In my mind there is nothing more comforting than having a yummy gluten-free “something” baking in the oven. Unless that yummy gluten-free “something” is in the form of bread, then it goes from comforting to bliss. I am not much of a traditional bread maker but I am one heck of a quick bread maker.
I love quick breads; there is no kneading and rising, they take just a few moments to whip up and the house smells like heaven while they are baking. Plus you just gotta love anything that uses the words “quick” and “bread” together! My favorites up until now have been banana and zucchini. But they just demoted because my new favorite is Pear Bread.
OMG! Talk about delicious – delicate pear flavor, just sweet enough, moist with a golden brown crust and that gorgeous split down the middle. Why didn’t I think of using pears in a quick bread before? They add such an elegant sweetness and delightful moistness – this bread certainly deserves to be at the top of my list for favorite gluten free quick breads!
Not only is this bread gluten and dairy free, I even snuck in some whole grains by making it with brown rice flour. For those of you who think xanthan or guar gum is an essential for gluten-free baking, let me just say au contraire. No gum in this bread at all; just a mixture of brown rice flour with tapioca starch. You can even change up the starch to suit your own tastes and what is in your pantry, corn and potato starch work just as well.
I am already considering this recipe as a jumping off point for further creations, a touch of cardamom perhaps? A simple glaze made of buttermilk and powdered sugar? Maybe even a sugar free version is in my future.
Whip up this bread, enjoy the homey comforting scents wafting through the air while it bakes, then grab a cup of coffee or tea, and prepare to be happy – very, very, happy!
Gluten Free Pear Bread Recipe
1½ cups superfine brown rice flour, plus more for dusting the pan
½ cup tapioca (or corn or potato) starch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 large eggs
1 1/3 cup sugar
½ cup grapeseed (or other neutral flavored) oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 ripe pears, peeled cored and grated
1 cup walnuts, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 inch by 5 inch loaf pan with gluten-free non-stick cooking spray, add some brown rice flour and shift it back and forth in order to spread the flour evenly around the pan, tap out the excess flour.
In a large mixing bowl whisk together the 1½ cups brown rice flour, tapioca starch, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In another mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir to combine. Add the pears and walnuts and pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 60 – 70 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Makes 1 loaf.
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