Vanilla Pear Bread

Vannilla Pear Bread at Create With Joy

There are few things in life as wholesome or satisfying as a loaf of home baked bread. I especially love breads that can double as desserts due to their natural sweetness. So, I’m delighted to share with you our latest creation – Vanilla Pear Bread – which was adapted from a Williams Sonoma muffin recipe!

This recipe makes two loaves, which allows you to enjoy one now and serve one later (a wonderful time saver) or to share a sweet delight with a friend!

Have fun baking!


6 Tablespoons Sugar
4 Tablespoons Chopped Walnuts, Ground
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon


2 Cups All-Purpose Plain Flour
1/2 Cup Sugar
2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Freshly Grated Nutmeg
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
2 Large Eggs
1/2 Cup Butter at Room Temperature
3/4 Cup Buttermilk
2 Tablespoons Pure Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Walnuts, Coarsely Chopped
4-5 Firm, Ripe Pears, 2 Pounds Total, Peeled, Cored, and Coarsely Chopped

Loaf of Delicious Vanilla Pear Bread at Create With Joy



1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease two loaf pans with butter.

Topping Instructions:

2. In a small bowl, stir the sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon together.

Muffin Instructions:

3. In a bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

4. In an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, mix together on medium speed the eggs, oil, buttermilk, and vanilla until blended. Add the flour mixture, stirring until it is just evenly moistened. With the mixer on low, fold in the pears and walnuts until they are just evenly distributed – no more than a few strokes. Do not over mix – be careful not to break the fruit.

5. Evenly divide the batter between the two loaf pans. Sprinkle each loaf with some of the topping, dividing the topping evenly between the two loaves.

6. Bake the bread for about 60 minutes, rotating each pan around 35 minutes. The bread is done when you can insert a knife in the center of each loaf and it comes out clean.

7. Important: Transfer the pans to a wire rack and LET THE LOAVES COOL COMPLETELY before you gently remove them from the pans. If you remove them before they are COMPLETELY cool, they will fall apart.

8. Slice and serve warm.

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49 Responses to “Vanilla Pear Bread”

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  1. Kel says:

    Thanks so much for joining our Spotlight Saturday Blog Hop! That bread looks amazing!!!!! Have a great weekend!


  2. whocg23 says:

    oh this looks like an awesome recipe! I am a new follower from the saturday blog hop.

  3. Angela Weimer says:

    This looks totally scrumptious. Thank you for sharing it. Have a great day. . Angela

  4. Brenda says:

    Ramona, what a great way to use pears! I never would have thought of using pears in bread or muffins for some reason. I bet the walnut, cinnamon, and sugar topping is the perfect touch too. Thank you so much for sharing with Cookbook Sundays. Have a great weekend!

  5. Stef H (Glitterbabe) says:

    and the directions to your house is…… lol.

    how yummy!

    HAPPY VALENTINE'S sweetie!

    hugs 🙂

  6. Young and Crafty says:

    I like vanilla, pears, and bread so this looks delicious!

    Thanks for sharing in FFA!


  7. Him, Me, Wee 3 says:

    oh my goodness that looks amazing! my boys love to bake (even tho im not so good!) and i think we may have to try this.
    new follower on gfc from the swing by sunday blog hop. already looking forward to reading more!

  8. Susana says:

    Hi…I may just try this yum! Hi new follower from Sunday hop…would love a follow back 🙂


  9. Lululiz says:

    That sounds so good, it has me drooling all over my keyboard. Must get hubby to give this a try, he is much better at baking than I am.

  10. shah wharton says:

    Yummy – I may have to go eat something after that! You have been chosen to be featured over at for attending my weekend creation blog hop! Get me your email address so that i can email you the questions for you to answer. The feature is to be completed and passed back to me by Wednesday, and posted Thursday on my blog. Hope this is ok with you? Shah. X

  11. Tracy says:

    Stopping by from the Relax and Surf Blop Hop!
    Following you on GFC. Looking forward to your visit @
    Take care,

  12. The Treasurista says:

    This looks super yummy! I am following back!

    The Treasurista

  13. Vanessa Morgan says:

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  14. Avalon LOL Cat Cartoons says:

    A big meow and many purrrrs for you today.

    ~Avalon Lion

  15. mi3centsworth says:

    Looks yummy. I said I was going to start baking goodies and your site will definitely help me get started. Thanks for sharing. I'm now followng you.

  16. Gingermommy says:

    Following from the hop

    This looks so yummy. I am definitely going to try to make this

  17. K9friend says:

    Wow! Looks absolutely delicious!


  18. Jen @ BigBinder says:

    Oh. Oh MY. This looks amazing!! Thank you for linking up to Recipe Roundtable!

  19. Mrs. E says:

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  20. Ali Holt says:

    Great blog, I am your newest follower! Hope you will stop by and follow back! Have a great SUNDAY!


  21. Carol@simple_catholic says:

    Yum! I've got to try this, it looks so good!

  22. Sweet and Savory says:

    I have to double thank you for this recipe. First, thanks for linking it to My Meatless Mondays. More important, yesterday, I found a recipe for a cake with pears that I was thinking of making. Now, I have to make a decision. The bread is more practical than the cake. Groan, decisions, decisions. I am printing it up now and then I will decide.

  23. b. lee says:

    yum!! will be a nice change from the pumpkin & banana bread I've been making weekly * *

  24. Lisa@The Nourishing Homemaker says:

    Hi! I came over from Tuesday Twister. This bread looks so yummy! I love that you used pears. They are such a good price right now. I have some ripening on my counter so I'm going to bookmark this recipe and give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Miz Helen says:

    Your Vanilla Pear Bread looks so good. I hope you will bring it over to Full Plate Thursday. Thank you for sharing and have a great day!

  26. Melissa says:

    that looks so yummy! my mom made a pear bread, but it was very simple and nothing like this…and honestly didn't taste very good haha! she just happened to find a recipe and wanted to try it! I'm definitely going to try this 🙂

  27. Miriam says:

    The title alone had me sold :), great recipe! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  28. Jami says:

    This is just my kind of dessert! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I have bookmarked it.


    I am getting my whole menu for Friday by going to Tuesday's Tasty Tidbits. Yum! I wonder what it would taste like with apples?

  30. Lisa says:

    mmmm! This looks fabulous! What great flavors all in one bread! YUM!

  31. Sarah @ Feed My Family says:

    This looks wonderful! I can't wait until I find pears on sale so I can try this. 🙂

  32. Trisha @ 3 Four and Under says:

    Wow, that looks delicious! Thanks for linking up on my blog! Thanks for sharing! I think I might have to go to the store now and buy some pears!

  33. Christy says:

    what gorgeous bread! we have some canned pears from our tree which would work a treat in this recipe. thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club.

  34. Denise says:

    Sounds delish!

    Extreme Personal Measures

  35. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Ramona,
    I am so happy that you brought your delicious Vanilla Pear Bread today. We are going to really enjoy it. Thank you so much for coming to Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  36. Christina says:

    Oh. My. Goodness! I'm speechless and drooling all at the same time. I've already added this to my favorites, and I'm mentally creating tomorrow morning's shopping list to include these ingredients. It sounds amazing…and I've never heard of it, so that's a plus too. 🙂 Thanks for sharing! I found you on the friday bloghop from homegrown families. Glad I did.

  37. Allison @ Alli 'n Son says:

    Yum, this sounds great!

    I'm hosting a weekly link up for sweet-inspired recipes. I hope you stop by and link up.

  38. Brittany @ Real Sustenance says:

    Wow!! Love pears. and love using them in desserts!

    Wanted to invite you to share this recipe at a weekly event I host titled Seasonal Sundays as this recipe fits the theme PERFECTLY!

    Happy Friday!

  39. a moderate life says:

    Oh princess Pea! This pear bread looks so deliciously decadent! I love heartier, sweeter quickbreads like this and pear is the perfect flavoring! Thanks so much for sharing this on the hearth and soul hop! all the best~ Alex

  40. Jen says:

    Yum! That sounds fantastic, I can almost smell it now! Thanks for linking up with Made From Scratch Tuesday!
    Jen @

  41. baglady says:

    Thanks for the recipe- we have a pear tree in our backyard that is a massive producer and I am always looking for good pear recipes.

  42. Miz Helen says:

    Congratulations you are featured on Full Plate Thursday 2-24-11. You can stop by and pick up your Red Plate. Enjoy!

  43. roz says:

    What an awesome way to use pears! I'm always trying to find new recipes for pears! Thanks for sharing this great recipe post last week on Fresh Clean and Pure Friday. It fit perfectly! I hope you stop by again this weekend with another great post! Roz

  44. Jen says:

    I voted…… of luck!

  45. annie! says:

    that looks gooood!

  46. Christy says:

    I absolutely love pears, vanilla and quick breads! This is a winner for sure in my book 🙂

  47. Friday Feature Linky
    Twitter: Myllls

    Thank you for sharing your Pear Bread on our Cookie Baking Exchange, it looks delicious and I bet great with some thick cream. Happy Holidays!! #CookieExchange 

  48. Liz W. says:

    Mmmm…that looks so yummy! I can’t wait to try this. Thanks for linking up at Funtastic Friday 🙂

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