We had a few pears sitting in our kitchen last week waiting to be tested for a recipe which we never got around to because of a few last minute orders. Not wanting to waste perfectly good fruit, I decided to make a quick bread with it. Something hearty and delicious, perfect for a late evening snack to share with my coworkers. Few years ago, when I was still a college student, I was interning at a German television production house where everyone gathered in the break room at about 4 pm every day for a cup of coffee and something to nibble on while we just hung out and generally had a good time. It always lasted for only about twenty minutes but it was a great way to stretch our legs and bond with our bosses, coworkers and other interns and helped to reinforce team spirit. It’s something that I insist on at Sustenance where we all can take a quick break to refuel and connect with our team.
Instead of looking around for inspiration, I riffed on my go to banana bread recipe and swapped the bananas with pears, added ground ginger and nutmeg as well as a handful of toasted hazelnuts since I love the flavor combination. The batter came together fairly quickly and I had this baby in the oven in under fifteen minutes, faster than it usually takes me to brew a cup of coffee sometimes. We ate thick slices of it still warm from the oven and everyone seemed to really dig the flavor and the fact that it wasn’t too sweet. The wonderful thing about this bread is that it gets better when it’s a few days old. Moist, fragrant and delicious!
I might add a shot of espresso or a handful of cacao nibs to the batter next time or even swirl in some caramel to elevate warmly sweet and spiced loaf further. It’s simple to put together and perfect for snacking or breakfast and even makes for a lovely present for a friend, family or coworker.
Pear hazelnut bread