I have made a lot of breads. Savoury breads, sweet breads, yeast breads and flatbreads. Breads meant to rise (that both did and didn’t . . . ), like proper artisan breads and hearty whole grain breads, and breads meant to be like muffins: a little sweet and perfect for baking days and afternoon snacks.
And to be honest, breads are one of my favourite things to make. Along with muffins, they are almost like comfort baking to me. Something I turn to and make when I need a little baking therapy, or when I am feeling a little sad and down, or when I simply can’t decide what else to make and have so many ideas running through my head I can’t get them all into one thing. And so I just push them all aside and try to stick to just one idea: bread.
That’s how this recipe happened: I was so excited with the onset of fall and all the fall ingredients, while simultaneously had a lot of other non-fall related recipe ideas and was also trying to power through a bunch of recipes at once because I had some time and wanted to get ahead for a couple weeks. Somewhere, this all crashed in the middle and I couldn’t put together any concrete idea for anything at all.
So I went back to basics. And I took the overripe pears I had on the counter, and the abundance of ginger I had from it being on sale and me being a little overly ambitious, and I pushed aside all the thoughts running around in my head about what I should make, and how I should use certain ingredients and I just baked. And I made this bread. This afternoon-snacking-good-for-post-run-and-breakfast-I-nearly-ate-it-all-in-two-days-comfort-food bread. And I did eat it all in three days (only because I made sure to stretch it out), because it was so damn delicious.
This bread was actually, probably one of my favourite to date . . . and remember, I’ve made a lot of bread.
It had the perfect texture, combined with the perfect ginger flavour, and the whole pear inset in the center when you cut into it was like this perfect, unexpected surprise that just finished it off. It was this happy medium between being almost gingerbread and cinnamon pear bread, with the perfect ginger flavour, and of course filled with nothing but healthy ingredients and no refined sugar.
I could go on and on about this for a while longer, and talk more about how delicious it is, and try desperately to convey to you how badly you need to make this. Really though, I’m just making myself more sad about the fact that it is gone, and reminding myself of how badly I want it again. How about I stop ranting on and we both just go make it right now instead? Deal? Deal!