Spiced Chocolate-Pear Loaves
This easy, moist quick bread is nice for snacks or a quick dessert served with vanilla ice cream. Flavored with ripe pear, chocolate chips, walnuts, cinnamon, ginger and cloves it has a unique flavor and a dense, rich texture. We made 3 mini loaves to share with friends, but the recipe works for a full-sized loaf as well.
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon dark rum
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves (see notes)
- 1 medium Bosc pear, peeled, cored and finely chopped
- 2/3 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Preheat the oven to 350 °F and generously grease 3 mini (5-3/4 x 3-inch) loaf pans (see notes).
Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth. Add the eggs, rum and vanilla, and beat until light and creamy.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and cloves. Add to the butter mixture and combine until smooth.
Stir in the pear, chocolate chips and walnuts. Divide the batter between the 3 loaf pans (or 1 regular loaf pan - see notes) and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then turn onto a wire rack.
Makes 3 mini loaves or 1 regular loaf
You can use up to 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves if you like the flavor as much as we do, but stick to the 1/4 teaspoon if you'd prefer a more subtle flavor.
To make a single loaf in a 9 x 5 x 3-inch pan, increase the baking time to 45 to 50 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
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