Poached Pear Bread for #SundaySupper

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Today is reason to celebrate my friends!!! Sunday Supper is TWO years old. I have been cooking and baking with this fabulous group for over a year and a half and it’s been wonderful! This group challenges me, encourages me and hey, since we’re all food bloggers, we understand each other.

 

TWO years is something to celebrate. .  so I wanted to bring something special to the table.

 

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When I saw this bread in my Jan/Feb 2014 issue of Cooking Light magazine, I knew exactly what I wanted to bake and this was it. But I didn’t use just any ole bread mix, or even the Maple-Stout Quick Bread recipe that Cooking Light suggested (although I am totally trying this next time), I made an olive oil lemon mix. Cake, bread, call it what you want.

 

This Poached Pear Olive Oil Bread is the bomb.

 

The sweet, tender pears paired with the flavorful olive oil cake is perfection. And if you’ve never tried an olive oil cake, the olive oil is very subtle and delicious. But you must use a good quality, good tasting olive oil for this. I used CA Olive Ranch’s everyday extra virgin olive oil and I have also used Trader Joe’s Imported Olive Oil (packed in Italy) for olive oil cake, here and here.

 

The awesome thing about this recipe, there’s a video. Watch this before you bake and here are my step-by-step photos and TIPS as well.

 

Bring 4 cups water and granulated sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the pears; reduce the heat to medium, and cook at a medium-low boil for 5 minutes or just until the pears start to soften.

 

poaching pears

 

 

Remove the pears from the pan; cool slightly. Trim the bottom off of each pear so that it is about the height of a 9 x 5–inch loaf pan. Place your pears in or next to your baking pan so you know approximately how much to cut off.

 

 

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Arrange the pears in the direction and order you want ahead of time.

 

 

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setting pears in baking dish

 

 

Lightly brush some flour over the bottom 2/3rds of each pear. I probably should have brushed on more flour here and this is probably why my olive oil batter did not adhere completely to my middle pear while baking.

 

 

flour on pears

 

 

Spray your baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Now, for this next step you can either place your pears in the baking pan and pour in the batter like I did OR you can pour in the batter first and then arrange the pears in the baking pan, pressing them into batter.

 

 

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VERY IMPORTANT:  Remember, your batter will rise so make sure you don’t pour too much batter in the baking dish. With the recipe card below, you are fine to pour in all of the olive oil bread batter. Even though it may appear that I have too much batter, none of it overflowed when baking. It will depend on what bread recipe you use, your ingredients and the size of your baking loaf pan so just watch it and be careful not to pour in too much. If you are concerned that the batter will overflow while baking, discard a 1/4 – 1/2 cup of the batter.

 

 

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Bake at 350° for about 60 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes in pan on a wire rack.  I always like to take a butter knife and run it around the edges of the loaf to loosen the bread and help it to fall out of the pan easier. Carefully remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack, slice and serve immediately. Enjoy!

 

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I did get a little crackage with my Olive Oil Bread but it still tasted fabulous! Slice and serve immediately! yum!!

 

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This was the other end of my bread. .  I think the pears are so beautiful and since each one is shaped differently. .  it makes the bread look all the more unique and gorgeous!

 

 

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Poached Pear Olive Oil Bread
 
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Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack or Dessert
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 small whole Bosc pears
  • 1½ teaspoons all-purpose flour (for brushing on the pears)
For the olive oil batter:
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅔ cup extra-virgin (good tasting) olive oil
  • ⅓ cup melted unsalted butter
  • Finely grated zest and freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • non-stick baking spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Bring 4 cups water and granulated sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the pears; reduce heat to medium, and cook at a medium-low boil for 5 minutes or just until pears start to soften. Remove pears from pan; cool slightly. Trim the bottom off of each pear so that it is about the height of a 9 x 5–inch loaf pan. Lightly brush flour over the bottom ⅔rds of each pear.
For the olive oil bread:
  1. Using your electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the eggs and sugar and beat on high speed for about 3 minutes. Drizzle in the olive oil and melted butter and continue to mix. Fold in the lemon zest and juice.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet egg mixture and mix until evenly combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula if needed.
  3. Spray your baking pan with non-stick baking spray. Arrange your pears (brushed with the flour) in the baking loaf pan and carefully pour in the batter.
  4. Bake at 350° for about 60 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Cool for about 20 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Carefully remove from pan and allow to cool completely on wire rack. Slice and serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light.

 

 

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We’re celebrating TWO years! Woot woot!!! I have so many fun memories and so many themes that I loved. I love that SundaySupper challenges me to cook or make something I may have never even thought of. I love reading everyone’s stories, posts and recipes each Sunday.

 

One of my favorite moments this past year with Sunday Supper was our Thanksgiving Day Sunday, where we all said what we were thankful for. The stories that were shared were so touching and meaningful.  Another favorite thing was being a part of the American Family Insurance “Back To The Family Dinner Table” Sunday Supper and having our recipes included in their e-cookbook. You can download the cookbook here. It’s FREE. And my Veggie Mac and Cheese is in there! It’s just a small cookbook but it’s cool seeing our recipes there and I absolutely love what the cookbook stands for. Getting families back to the dinner table. Sitting down, reconnecting as a family and eating together. That’s what it’s all about.

 

I also loved the Desserts In Jars Sunday Supper. I think these photos say it all.

 

The lovely Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake is hosting today! I had the pleasure of meeting Liz at IFBC and Nancy from Gotta Get Baked. Liz bakes the most gorgeous desserts, cakes, pies, tarts. .  you name it. I am always in awe of her recipes and photography. And she is the sweetest person!

 

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So, without further ado. .  Happy TWO years, Sunday Supper!! Let’s see what everyone is bringing to the table!

 

 

Brilliant Breads and Breakfast Fare:

 

Amazing Appetizers and Cocktails:

 

Spectacular Soups and Salads:

 

Enticing Entrees:

 

Decadent Desserts:

 

 

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on Twitter today! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm EST. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

 

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy! You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

 

 

 

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108 Responses to "Poached Pear Bread for #SundaySupper"

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  1. The Vegan 8

    January 12, 2014 at 2:37 am

    Oh Alice, this looks so beautiful! I saw a pear loaf just like this in a Williams Sonoma magazine as well and it totally had me drooling….so incredibly beautiful. I love how you photographed it. Bright and gorgeous!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 12, 2014 at 7:59 am

      Thank you so much, Brandi!!

      Reply
  2. Alice

    January 12, 2014 at 3:23 am

    Saw it, loved it! I love the use of poached pears in tarts and classic desserts. So much in fact, (I have one) on my graduation menu at school. This is so very beautiful, definite #swoon factor!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 12, 2014 at 8:00 am

      Thank you so much, Alice! This was a lot of fun and will definitely be making this one again soon!

      Reply
  3. The Ninja Baker

    January 12, 2014 at 4:07 am

    What a fun bread to bring to the party, Alice…Looks a little challenging but fun to make, too.

    Giving thanks – no matter – what time of year is always grounding for me, too.

    P.s. Love seeing your little ballerina photos on FB =)

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 12, 2014 at 8:01 am

      Thank you so much, Kim!

      Reply
  4. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes

    January 12, 2014 at 5:29 am

    Those whole pears and olive oil in the batter make this an absolute stunner Alice! I bake with olive oil so much, and pears, I think I like them over apples! Happy sunday my wonderful friend!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 12, 2014 at 8:01 am

      thank you so much, Paula! I wasn’t sure of the combination at first and this tasted delicious!

      Reply
  5. Liz

    January 12, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Oh, my gosh, Alice, this is STUNNING!!! I seriously must bake this bread…you are an inspiration! It was such a joy to meet you at the IFBC…one of my favorite SS moments, too! Looking forward to cooking along with you for many Sundays to come! xo

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 12, 2014 at 8:03 am

      Thank you so much, Liz! It was so AWESOME meeting you!!! and hello?! Your Chocolate Mousse Torte is gorgeous!!! Looking forward to cooking along you as well! Cheers!

      Reply
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  17. Renee

    January 12, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Oh my. Oh WOW. Your bread is STUNNING!!! It’s a masterpiece and something to make for a very special event like this two year anniversary.

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 12, 2014 at 8:03 am

      Awh, thank you so much, Renee!!! :)

      Reply
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  19. Katie

    January 12, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I can’t get over how beautiful this bread is! It sounds wonderful, and it’s such a showstopper….

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 12, 2014 at 8:04 am

      Thank you so much, Katie! I’m hoping everyone tries this one!

      Reply
  20. Renee - Kudos Kitchen

    January 12, 2014 at 7:58 am

    What a show stopper! I don’t believe I’ve ever seen anything like it! This is a perfect party dish and a real conversation starter too!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 12, 2014 at 8:05 am

      Thank you so much, Renee!!! yes, this is definitely dinner party or party dish material! :)

      Reply
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  23. Jennifer B

    January 12, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Excuse my language, but holy shit. (There are no other words to describe what I think about your dish for today.) This bread is beautiful. I just…I have no other words. :)

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 12, 2014 at 8:28 am

      haha, thank you Jennifer!!! :)

      Reply
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  26. Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom)

    January 12, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Gorgeous Alice! So glad to have met you through Sunday Supper!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 13, 2014 at 8:01 am

      Thank you, Amy! Me too!!! I will look into plane tickets!!

      Reply
  27. Family Foodie

    January 12, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Alice, seriously — this cake is a work of art! Absolutely spectacular. Thank you for being such a big part of the Sunday Supper Family and sharing inspiring recipes like this one week after week!!!!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 13, 2014 at 8:02 am

      Isabel, thank you so much! That means so much coming from you. . I am going to try to make it to the conference this year! I have to meet you! :) Cheers!

      Reply
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  30. Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet)

    January 12, 2014 at 9:18 am

    This is SO pretty…I saw it in the back of my magazine this week and wanted to make it too! Good to know it can be made with a variety of cake batters. Yummy!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 13, 2014 at 8:03 am

      Thank you so much, Wendy! Yes, Cooking Light!

      Reply
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  33. Stacy

    January 12, 2014 at 9:44 am

    I opened your link, Alice, and when I scrolled down, I gotta tell you that my first reaction was an audible, “Ooooo, fancy!.” (Yes, sadly, I speak to myself.) What a gorgeous cake! This is definitely worthy of a celebration!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 12, 2014 at 10:58 am

      haha, thank you so much Stacy! I talk to myself all the time. . :)

      Reply
  34. Marie@citronlimette

    January 12, 2014 at 10:05 am

    I can’t wait to make this bread. It looks spectacular.

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 12, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Thank you so much, Marie!!! Let me know how it goes!

      Reply
  35. Tara

    January 12, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Never seen anything like this and my mother would have loved it as where I grew up we had tons of pear trees on our property from an old orchard. Simply divine!!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 13, 2014 at 8:03 am

      Thank you so much, Tara!!

      Reply
  36. Tammi @ Momma's Meals

    January 12, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Wow this is amazing! I love pears and this is a great way to REALLY love them! What a fabulous recipe! Happy Sunday to you and yours!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 13, 2014 at 8:03 am

      Thank you so much, Tammi! I hope you give the recipe a try!

      Reply
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  38. Constance Smith (@FoodieArmyWife)

    January 12, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Holey Socks!!! This is GORGEOUS!!!! Happy “Birthday!” :D

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 13, 2014 at 8:04 am

      Conni, haha thank you SO much!

      Reply
  39. Katy

    January 12, 2014 at 11:05 am

    What an attractive and unusual cake – such a great idea and a wonderful combination of flavours.

    Reply
  40. Lauren @ Healthy Delicious

    January 12, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Oh. My. God. This is just about the most delicious thing I’ve ever seen! Poached pears make me weak in the knees.

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 12, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      Lauren, I love this comment. . thank you so much! Poached Pears make me weak in the knees too! :)

      Reply
  41. Alida

    January 12, 2014 at 11:11 am

    What an impressive and beautiful bread! My grandma used to make a pear bread recipe, but it was nothing close to how fancy this looks. Stumbled and pinned! :)

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 12, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      Thank you so much, Alida!!! :)

      Reply
  42. Laura Dembowski

    January 12, 2014 at 11:14 am

    This bread is stunning! I want it for my birthday too :)

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 12, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      thank you, Laura! I think you would really love this!

      Reply
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  44. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    January 12, 2014 at 11:51 am

    WOWSER that is one inventive bread/cake! It is pretty wonderful, the way those pears just salute you!

    I have loved being a part of Sunday Supper, and cooking along with everyone each week.
    Cheers to another great year!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 13, 2014 at 8:05 am

      Thank you so much, Dorothy! I feel the same way! Cheers!

      Reply
  45. Bea

    January 12, 2014 at 11:52 am

    WOW – look at that beauty. Simply stunning :)

    Yay for Sunday Supper – I am so glad we met :)

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 13, 2014 at 8:06 am

      Thank you so much Bea!

      Reply
  46. The Wimpy Vegetarian

    January 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    This is such a stunner, and I love olive oil cakes. I made my first one a couple of years ago, and I was sold. They’re so moist. And I love the pear baked inside. When I was in school, we did a gingerbread that way with seckle pears and it was fabulous. I’d forgotten all about it until now. Thanks, and pinned!!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 13, 2014 at 8:07 am

      Thank you so much Susan!! Ah, gingerbread and seckled pears. . delicious .. must try!!

      Reply
  47. Hezzi-D

    January 12, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I cut this recipe out to make it after I saw it because it’s so gorgeous! You did an amazing job with it!

    Reply
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  49. Arlene @FlourOnMyFace

    January 12, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    What a beautiful presentation! and an interesting flavor combo.

    Reply
  50. Shannon R

    January 12, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Oh wow, this is so elegant. Thanks for being part of this community, I learn so much from everyone else and I’m constantly inspired.

    Reply
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  53. Cindys Recipes and Writings

    January 12, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Built in fruit! Better than adding jelly. So cool Alice!

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  54. DB-The Foodie Stuntman @ Crazy Foodie Stunts

    January 12, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I’m speechless. That bread is so creative and presented so beautifully. I wouldn’t even thought to conceptualize something like this. Completely impressed.

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 12, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      Awh, thank you so much!!! :) you are too sweet! thank you!!!

      Reply
  55. Cheryl

    January 12, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Oh, your bread looks so good! I want to reach through the scree and try some, and I don’t even like pears! Thanks for sharing the awesome memories as well. HUGS!

    Reply
  56. Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere

    January 12, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    This is beautiful! I can not wait to give this recipe a try!

    Reply
  57. Alaiyo Kiasi-Barnes

    January 12, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Wow, how creative you are! I’ve never heard of or seen Poached Pear Bread. Wonderful photos too!

    Reply
  58. Sarah Reid, CNP (@jo_jo_ba)

    January 12, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    This is a gorgeous way to celebrate! Thanks for being part of the crowd :-)

    Reply
  59. Allie | Baking a Moment

    January 12, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Absolutely stunning! Alice, I cannot get over how gorgeous this cake/bread is… and I love the flavor combination. Poached pears + olive oil sounds divine! Congratulations to you and all the other Sunday Supper contributors :)

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 13, 2014 at 8:12 am

      Thank you so much, Allie!!! the flavor combination is a huge winner in my book! :)

      Reply
  60. Helene D'Souza

    January 13, 2014 at 5:22 am

    My mum once made this aeons ago, also with Bosc pears. I am not sure if I liked it and anyway I was a kid so my flavor choice was way different. We don’t get these gorgeous pears here so I might try your recipe with Anjou pears.

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 13, 2014 at 8:08 am

      Helene, oh let me know how it turns out!

      Reply
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  62. Shaina

    January 13, 2014 at 11:08 am

    What an interesting idea. Poached pears are so good! I’ve never had one baked into bread before, I bet it’s fabulous!

    Reply
  63. Soni

    January 13, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Oh wow!Your cake is absolutely stunning and we also love fruits in our cake :) The Olive oil batter must taste so so good with the pear and I cannot wait to try this! Its been a pleasure cooking Sunday Suppers with you!

    Reply
  64. Susan

    January 13, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Such a pretty bread! I’m all about olive oil based quick breads now that I just made one recently and I used the same brand of oil as you!

    Reply
  65. Cooks_Books

    January 13, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    SO gorgeous — just Pinned your photo. I’m not even a big fan of pears, but I really want to try making this bread.

    Reply
  66. Laura

    January 14, 2014 at 11:42 am

    If this bread even tastes half as good as it looks I am going to be in heaven. I have to make this one.

    Reply
  67. Jane's Adventures in Dinner

    January 14, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Brilliant girl! This is just so very pretty.

    Reply
  68. Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP)

    January 14, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Crackage! HA! I’d eat that amazing bread, cracks or no cracks! I am sure it was delicious! Gorgeous photos, Alice.

    Reply
  69. Courtney @ Neighborfood

    January 15, 2014 at 10:28 am

    This is crazy cool Alice. Who knew you could put whole fruit into a loaf of bread?

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 15, 2014 at 10:44 am

      You’re poaching the pears first. . but yeah, totally cool! :)

      Reply
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  71. Sian

    January 16, 2014 at 1:11 am

    whoah, these look elegantly beautiful, perfect for any dinner party or special occasion.
    i am very excited to try your recipes. i have a couple printed out and can’t wait to try them out :)

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      January 16, 2014 at 6:24 am

      Thank you so much!

      Reply
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  73. RawInTheMiddle

    January 18, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Wow, neat! I’ve never seen anything like this. Gives me ideas to put all kinds of fruit and veggies in bread. I linked to your post at http://www.rawinthemiddle.com/link-love-9/

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  74. Anne @ Webicurean

    January 18, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Wow that’s gorgeous! I never would have thought to bake the pears into the bread that way, but I’ll bet it was amazing!

    Reply
  75. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    January 21, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    This is such a fabulous post, Alice. My mouth literally dropped open in awe when I first saw your photos of the sliced loaf. Complete and total gorgessity. I’d never have thought of baking whole poached fruit into a quick bread. This must’ve tasted amazing! I have loved being a part of Sunday Supper. It’s connected me with such incredible people and I was thrilled when you joined because you are a perfect match for the mission and the movement. Needless to say, meeting you, Liz and other SS participants and bloggers was the highlight of my 2013. Here’s to many more years of #SS!

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    • hipfoodiemom

      January 21, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      Awh, Nancy. . you are the sweetest! yes, I totally agree. . we’re all connected in some way and understand each other. . I hope we are able to meet up again. . if not this year, next year? :) thank you so much!! yes, this olive oil bread with the poached pear was fabulous. . totally making it again . .

      Reply
  76. Aurica

    February 1, 2014 at 4:53 am

    wwooowww, look so nice and tasty, I never try this kind of breakfast and the way it looks, I think is delicious

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    • hipfoodiemom

      February 2, 2014 at 6:59 am

      Thank you! I was quite happy with how this one turned out! :)

      Reply
  77. Jeannie Tay

    February 5, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Simply gorgeous! Perfect party food indeed, the pears looks so wonderfully soft and moist in the cake! love to try this if I could get those pears at this time of year.

    Reply
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