:2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground allspice

1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil

2 eggs

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup chopped peeled ripe pears

1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional


Grease and flour a 5 x 9 loaf pan. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350°F. Sift together flour, salt, baking powder, soda and spices in medium bowl. In large bowl, whisk oil and sugar together. Add eggs and buttermilk and vanilla. Fold in dry ingredients. Stir in chopped pear and nuts, if using, until just blended.

Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan. Bake in 350°F oven 45 to 55 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan ten minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack to cool completely.

Alternatively, makes 3 mini loaf size breads. Reduce baking time to 35 to 45 minutes. Or makes 12 muffins reduce baking time to 35 to 45 minutes.