Spiced Pear Bread

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Lightly spiced with cardamom and topped with a delightful cinnamon sugar crumble, this spiced pear bread is an easy quick bread. Dense, light, and moist, it makes a great treat for fall and beyond!

Overhead view of a slice of pear bread

An easy sweet quick bread for fall

If you’ve never had pear bread before, let me tell you – once you make this, you’ll want it again and again. This spiced pear bread is like fall in a warm loaf but you’ll find yourself making it year-round!

This quick bread comes together easily, with just a mixing bowl and spatula. The bread, which honestly reminds me more of a cake than a quick bread, is dense but light and moist. It’s lightly spiced with cardamom which perfectly complements the cinnamon sugar topping.

This spiced pear bread is a recipe I’ve been playing around with for a while and this final version is just perfect. Adding just a few spices really allows the attention to stay on the pears, which definitely deserve to be the start of the show!

Add the cinnamon-sugar topping and you have the perfect treat to enjoy with your tea or coffee, any time of day! Or try it with a cinnamon sugar topping like with my favorite apple bread.

Front view of a spiced pear bread loaf

What you’ll need

You’ll need a handful of baking staples, plus the pears, for the bread and just 4 ingredients for the topping!


  • Butter – Softened butter is needed for the bread batter and cold butter in needed for the topping.
  • Light brown sugar – I prefer both the flavor and texture of brown sugar to granulated sugar in this sweet bread.
  • Eggs – Make sure to use room temperature eggs.
  • Sour cream – Helps keep this bread extra moist. In a pinch you can also use plain Greek yogurt.
  • Vanilla extract & salt – Enhance the flavors.
  • All-purpose flour – I don’t recommend using anything other than all-purpose flour.
  • Baking powder & baking soda – Both leavening agents work together to create the perfect amount of rise in the bread.
  • Ground cardamom – The mild cardamom flavor is a nice balance to the cinnamon topping.
  • Pears – You’ll want fresh, ripe pears that are diced and peeled for this recipe.
  • Ground cinnamon – Adds the warm spiced flavor to the pear bread.

How to make spiced pear bread

Like most quick bread, this recipe is quick and easy to make! Just a few minutes of prep and an hour in the oven!

  1. Make the bread batter. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the sour cream and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl then add to the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined and gently fold in the diced pears. Transfer to the prepared loaf pan.
  1. Make the topping. Combine the sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter with a fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over the batter.
  2. Bake. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
A loaf of spiced pear bread with half of it sliced

Tips for success

Here are just a few suggestions to keep in mind when making your pear bread.

  • Use room temperature ingredients. Set your sour cream and eggs on the counter for half an hour or so to allow them to come to room temperature before using.
  • What are the best pears to use? Bartlett, Bosc and Anjou pears are the best pears for baking. Barlett pears can be mushy so choose firm, nearly ripe pears if using Barlett.
  • Add some crunch. If you want to vary the texture, you can easily add in some toasted pecans or walnuts to the batter before baking.

Serving suggestions

Enjoy your spice pear bread warm or at room temperature. I love enjoying my first slice of it fresh from the oven, just after it’s had a bit of time to cool. Since it’s sweet and cake-like, you can enjoy it as-is with the crumb topping the only garnish or add a bit of butter.

Spiced pear bread pairs well with coffee or tea, whether you sneak it in at breakfast or enjoy later in the afternoon!

How to store

  • At room temperature. This pear sweet bread can covered and stored at room temperature for up to a day.
  • In the fridge. You can also refrigerate pear bread for up to 5 days.
  • Can I freeze pear bread? Yes, you can also freeze this quick bread for up to 3 months. Tightly wrap in plastic before freezing. Thaw in the fridge and bring to room temperature before serving.

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Front view of a spiced pear bread loaf

Spiced Pear Bread

Yield: 1 loaf / 10 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Lightly spiced with cardamom and topped with a delightful cinnamon sugar crumble, this Spiced Pear Bread is an easy quick bread. Dense, light, and moist, it makes a great treat for fall and beyond!


For the bread

  • ½ cup (113 g) butter, softened
  • 1 cup (210 g) light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup (113 g) sour cream, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (260 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups (220 g) diced peeled ripe pears, about 2 large pears

For the topping

  • ¼ cup (52 g) light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (32 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter, cubed


Make the bread

    1. Adjust the oven rack to the lower third (just below center) and heat to 350°F. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan and set it aside.
    2. Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or handheld electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
    3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in sour cream and vanilla. The mixture may look curdled at this point. This is okay, it will come together once the flour is added.
    4. Combine the flour, baking powder, cardamom, salt, and baking soda; add to creamed mixture and mix until just combined. Fold in the pears.
    5. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan. Use a silicone spatula to smooth the batter over.

Make the topping

  1. Combine the sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Use a fork to cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over batter.
  2. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan to a wire rack.


  • Sour cream: I highly recommend using sour cream but in a pinch plain Greek yogurt will do.
  • Pears: Barely ripe Bartlett, Bosc, and Anjou pears work best for baking.

Make ahead tip

  • Cover and store bread at room temperature for 1 day or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Or you can freeze the bread for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and bring to room temperature before serving.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 384Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 336mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 3gSugar: 30gProtein: 5g

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  1. How long would you bake this if you were to make mini loaves instead of one regular? Thanks!

    1. I’ve actually never baked anything in mini loaves so I can’t say for sure how long it would take. I’d just keep a close eye on them and check for doneness every 10 minutes.

    1. Oh, it was sooo good. You must try it!

  2. Hope the move went well and you guys are setting in 🙂 Oh my goodness, this is one gorgeous loaf! Love the pear and raisins in here and that glaze is totally mesmerizing!

  3. Jen, what a stunning loaf of bread! You really were baking up a storm before your move! I hope your new kitchen is ready for you:) I love the idea of using grated pear in this quick bread and agree that oil is the key to moisture. Can’t wait to see what you bake up once you’re settled!

    1. I finally have the kitchen unpacked and ready to go. I’m looking forward to trying out my new oven. Thanks for sticking with me through my short absence! 🙂

  4. I love the idea of pear bread, Jen! I’ve never had it before, so I’m loving your creativity. Looks so moist and full of flavor, especially with that glaze!

    1. Thanks, Gayle! It turned out so delicious.

  5. This time of the year I get into a quick bread baking mood, so I’m always looking for new recipes. I’ve never seen one with pear and raisins, but I’m very excited to try this! Looks delicious!

    1. You will love it, MJ. It was almost better than my pumpkin bread.

  6. MORE PEAR IN BAKED GOODS. I get tired of apple everything (I love em, don’t get me wrong) so this is a refreshing change. Looks like a great breakfast bread!

  7. That glaze is so pretty, I love it! I’ve never tried pear in a quick bread before, but definitely need too. This looks so good!