On Prague and Pear Bread

How much good food can one person eat in a week without exploding?  I may find out by the end of this Thanksgiving week.  The food fest was kicked off on Sunday night at the Amazing Race dinner party

Niki arrived with bags and baggage, pots and pans.  When Kwame looked into the deep pot of chili that Niki set on the counter he asked, “Are those shrimp?”  To which Niki replied, “It’s hominy.”  It’s no use probing too deeply into 1. Why Kwame thought shrimp would be in chili, or 2. Why Kwame thought hominy looked like shrimp.  The chili was hot and delicious, and the hominy was a great addition, adding heft and chewiness.  The cornbread was simply the best cornbread ever made.  Savory, not sweet, and full of corn, chiles, and cheese. 

As if it weren’t enough pleasure to slowly enjoy a bowl of chili and cornbread, we got to do so while watching the Amazing Race teams struggle mightily to find tiny mandolins in an enormous opera house, and pull themselves across a cable suspended above river rapids in Prague. 

At the end of the evening, Janna served squares of Spiced D’Anjou Pear Bread.  Dense, moist, and still warm, the pear bread exuded a nostalgic whiff of every holiday dessert ever made, with a hint of ginger and nutmeg subtly remniscent of gingerbread.  The sliced pears embedded within were firm and slightly grainy, and added a pleasing contrast to the cake itself.  And of course, Spiced D’Anjou Pear Bread seems even more impossibly elegant when introduced in Janna’s impeccable French accent.

Spiced D’Anjou Pear Bread

(from Full Circle Farms)

  • 3 cups Brown Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 3 cups Flour
  • 4 Pears, thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1 ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 ½ tsp Ground Ginger

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine wet ingredients and brown sugar first, stir in pear slices, making sure each is coated.  Slowly add flour and dry ingredients.  Grease two loaf pans generously.  Pour into pans and bake for 60-65 minutes or until center is done.

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