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Pear Banana Bread

I have a pear tree that had a bumper crop this year and I wanted to find more ways to use some of the ripe pears. This is a tried and true quick banana bread recipe with the new addition of pears. Today is a special day at our house as my dear husband turns 60! Time to celebrate this milestone with his favorite Creamy Cheesecake on page 230-231 in the Milestone section of our new cookbook ~ Celebrations!

  • 2-1/2 cups flour, sifted
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup soft butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small ripe banana, cut up
  • 2 small ripe pears, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. In medium sized bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
2. Chop walnuts in a blender and add to the dry ingredients.
3. In same blender container add the sugar, butter, egg, banana, chopped ripe pears, and milk.
4. Blend for 12 - 15 seconds, stopping motor to push down banana if necessary. 
5. Pour the blended ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until all ingredients are well moistened.
6. Pour batter into greased 9 x 5 x 3 loaf pan and bake on center rack of preheated oven for 55-60 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.


  1. One word...lovely :)

    Blessings to All,
    Anna (Toronto)

  2. You're so lucky. The squirrels took all my pears. I do love me some pear bread though!!!

  3. That looks beautiful Ellen!! Happy Birthday to your dear.....reason to celebrate indeed!

  4. 60!! a very good milestone...and a lucky guy!

  5. From Jeanie: Just wondering if you thought this would bake up okay in muffin tins. I have pears and need to make banana muffins today. Thanks!

    1. Jeanie, they should do fin in muffin tins. Just check on them so they don't over bake. :)