Friday, March 4, 2011

A Recipe to Share...

First off, one of the best things about Rug Hooking events is getting to see people you've met at other ones. I was disappointed not to get a visit with Nancy, Katie Hartner's mom, who is recouperating after surgery. But delighted to bump into Cora and Marsh, who were both in Maria Barton's Star of Texas Camp class with me in the spring last year. :)

Last week, my good friend :) shared a muffin recipe called glazed pear muffins with me. It was delicious, but a since I'm a lazy cook a bit labor intensive for my tastes.... even though they tasted wonderful to my tongue. I'd omitted the glaze to save on carbs. Anything that starts out with 3 bowls, doesn't usually get a return visit to the kitchen.

Here is my lazy cooks version of  "Spiced Pear Bread" It went out on the serving table at the Hook In this morning, and so I got to actually try it.(yes, sadly it is true, offered it without ever having tried it).

Store brand of "Cinnamon Swirl bread" It came with premade Cinnamon Struesal (my kind of mix!) To that I added 2 eggs(glues the bread together) and a can of pear halves I'd drained and rinsed to get rid of the nasty high fructose corn syrup. Oops, almost forgot the spices, which were 1/4 tsp of ginger and 1/4 tsp cardamom. Next time (yes there definitely will be a next time) I may add a bit of nutmeg as well.

Put everything but the Struesal mix in one bowl and fired up the portable mixer.  :) The pears blended in completely, and since I've replace oil the box calls for with applesauce before, I crossed my fingers and finished construction on the loaf. Half the batter in the pan, and a layer of strusal then the other half of the batter and topped it with streusal again. Followed the directions for baking on the box, and it came out nice and finished(clean toothpick test).

I snagged a piece from the serving tray, and was delighted to bite into a moist slightly pear flavored bread. A nice dense well crumbed bread at that! Hope you'll give it a try, it was tasty, and it certainly was easy to make.


Kathy (woolfind) said...

Sounds wonderful Jo, thanks for sharing!

Maureen said...

Jo! your post is cracking me up. You are so right about something involving three bowls. I'm even lazy enough to disregard a cookie recipe if it involves greasing the cookie sheets! Anyway your remake sounds delicious and I am impressed with your talent to improvise. You know..they do sell canned fruit in its natural juices which would eliminate the rinse step after draining. Hey I'm here for ya sister!I'll be giving this recipe a try.

~*~Leanne~*~ said...

Good morning Jo,
Yummmm! It sounds like you invented a winner! I will try this one!
Enjoy your day,

Cotton Eyed Jo said...

I almost always redeux the recipe or process from the second time on doing a recipe. The first time, I try to follow the directions as exactly as possible. That gives me a "heads up" on some of the potential trouble spots making it. Then, I try to jiggle it around to make it easier.

Maureen, greasing a cookie sheet? Nah, that's what they make cooking spray for... also, these were generic pears and the healthier things are the more they cost(generally). :( ?