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Recipes Bread Chocolate Pear and Pecan Bread
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Written by Whole Grain Gourmet   
Friday, 01 August 2008 05:00

chocolate pear and pecan bread

If you have tried our banana bread, then you will probably understand why it is the most frequently baked item in our home. We absolutely love it. Yet, there are times when we seek a change of pace. Lately this is the recipe we find ourselves turning to. Valrhona cocoa, ripe pears, cinnamon, and lemon zest combine to create a flavor that is at once exotic and familiar.

This bread bakes up moist and delicious. Like our banana bread recipe, it is lower in sugar and added fat than most conventional recipes. It is also healthier because it is made with whole grain flour and organic sugar. This in no way compromises flavor or texture.

We recently shared this bread with friends at a picnic. They loved it as much as we do. We hope you enjoy it as well. It pairs well with a warm cup of spiced chai.

Chocolate Pear and Pecan Bread


Dry Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup organic sugar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp high quality cocoa, we use valrhona
Wet Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cup grated ripe peeled pears
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp fresh grated lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Yummy Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lighly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan
  3. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Whisk and set aside.
  4. In another large bowl, whisk the wet ingredients together to combine.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until until just combined.
  6. Add the pecans and mix briefly to distribute evenly. Do not over mix.
  7. Spread the batter into the pan and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. (test for doneness being careful not to overbake as it may dry out the bread)
  8. Place pan on a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes.
  9. Remove bread from pan and return bread to rack to cool completely.
  10. The bread will moisten considerably overnight.

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