Sunday, August 13, 2006

Poire & pomme bread

This quick bread is made with fresh pear (poire) and apple (pomme) for a subtle, sweet taste.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup applesauce or apple juice
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups shredded pear
1 cup shredded apple
1 cup chopped pecans (opt)
1 cup raisins (opt)

In a large mixing bowl combine flour, oatmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Make a well in the center of the bowl.

In a separate bowl combine the oil, eggs, grated pears and apples, pecans, and vanilla. Blend well. Add to well of dry ingredients. Stir until just moistened. Spoon batter into two greased and floured 8x5x3 inch loaf pans.

Bake in a preheated 325 degree F (165 degrees C) oven for one hour or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack before removing from the loaf pans.

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