Cinnamon Pear Loaf

by Kiran on January 11, 2012 · 96 comments

in Baking, bread, Desserts

Hi friends <3

It’s been an ill start of 2012 for me. Was hit with cough, cold, fever, flu, sinus… you name it. Everything under the sun.

There were loads of tissues, medicines, soups and pain killers.

Lord mercy.

Meanwhile, the refrigerator had a fair share of produce — on the verge of rotting. Though the cold left me drained for days, I knew baking would instantenously cheer me up — and my innards from inhaling those fumes.

If you have a cold, start a fire… or in my case, bake up a storm.

So I did what anyone would have done with a couple of fairly bruised pears — baked a loaf. It’s better than being aloof.

Admittedly, with cracks and slightly chewy edges, I love the rustic-ness of this loaf. After all, isn’t winter poking fun at us this time of the year? Looks aren’t as important as the taste. Especially for someone as ill as me. With soups making endless appearance, I am thankful for a few bites of this deliciously moist loaf.

I went a little overboard with this recipe — had to drizzle on some love! Whisk away a simple glaze made with powdered sugar + lemon juice and drizzle as much as possible. It would make your heart sing a lullaby.

Well, mine did. Don’t judge the “under-the-weather” baker. Miracles can happen, ya know.

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(Dry) ingredients :

  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 medium ripe pears (i used Anjou), grated

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a loaf or cake pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl – combine flour, baking soda + powder, salt and cinnamon. Remove about 1/3 cup of flour to coat walnuts separately in a small bowl.
  3. Peel, core and grate pears. Add lemon juice to avoid browning.
  4. Using a stand/hand mixer – cream butter, eggs and sugar. Add vanilla extract and mix to combine.
  5. Using a spatula, gently fold in grated pear + walnuts.
  6. Scrape wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Stir just until batter is evenly moistened. Do not over-mix.
  7. Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until loaf is browned and wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool loaf for a few minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Serve it with plain, sprinkle on some powdered sugar, drizzle with a glaze/chocolate sauce or top it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream — use your imagination ;)

 

Off to recuperate with what is left of me. Enjoy the week — hopefully with real food and just not soups. Or desserts. Well, if you must indulge – have it for me too :D

What is rotting or on the verge of rots in your refrigerator? Don’t tell me NOTHING :D

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1 Baker Street January 12, 2012 at 12:17 AM

Holy yum! Cinnamon and pear is a divine combination! Your loaf looks delicious. Gorgeous clicks as always! :)
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2 Kiran January 17, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Baker Street,
Thanks sweetie — I’ve been loving pears so much recently and hate to see it goes to waste before the season is over!

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3 Charles January 12, 2012 at 3:21 AM

I love it when loaves have cracks and chewy edges – they always taste extra nice and home-made that way. Pears a new one for me – I had banana and apple before,… must try pear sometime!
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4 Kiran January 17, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Charles,
Thanks a lot buddy — i made a pear upside down cake recently too. Pears are so versatile and great tasting. Try a recipe with pears, soon :)

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5 Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb January 12, 2012 at 6:04 AM

Hi Kiran! I hope u r feeling better now! Cinnamon pear loaf sounds very intriguing. I am marveling at your photos with open mouth!

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6 Kiran January 17, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Hi Helene,
I am feeling better now, thanks sweetie :) Have fun at Goa. I hope to visit there some day!

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7 Devendra January 12, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Nice clicks Kiran :) Loved them all..!

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8 Kiran January 17, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Devendra,
Thanks a lot buddy :) Hope you and the family is having a very blessed, happy and prosperous 2012!!

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9 Kath January 12, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Pears photograph so well!!
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10 Kiran January 17, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Kath,
Thanks a lot sweetie — I agree :)

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11 Magic of Spice January 12, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Oh sweetie, I am so sorry that you are sick…not a happy way to start the new year :( Wishing you loads of quick healing!
This loaf is delightful and would cheer me up as well, love the flavor :)
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12 Kiran January 17, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Magic of Spice,
Thanks honey — I am feeling so much better now :D

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13 balvinder January 12, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Oh yeah, the drizzle does make the difference on the cake.
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14 Kiran January 17, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Balvinder,
Thanks dear — no doubt, drizzles makes everything tastes and look good!

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15 Deeps @ Naughty Curry January 12, 2012 at 12:24 PM

first of all, beautiful pics considering u r not keeping well :) looks awesome & im guessing just the smell of that baking in the oven must have been enough to lift up the spirits

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16 Kiran January 17, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Deeps,
Thanks a lot for the compliments dear — you definitely made my day :)

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17 Caroline January 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Ohhhh cinnamon and pear?! What a perfect combo. This bread looks divine, Kiran. I must make it soon. And you haaad to put the glaze on top, didn’t you? ;)
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18 Kiran January 17, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Caroline,
Thanks sweetie — do try this recipe and let me know how it tastes. Yup, glaze always seals a deal ;)

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19 Parita @ myinnershakti January 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Your photography is beautiful! Pears have never looked so good!

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20 Kiran January 17, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Parita,
Thanks sweetie — those pears were so badly bruised ;)

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21 carolinaheartstrings January 12, 2012 at 3:42 PM

That looks so delicious. Great pictures as always. Hope you are on the mend and feel better very soon!
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22 Kiran January 18, 2012 at 7:08 PM

CHS,
Thanks a lot dear — I am feeling much better now :D

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23 Rebecca January 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

lovely with a cuppa and you even wrapped it :-)
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24 Kiran January 18, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Rebecca,
Thanks sweetie :)

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25 Simply Life January 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM

I never thought to make bread with pairs but I love this idea!!!
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26 Kiran January 18, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Gina,
You have to try it some time — it keeps the bread moist & delicious :D

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27 shutterbug January 12, 2012 at 10:59 PM

there are probably some rotten veggies in the back of my fridge…

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28 Kiran January 19, 2012 at 3:15 AM

Shutterbug,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting :) There’s always a rotten veggie or fruit at the back of my fridge. I would need to remedy that soon :)

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29 sophia January 12, 2012 at 11:50 PM

I hope you’re all right now, Kiran! I know all sickness will disperse if I had a few slices of these delicious cinnamon pear loaf. :-)
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30 Kiran January 19, 2012 at 3:23 AM

Sophia,
I am doing well now, thanks sweetie :)

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31 Khushboo January 13, 2012 at 1:22 AM

I am craving a pear so badly right now…even better in the loaf form! Pears are SO in season now and I am lapping them up while I can! I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather too this past week and can’t think of anything better than a cuppa tea with a slice of this cake :)! As usual, love your photos!
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32 Kiran January 19, 2012 at 3:24 AM

Khushboo,
Thanks a lot sweetie — I hope you are feeling well now :)

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33 chinmayie @ love food eat January 13, 2012 at 1:38 AM

I hope you are felling better now. This loaf looks delicious :)
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34 Kiran January 19, 2012 at 3:25 AM

Chinmayie,
Thanks a lot dear — I am feeling much better now :)

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35 Miss Kimbers @ Fruit Salad and Mixed Veg January 13, 2012 at 3:51 AM

This looks so good! I’ve had apple cake, banana cake…but not yet pear cake. I imagine it is very good:)
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36 Kiran January 19, 2012 at 3:26 AM

Miss Kimbers,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments :) Pear cakes are just as delicious. Do try this recipe and let me know how it tastes!

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37 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella January 13, 2012 at 5:14 AM

Ah I almost forgot you are in Winter (we are in Summer). Pears are my favourite fruit in Winter :)
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38 Kiran January 19, 2012 at 3:30 AM

Lorraine,
Enjoy your summer!! I am envious, ya know ;)

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39 Nava Krishnan January 13, 2012 at 5:22 AM

At times I too get the cracks when baking but hei no big deal! Its about the taste and everyone enjoying the taste. What a wonderful outcome with the pears and yes, what waste when you can use them to make such lovely loaf.
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40 Kiran January 19, 2012 at 3:31 AM

Nava,
Thanks dear — it’s all about the taste and I truly appreciate your thought-process :)

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41 kankana January 13, 2012 at 8:30 PM

I am seeing a lot of cinnamon bread these days and I am so waiting to bake a cinnamon bread myself :)
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42 Kiran January 19, 2012 at 3:38 AM

Kankana,
Hahaha.. Don’t forget the pears ;)

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43 Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake January 13, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Lovely photos yet again :) I’ve never been good at making bread but this doesn’t look too difficult…maybe I’ll give it a go!
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44 Kiran January 19, 2012 at 3:53 AM

Jenny,
Thanks sweetie — breads or loaves are often conceived as tedious in the making. Do try this easy-peasy loaf recipe and let me know how it tastes :)

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45 Kalyan January 14, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Just mouthwatering…looks so fresh, easy to prepare & delicious…lovely photos too!

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46 Kiran January 19, 2012 at 4:03 AM

Kalyan,
Thanks a lot! :)

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47 Sophie January 14, 2012 at 5:00 AM

What an appetizing pear & cinnamon bread! It looks so good & tempting too! ;)
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48 Kiran January 19, 2012 at 4:07 AM

Sophie,
Thanks sweetie — your comments always put a smile on my face :)

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49 Asmita January 14, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Wow, this cake looks wonderful!!!

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50 Kiran January 19, 2012 at 4:27 AM

Asmita,
Thanks sweetie :)

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51 Hotly Spiced January 14, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Sorry to hear you haven’t been well. That’s not a great start to the year. This recipe looks delicious and I just love how you’ve presented the loaf all wrapped up in a bow! Very sweet. Your images and styling are fabulous Kiran.
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52 Kiran January 19, 2012 at 4:29 AM

Charlie,
Thank you so much for the compliments, dear — I am feeling much better now, although the cough doesn’t want to leave just yet. Like an annoying visitor :D

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53 cityhippyfarmgirl January 14, 2012 at 9:53 PM

I agree. Baking a loaf is so much more interesting than being aloof.
Beautiful pictures!
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54 Kiran January 19, 2012 at 4:38 AM

CHFG,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting :)

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55 C&T January 15, 2012 at 8:38 AM

I baked something similar and it turned out great. Love the recipe and photos too :).

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56 Kiran January 19, 2012 at 4:40 AM

C&T,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the lovely comments :) Off to check out your similar recipe!

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57 sonia January 15, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Hey Kiran, The pear loaf is looking so wonderful ! I’m craving to have it rt off the screen, believe me its so inviting…I also liked ur previous apple salad and the new concoction you added to it. Have a wonderful week ahead. Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!
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58 Kiran January 19, 2012 at 4:50 AM

Sonia,
Thank you so much for such wonderful comments — it definitely made my day :)

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59 Supriya@finediningindian January 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM

fanstastic blog on cuisine can see the passion behind , great bread recipe with pear
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60 Kiran January 19, 2012 at 4:53 AM

Supriya,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting :)

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61 Jennifer (Delicieux) January 15, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Sorry to hear you’ve been unwell. :( Your loaf looks wonderful though, and I can imagine it would be so comforting with a cup of tea.
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62 Kiran January 19, 2012 at 5:02 AM

Jennifer,
Thanks sweetie — I am feeling much better now :)

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63 Carolyn Jung January 15, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Oh no! Poor you. I was felled by a miserable cold right after Thanksgiving, too. Well, if luscious pear cake can’t cure what ails you, nothing will! Looks divine. ;)
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64 Kiran January 19, 2012 at 5:06 AM

Carolyn,
Thanks sweetie — I am feeling much better now, and hope you are too :)

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65 Marly January 15, 2012 at 10:47 PM

I hope you’re feeling better soon. And how could you not with that cinnamon pear loaf nearby. I’m with you – drizzling on the love!

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66 Kiran January 19, 2012 at 5:15 AM

Marly,
Thanks for visiting Recipebox with your lovely comments :)

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67 Kristi Rimkus January 15, 2012 at 10:57 PM

I’m sorry you’ve had a rough start to the year! Not fun at all. I love that you don’t like to waste food any more than I do. What a great way to use up pears. They bruise so easily and I hate throwing them out. I hope things improve for you!!
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68 Kiran January 19, 2012 at 5:23 AM

Kristi,
I am feeling much better now, thanks sweetie :)

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69 Reem | Simply Reem January 15, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Yummm….
Kiran, send me a slice of this beauty….
Very well done loaf and the clicks are awesome as always…

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70 Kiran January 19, 2012 at 5:28 AM

Reem,
Thanks sweetie — I wish I was well enough to teleport a slice or two. Couldn’t risk you getting a cold from me being ill :)

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71 Ann January 16, 2012 at 12:40 AM

This looks really delicious! I actually have parsley going bad in the fridge…I buy a bunch and need a wee bit. I need to plant some – that way I don’t have to throw it away! I hope you feel better soon!
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72 Kiran January 19, 2012 at 5:30 AM

Ann,
Thanks a lot sweetie — I usually wash, dry, chop and freeze fresh herbs in winter. That way it lasts longer without waste :) Pears on the other hand, don’t freeze well.

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73 easyfoodsmith January 16, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Hoping you must be better by now. The cake is looking every inch comforting and I am sure its aromas must have driven away at least half your blues!
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74 Kiran January 19, 2012 at 5:32 AM

EasyFoodSmith,
I am feeling much better now, thanks sweetie — and this loaf definitely help cleared some sinus :D

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75 Emily Malloy @Cleanliness January 16, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Absolutely delightful!
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76 Kiran January 19, 2012 at 5:32 AM

Emily,
Thanks sweetie :)

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77 Susie Bee on Maui January 17, 2012 at 12:25 AM

Oh, sorry you were sick! What beautiful pictures. My mouth was watering!
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78 Kiran January 20, 2012 at 1:53 AM

Susie,
Welcome to Recipebox and thank for commenting :) I am feeling much better now!

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79 katie January 18, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Oh my… this looks divine! I can’t wait to give this a try!
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80 Kiran January 20, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Katie,
Thanks sweetie — do let me know how it tastes :) Hope to meet at Food Blog Forum!

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81 Shannon | Just As Delish January 18, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Hi Kiran, hope you recover soon. When I fall sick, it’s my body telling me I’ve been working too hard and didn’t pay enough care and attention. so time for rest & recuperate.
What a gorgeous loaf with the pears, love the shots. I always tend to overbuy fresh produce when I go to the market, and forgot that I don’t have that much time to cook that week. so veggies wilt and fruits start to rot.. a trick I’ve learn from my mama: wrap veggies in paperbags or foil bags keep their life span longer.

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82 Kiran January 20, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Hi Shannon,
I am feeling much better now, thank you — and welcome to Recipebox :)

I never knew about the veggies wrap in paperbags trick. Gotta try it soon!

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83 Shannon | Just As Delish January 18, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Hi Kiran, hope you recover soon. When I fall sick, it’s my body telling me I’ve been working too hard and didn’t pay enough care and attention. so time for rest & recuperate.
What a gorgeous loaf with the pears, love the shots. I always tend to overbuy fresh produce when I go to the market, and forgot that I don’t have that much time to cook that week. so veggies wilt and fruits start to rot.. a trick I’ve learn from my mama: wrap veggies in paperbags or foil bags keep their life span longer.

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84 Katie {Epicurean Mom Blog} January 18, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Oh dear!! This sounds amazing! And your pictures are perfection!!!

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85 Kiran January 20, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Katie,
Thanks a lot sweetie :)

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86 Nami | Just One Cookbook January 19, 2012 at 4:29 AM

Now it’s my turn Kiran, I got sick. :-( But it doesn’t seem like I can whip up this beautiful pear loaf like you did. =) Come to think of it, I’ve never tried pear loaf before. I should save this recipe in case I get some pears.
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87 Kiran January 20, 2012 at 2:07 AM

Nami,
So sorry about being unwell :( Not fun at all. I hope you feel better soon, dear.

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88 betsyb January 19, 2012 at 10:53 AM

This looks really delicious and I’ve bookmarked it to try. I love recipes with pears and don’t make them as often as I’d like or should! Love your site and your images, and am so glad to know about you! ~Betsy

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89 Kiran January 20, 2012 at 2:12 AM

Betsy,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the lovely comments :) Do try this recipe and let me know how it tastes…

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90 Lucy January 20, 2012 at 7:12 AM

You had me at Cinnamon!!! Gets me everytime.

Your picture are making me hungry.

Glad you’re feeling better now.xx
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91 Kiran February 4, 2012 at 1:23 AM

Lucy,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments :)

I also love anything and everything, cinnamon!!

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92 Heidi @ Bits of Sunshine January 25, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Wow, this looks yummy! I am waiting out my last hour of work and this is really making me hungary! Looks fantastic! xxx

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93 Kiran February 4, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Heidi,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments :)

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94 Aggie January 26, 2012 at 9:57 PM

I love the flavor of pears in baked goods. Your photos are beautiful! Hope you’ve had a good month!

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95 Kiran February 4, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Aggie,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting :)

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96 sooz April 14, 2012 at 12:17 PM

wow, was looking for this! thought i’d just imagined that a loaf like this existed as i really fancied making it. Thank you so much – as i think i’d’ve messed up a couple of times trying it without a recipe. YUUUUUUMMM

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