Thursday, April 19, 2012

Streusel Pear Loaf

This is another recipe I tried to use up some extra pears.  I found it at this link:

1 1/2 to 2 c chopped pears
1 tsp lemon juice 
2 c flour
3/4 c sugar
2 tsps baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 c milk
1 1/2 tsps vanilla
1/4 c butter or marg, melted

for the streusel
1 c flour
1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 c butter or marg, cold
2 tsps cinnamon
1/3 c chopped pecans

Grease and flour a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Preheat oven to 350°.
Peel and core pears.  Place in water with a bit of lemon juice to keep from turning brown.

Chop pears - I find the food processor works great.

Mix with lemon juice and set aside.

Combine all streusel ingredients except nuts until crumbly. Then mix in pecans.

Beat eggs in a bowl then stir in milk, vanilla and melted butter.  Add dry ingredients and stir until just moistened.

Place half the batter into the loaf pan.

Add half of the chopped pears.

Sprinkle on half of the streusel mixture.

Spread on the remaining batter.

Now add half of the remaining streusel.

Cover with the remaining pears.

Finish up with the rest of the streusel mix.

Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes or until toothpick comes clean.

Cool in pan for 10 minutes then let cool completely streusel side up.

I found the loaf to be moist and tasty.  I made extra and froze several loaves but I wouldn't freeze it again though because the streusel gets soggy from the moisture of the pears. 

I do like the streusel on top and again in the centre of the loaf.  Enjoy.  ;)]

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