Vanilla Pear Bread

Well, school is back in session and just like that Summertime Melissa is gone for another year.

She doesn’t linger…it’s more like Work Melissa slams the door after she pushes her out. It’s all very dramatic.

I think saying goodbye is harder for Andrew than me. I don’t mind routine, work, lists…structure in general. But maybe I should try to make the transition easier for Andrew.

We did get to ease back into the year with two days before the long weekend. That makes for two short weeks and a gentle start to the year for the little people we work with.

Teachers, just like students, can find the first day of school a little daunting. I never sleep well the night before school starts. I lie awake wondering what the kids will be like, what the parents will be like and most importantly, what should I wear to look like I know what I am doing.

This year was an easier start than most. I got myself ready and headed in early to prepare for the sea of children that would enter my room at 8:30 am.

As I was walking into the school, one of my earrings fell out and hit the ground. The backing had disappeared and the post was bent up funny. Now if you know me, not wearing earrings is akin to not wearing pants…it’s just not acceptable, and frankly I feel a little bit naked without them.

So I did what any good teacher would do…

I cut the eraser off a pencil and jammed that on the back of my earring to hold it on.

Vanilla Pear Bread

#teacherhack, #erasersarentjustformistakes, #nobackingnoproblem

I’ve had a jar of pears sitting in my pantry for who knows how long. Every time I grab something out of the pantry they taunt me…they just sit there and I wrack my brain trying to figure out what I can do with them.

Then I found a recipe for vanilla pear bread.

Vanilla Pear Bread

I decided this would be the perfect fall way to use up the pears. So I opened them up and promptly blended them in my ninja.

Unfortunately I don’t keep vanilla pods in my house (I’m not that fancy), so instead of infusing the pears with beautiful real vanilla, I just threw in a splash of vanilla extract and let it sit while I started with the other wet ingredients.

Vanilla Pear Bread

In my stand mixer I mixed

  • 1/2 cup softened margarine (you can use butter too…I bet it would taste awesome)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar

Vanilla Pear Bread

When that was well mixed, I added in 2 eggs and finally 1/2 cup of pear puree.

In another bowl I mixed the dry ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon each cloves, cardamom and nutmeg

Vanilla Pear Bread

I added it to the wet ingredients and mixed until just combined.

Then I had another great idea. I bought some dark chocolate coconut bars when they were on super clearance at Superstore. Again, I have had them for quite a while and we weren’t eating them. So I chopped them up and threw them into the batter.

Vanilla Pear Bread

I decided to make these into muffins for easier transport to work and school. I sprayed my muffin tins and filled them 3/4 full. I baked them for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. They got a little more brown then I would like, so next time I would check them at the 25 minute mark with a toothpick.

Vanilla Pear Bread

The Verdict- The spices in these muffins give them that distinctly fall flavor, which I love. The pear and vanilla are amazing together and chocolate makes everything better.