berry scones and lattes with Amaretto. A perfect way to start the day.Watch this site for the scone recipe, because it will surely happen in the near future. Until then, enjoy this quickbread.

Pear Almond Bread

1 ½ cups flour

½ cup packed brown sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon, plus 1 tsp

½ tsp ginger

1/8 tsp salt

1 egg

2/3 cup oil

½ cup milk

½ tsp almond extract

1 tsp amaretto liqueur, plus 1 tbsp

1 very ripe pear,sliced

5 tbsp sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 400 F. Mix the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, ginger, and salt in a bowl. In a mixer, mix the egg, oil, milk, extract, and 1 tsp liqueur until well combined, then slowly add the dry mixture until thoroughly combined. Add the pear and almonds, and then pour into a loaf pan. Drizzle the tablespoon of amaretto on top, and sprinkle with cinnamon.  Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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This entry was published on November 15, 2012 at 4:38 pm. It’s filed under 30 Baked Goods and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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