Pear Bread with Almond Streusel Topping

This easy quick bread is a fall favorite! Make a loaf for breakfast or dessert!

Ingredients

For the Almond Streusel Topping:

  •  1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  •  1/4 cup brown sugar
  •  1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •  2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces
  •  1/2 cup  chopped almonds

For the Bread:

  •  2 cups  all-purpose flour
  •  1 teaspoon baking soda
  •  1/2 teaspoon salt
  •  1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •  1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  •  1/2 cup granulated sugar
  •  1 large egg, at room temperature
  •  1 cup  buttermilk, at room temperature
  •  1/3 cup  canola oil or vegetable oil
  •  1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  •  1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  •  1 1/4 cups chopped pears, skin removed and tossed in 1 tablespoon of flour

For the Almond Glaze:

  •  1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  •  1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  •  2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F degrees. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. First, make the streusel topping. In a small bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cold butter pieces. Rub the mixture together with your fingers until combined and crumbly. Stir in the chopped almonds. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and egg. Whisk until smooth and there are no brown sugar clumps. Whisk in the buttermilk, oil, vanilla extract, and almond extract.
  5. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently whisk until there are no more lumps. Don’t overmix. Fold in the chopped pears.
  6. Pour batter in prepared pan. Sprinkle the almond streusel topping evenly over the bread.
  7. Bake for 60 minutes, loosely covering the bread with aluminum foil after 30 minutes to prevent the top from getting too dark.  A toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf will come out clean when the bread is done. Remove from the oven and allow the bread to cool for 15 minutes on a wire cooling rack. Use a knife to loosen the bread around the edges in the pan. Carefully remove the bread from the pan and cool completely.

 

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