Turkish Pear Coffee Bread

by Michelle on October 31, 2010

This week for HBinFive one of our assignments was Turkish Pear Coffee Bread. Pear is such a delicate fruit in both flavor and texture that I was concerned that the pear would be over powered with the ground coffee beans and sour cream but I trudged on and made it anyways!

I made half a recipe and even thought I bought my pears 5 days ago, four of the five pears were not ripe and rock hard so I used one pear and one Macintosh Apple. To bake the bread I made a 5-Strand Braid and it rose and baked beautifully! I love making French Toast from braided bread so made some French Toast for Sunday morning breakfast. Mr. Tastebuds loved the Pear Coffee Bread and told me several times how good the French Toast tasted!!

And I also used Fresh Yeast which is my current favorite yeast. It makes a huge difference in the rise of my breads and I just love it! I buy the Fresh Yeast in 2 oz cakes and then cut the yeast cake into quarters, with each quarter equaling 1 packet of yeast. I then wrap each quarter in aluminum foil and freeze it. Fresh Yeast does expire but freezing keeps it fresh for a long time. There’s really no need to thaw Fresh Yeast. I just put the frozen yeast in a bowl and add 1/2 c warm water and wait about 15 minutes for it to thoroughly dissolve.

NOTE: Most grocery stores carry Fresh Yeast which can be found in the refrigerated section sometimes near the butter or eggs. If you can’t find it, just ask at Customer Service. MAKE SURE TO CHECK the expiration date which is stamped on the side of the package.

Simple French Toast
Recipe adapted from my Mom

2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 c. milk
5-6 slices of bread
Cinnamon
Cooking Spray like Pam

Option: Fresh fruit

Measure the milk into a small bowl. Add slightly beaten eggs and mix well. Pour milk/egg mix on to a small platter or pie plate. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Over medium-low heat, heat griddle or skillet coated with cooking spray.

Place a bread slice into the egg mixture, letting the slice soak up egg mixture for only a few seconds, then carefully turn to coat the other side. Coat only 1 slice of bread at a time and only as many slices as you will be cooking at one time. You may have to add more cinnamon.

Transfer bread slices to griddle or skillet, heating slowly until bottom is golden brown. Turn and brown the other side. Serve French toast hot with butter, syrup and fresh fruit.




Some other food blogs currently featuring HB5 Breads:

Carolyn – Outdoor Cooking in Oz
Guff – Healthy Bread in 5 Challenge
Cathy – Bread Experience
Judy – Judy’s Bakery and Test Kitchen
Melanie – Tweedie’s HBin5 Adventure
Carlyn – Baked with Luv
Clarice – Hearth Arts
Danielle – Cooking from my Peace of Mind




Signs of Fall



Some of my Vintage Wool Blanket Collection airing out in the crisp fall air!

My Vintage Blankets are worth a small fortune and I never hang them outside with guards. And the pups take their job very seriously!





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  • Gwen October 31, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Looks delish. Where do you find the fresh yeaast?

    • Michelle October 31, 2010 at 1:44 pm

      Gwen,

      You can find fresh yeast at most grocery stores in the refrigerated section usually near the butter or eggs.

      Michelle

  • Carolyn In Oz October 31, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Looks lovely is there instructions somewhere for doing a five braid?

  • kat November 1, 2010 at 10:03 am

    That is some amazing sounding bread!

  • Guff November 1, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Beautiful blankets, and the bread ain’t bad either.

  • Judy November 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    It all looks great!

  • Carlyn November 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Braided French Toast!! Great idea, I will try that (thanks for the video link–it “looks” easy?!? ). I loved your wool blankets. Thanks for sharing.

  • Zoe Francois November 2, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I love French Toast, what a fantastic idea to use this braid! It looks Wonderful!!

  • Danielle November 2, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    I want to try fresh yeast! I haven’t made this bread yet…but I will probably this weekend. I love your french toast :)

  • clarice November 4, 2010 at 8:56 am

    I’ve never used fresh yeast. That’s interesting that it makes a difference in the rise of your breads. Thanks for your signs of Fall–I like the photos of your blankets, and I’d like to see more of your dogs! They make me :) !

  • Sheila November 8, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Oh, I love your helper there guarding the blankets! What neat blankets, too!

    And that bread… oh, that bread!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

  • Danielle November 9, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I finally made this bread! Your french toast must’ve stuck in my head cuz I made it too :)

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