Pear Bread with Oatmeal Streusel

Pear Bread with Oatmeal Streusel |

This recipe has been in the works for a long time.  We’re talking all the way back in September.  My best friend from college was getting married and all the girls were getting ready with the bride.  Her mom picked up a loaf of pear bread from the local farmers’ market and we pretty much demolished the thing – it was that good.  I vowed then that I needed to recreate this delicious hunk of bread as soon as possible and filed it away in my brain as a must-make for the blog.

And here we are at the end of February.  This is one of those times that I kind of want to kick myself for not doing it sooner.  Or writing down the idea in the first place.  That would have been smart.  But I was a bridesmaid and had more important duties that day.  I’ll give myself a pass for this one.

Pear Bread with Oatmeal Streusel |

So better late than never?  We’re talking a quick and easy bread here – filled with lots of fresh chopped pear and plenty of cinnamon.  Now the bread we had at the wedding didn’t have a streusel but I couldn’t help myself.  Streusel, nay oatmeal streusel, makes everything better.  Am I right or am I right?

Pear Bread with Oatmeal Streusel |

No mixer needed, just a super moist and easy bread that I guarantee you’ll demolish in no time as well.  Or burn your finger when you try to pull off a piece of streusel the second it comes out of the oven.  Not my finest decision.

Pear Bread with Oatmeal Streusel
Yield: 1 (8 ½ by 4 ½ inch) loaf
For the streusel:
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
For the bread:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
  • ⅔ cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup cinnamon chips
  • 1 pear, chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 ½ by 4 ½ inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. To make the streusel - in a small bowl, mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, walnuts, cinnamon and salt until well combined (breaking up any clumps). Add in the melted butter and mix until combined and evenly moistened. Set aside.
  3. To make the bread - in a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, granulated sugar and egg until well combined (it will clump together at first but just keep whisking and it will smooth out). Add in the vanilla, coconut oil and milk and whisk again to combine. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until just combined. Gently fold in the cinnamon chips and chopped pear. It will be a nice and thick batter.
  4. Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and use a spatula to smooth the top. Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the top.
  5. Bake for about 50 to 60 minutes, until a tester inserted into the middle of the bread comes out clean. If the top starts to brown too quickly, tent loosely with aluminum foil. Once the bread is cool enough to handle, gently run a butter knife around the edges of the pan to loosen (a few crumbs on the edges may fall away but that’s okay!). Remove to a wire rack to cool.
Make sure that you melt the coconut oil first and then measure out the ⅓ cup (otherwise you may use too much). Alternatively, you can also substitute in canola or vegetable oil - they should both work fine here.

If you only have a 9x5 inch loaf pan, you can go ahead and use it. However, be sure to check the loaf while baking about 5 minutes earlier than noted in the recipe above.

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  1. Daisy says

    Made this over the weekend and it is really really good. I plan on eating the entire loaf myself. Thanks for sharing.

    • Ashley says

      Thank you so much for letting me know Daisy! I’m so happy to hear this! Ha! And I love it – I’m pretty sure I ate most of the loaf myself as well : )

  2. says

    Streusel does make everything better. Especially if it is oatmeal streusel what we’re talking about. Girrrrl – this bread looks unreal and the texture seems wonderful. Oh, how I’d love to have a warm loaf in front of me right now: it wouldn’t last a second I tell you.
    Have a fantastic weekend!

  3. says

    I just burnt myself today after I thought it was a good idea to take out some of the steaming hot sauce from a dish and spilled it all over my hand. And this was after I forgot to add two ingredients to one of my own recipes that I’ve made a thousand times. 😛 I am glad that I stopped by to check out this pear streusel bread. It sounds really incredible! Love the crumble topping!

  4. says

    Wow, this pear bread looks fabulous with all the spices in it and even better with the streusel on top…I sure would love a slice of this bread.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week Ashley 😀

  5. says

    So glad you added a streusel to the top of this bread! I always kick myself for waiting so late to make recipes I think of, and then a month goes by and someone else does it, haha. But this bread looks absolutely wonderful! Wish I had some with my coffee right now. :)

  6. says

    I love it when you eat something so memorable, you want to run home and re-create it! This bread looks incredible. The center is so moist but that generous streusel top totally makes it. That crunch and sweetness out of the oven must be so, so good!!

  7. says

    Wonderful! I would definitely hide this from hubby and take a slice to work with me every day for a week! (well OK, I might give him one slice) I bet the streusel is gorgeous with the nuts and brown sugar in.

  8. says

    My gosh, that streusel! I love how thick it is and I could totally eat a giant slice of this right now. Pears get so nice and soft when baked, what a great add-in.

  9. says

    When I opened the blog and saw your top photo my first reaction was, “Oh, yum! What is that?! And look at that streusel!” Then, I read the post and immediately printed out the recipe (Printing may be old school, but that is how I am). Now I am going out to buy a pear! I am sure this bread would be delicious on its own but with lots of streusel topping it can only be even better!

  10. says

    I am so glad you posted this Ashley because it sounds amazing! Pear and cinnamon are such an amazing combination and oatmeal streusel with walnuts definitely makes everything better. Hehe, I have totally burned my fingers and tongue more than once when sneaking a piece of the streusel fresh out of the oven – totally can’t resist since that’s my favorite part :)

  11. Jo @ the contented baker says

    Aw! This is my kind of loaf – gorgeous Ashley! Streusel has come to me later in life but I am a definite convert and it works a treat here. Just wondered about the cinnamon chips in the recipe, are they a specialist item? Not sure I have seen them in the UK. They sound divine… 😉

  12. says

    I got excited when I saw this post in my e-mail today because I once bought this loaf of Peach Bread (with a streusel topping!) from Great Harvest and it was soooo incredible. I did manage to make a spin on it with apricots at one point, but I never did go the classic pear route. Now I’m reminded that it needs to be done! Yours looks like perfection!

  13. says

    Oh, I would love this bread! Those big chunks of pear, loads of cinnamon, and a beautiful oatmeal streusel are calling my name right now. I’d love some for breakfast, but I guess I’ll have to stick with the oatmeal in front me. ha Pinning, and yes, better late than never!

  14. Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe says

    This sweet bread looks delicious! The oatmeal streusel on top makes it out of this world and I can’t wait to bake it and serve it alongside a cup of tea for the next get-together with my best friends!

    xo, Elisa

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