There Is No Pair – Pear Bread

pear 1 As fruits go, pears tend to be overlooked.  They don’t seem to be as popular as the apple, orange or banana.  Yet, you will find them in many a fruit juice secretly lurking by adding their sweetness.  Apples are the American fruit, but the pear is equally delicious.  Their addition to this bread recipe adds tang without being over the top.  Like the humble pear, this pear bread is just right.  There is not too much sweet and a balance of flavor.  

Part of what Alison likes to do is recreate old recipes.  The best recipes are turn of the century from the early 1900s -1950s.  Old recipes may require a few substitutions, or they may just be inspiration as some of the ingredients may be less common.  We’ve tried a lot of these old recipes and it is time to start sharing them again.  Some of these recipes are delectable like concord grape pie, but come with the downside of a lot of prep work.  Have you ever peeled a few pounds of concord grapes?  This is not an easy task, which is part of the reason why this pear bread is a win.   pear 2

An easy to execute recipe that is tasty.  This is just a slight twist on your average bread.  The first trial came out slightly stiff, but did not last long enough to photograph.  So we know the flavor is perfect, just that the texture needed a bit of reworking.  The best part is there were no truly odd ingredients that needed investigation.  

Pear Bread
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A reworking of pear bread. The flavor will remind your of apple strudel but with the ease of cooking with pears.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  2. 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  9. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  10. 1/3 cup buttermilk
  11. 1 cup diced pears skin on (I used red pears)
  12. 3/4 cup raisins
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, mix until smooth. Then it's time to add salt, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon and mix well. Add flour and mix until incorporated, mixture will be thick like cookie dough. Add buttermilk and mix until smooth. Stir in diced pears and raisins.
  2. Scrape into greased 8 x 4 1/2 - inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees 50- 60 minutes, making sure to toothpick test to make sure bread is baked through. Remove from oven and let rest in pan 10 minutes before removing. Cool on wire rack.
Notes
  1. This recipe works with firm to just ripe pears, anything softer won't chop well.
  2. If your raisins are looking a little extra dry and shriveled, soak them in extremely hot water for 10-15 minutes before using. Just make sure to dry them off in a towel before adding to the recipe.
Adapted from Our Lady of the Wayside 50th Anniversary Cookbook
Adapted from Our Lady of the Wayside 50th Anniversary Cookbook
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Fuel Up During The First Look For Charity 2018

CAS_4c_2018_FLfC Through all the crazy weather, there is one event we look forward to this time of year.  The Chicago Auto Show and of course the Chicago Auto Show’s First Look For Charity on Friday, February 9th.  This year we didn’t miss out on the preview for the delicious food.  Just like last year the spread is just another promise of what this night will bring in 2018! flfc 3

Last year 3 million dollars were raised for 18 local charities.  All while people enjoy themselves with a sneak peek at the Chicago Auto Show.  This year we hope for no less and maybe even a new record breaking amount to support our local charities.  Tickets can still be designated to all 18 or the charity or charities of your choosing.   flfc 2

So, let us give you a peek at what you can dine on during this First Look For Charity!  This year the options are even fresher than last year.  With our stand out favorite of poke bowls by Poke and Roll.  They offered a vegetarian and a salmon poke.  A big hit amongst the crowd.  Along with an updated shrimp ceviche from Savor Chicago.    flfc 1

There were some more traditional Chicago staples like Urban BBQ providing burnt ends on mac n’cheese and the must have Garrett’s popcorn.  Alongside Andy’s frozen custard sundaes which is our only chance to truly enjoy custard in the winter! Please don’t tell me, we’re the only ones to enjoy frozen treats in the winter!  flfc 4

Either way you are left with a high end bar.  With Trinchero Wines offering a nice selection.  Alongside some Don Julio cocktails with palomas 2 ways.  As well as, Goose Island offering up Sofie with a fresh cheese pairing!  All the more reason to enjoy your night during the First Look For Charity 2018! 

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