Spiced Pear Quick Bread


loosely adapted from a recipe on Allrecipes.com


 Yield - one  5 x 9" loaf   Servings - 16   Serving size - 1/16th of loaf   Points Plus per Serving - 4 Points+

Calories - 145.3,   Total Fat - 3.4g,   Carb. - 25.7g,   Protein - 2.6g,   Fiber - 1.2g

2 (15 ounce) cans of sliced pears, in juice, drained and  roughly mashed

2/3 cups granulated sugar ( I replaced half the sugar with MoreFiber™  Stevia Baking Blend )

3 TBS canola oil

2 large eggs, slightly beaten

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk

2 cups all purpose flour ( can use half whole wheat pastry flour, if desired) 

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground cloves

1/4 tsp. ground ginger

3/4 tsp. baking soda

3/4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray 5 x 9" loaf pan with cooking spray ( I like to use Baker's Joy ) 

2. In med bowl, combine the mashed pears, sugar ( or sugar and MoreFiber™  Stevia Baking Blend ), oil, eggs, vanilla extract and buttermilk.  Set aside.  

3.  In large bowl, combine the flour, spices, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Use a whisk to blend well.  Make a well in center of flour mixture.  Pour the pear mixture into the bowl and mix until just combined.  Spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf pan, spreading the top evenly and sprinkle with turbinado sugar, if desired.  

4.  Bake for 60 - 70 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes in pan, then remove to wire rack to cool completely.