Make a large, delicious loaf of Vanilla Glazed Pear Bread, or use the recipe to make 12 muffins, filled with fresh pears & topped with a sweet glaze!
Preheat oven to 375°F. Slice pears in half lengthwise, and remove the core. Thinly slice pears; cut each slice into small cubes. Put pears in a large bowl. Add ground cinnamon, granulated sugar, and lemon juice; stir ingredients gently together. Set aside.
In a separate small bowl, combine sour cream, egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and milk. Whisk together to form batter; set aside.
Sift flour baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Use a spoon or fingers to make a deep well in the middle. Pour some of the batter and some of the pears into the well. Note: Do this in small batches! Stir to blend, and then gradually add in more batter and fruit. Do this until everything has been added and only mix just until it is just barely blended together. Do not overmix! The finished batter will be very thick. Spray bottom and sides of a 9"x5" bread pan (or muffin tin if making muffins) with non-stick cooking spray. Spoon batter into pan and spread evenly. Lightly sprinkle the batter with cinnamon (optional).
If making muffins, fill tins about 2/3 full. Place loaf pan (or muffin tin) into a preheated 375° F oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until top of the bread loaf or muffins are golden brown. Test it at 30 minutes by inserting a toothpick into the center. If toothpick comes out free of batter, it's done. When done, remove the bread (or muffins) from the oven. Let bread rest in pan for 5 minutes, then carefully remove and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
While the bread or muffins are cooling, make the vanilla glaze. Place powdered sugar, ground ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, and warm water in a small bowl. Mix together until a spreadable glaze is made. If glaze is too thick to spread with a pastry brush, add a tiny bit more water. Spread the vanilla glaze over the entire top of the warm (or completely cooled) bread (or each muffin). Once loaf or muffins have cooled and glaze has firmed up, it is ready to eat!
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