Almond Pear Bread #BreadBakers

Almond Pear Bread and slice

Almond Pear Bread bakes ripe red pears into an almond quick bread. Delicious for breakfast, brunch or late night snack.

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Welcome to another fun addition of Bread Bakers!

I’m so happy to be hosting June #BreadBakers ! This month we’re showing off our best breads made with nut meal and nut flours. Nut flour in its purest form is simply finely ground nuts like almonds and hazelnuts.
I replace between 1/4 and 1/3 of the flour with nut meal when baking.

The nuts add moisture, oils, nutrition and texture. Although peanuts aren’t actually “nuts” but legumes, powdered peanuts bring the same great additions to the mix!

Almond Pear Bread

Almond Pear Bread #BreadBakers

Yield: 12 pieces

Serving Size: 1 each


  • 1/4 cup maple sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons shortening
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (I used Nielsen-Massey almond extract)
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup almond flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup peeled and diced pears (about 1 medium-sized pear)


  • Cream together sugars and shortening.
  • Add honey, egg and almond extract.
  • Mix together flour, almond flour, cinnamon and baking powder. Alternate adding dry ingredients with buttermilk.
  • Stir in pears.
  • Pour into well-greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 50 to 60 minutes until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool 30 minutes in pan. Remove loaf and cool completely on rack before slicing.
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Food for Thought… Which fresh fruit and nut combo appeals most to you for bread? Does your recipe include chopped or whole nuts too? I’d love to hear your thoughts in a comment below.


#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to

Enjoy all these delicious nutty takes on nut bread from the Bread Bakers group!

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Sweet Potato Muffins with Veggie Cream Cheese #SundaySupper

Sweet Potato Muffins with Veggie Cream Cheese makes any kid smile! Colorful radishes, carrots and green onion coating a sweet, tender sweet potato muffin. A delicious breakfast, snack or side for kids of any age!

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My mom was lucky. I always loved fresh vegetables. No fight to get me to eat my veggies. We had a garden and I got to grow my favorites, too.

My daughter could be conned into eating celery or raw carrots with a blob of peanut butter nearby.

Along came the grandkids and it was 50/50 on eating fresh veggies. My granddaughter loves cooked veggies but I think years of braces took its toll on eating raw, crisp vegetables. Even corn on the cob was a challenge.

My little guy loves raw veggies. A few years back they had a nice sized garden. Mac would be out there every day picking cherry tomatoes, green beans and zucchini.

So its was never a lack of veggies in their diets but maybe a bit of boredom.

Sweet treats chocked full of veggies is an alternative to get some extra veggies in all our diets.

First thing that comes to mind is Zucchini Brownies.

zucchini parfait ingredients

Maybe Chocolate Zucchini Cakeis more your thing.

chocolate zucchini cake

Both of those are great if you have zucchini overload this summer! In the meantime, try these Sweet Potato Muffins with a smear of vegetable cream cheese.
Sweet Potato Muffins Veggie Cream Cheese


Sweet Potato Muffins with Veggie Cream Cheese

Sweet Potato Muffins with Veggie Cream Cheese #SundaySupper

Yield: 9 to 10 muffins

Serving Size: 1 each


  • cooking spray
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 cup mashed cooked sweet potato(about 1 small)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Veggie Cream Cheese
  • 4 ounces regular cream cheese or Neufchâtel cheese, softened
  • 2 medium radishes
  • 4 baby carrots
  • 1 green onion


  • line muffin tin with papers gently spray with cooking spray
  • Mix together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk, oil, vanilla and sweet potatoes. Add to dry ingredients.
  • Fill muffin papers 3/4 full. Bake at 400 degrees about 12 to 15 minutes until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Veggie Cream Cheese
  • Chop radishes, carrots and onions in a food processor until finely chopped. Add cream cheese and blend.
  • Spread on muffins.
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Special thanks to Anne from Simple and Savory for hosting this event! Thanks also to Cricket from Cricket’s Confections for organizing the event!

Food for Thought…Kids love to be included in meal time preparation. What ways do you use to include your kids or grandkids in adding veggies to the meal. Do they help with selection? Maybe making the salad is a fun contribution. Snapping beans or shucking corn can be fun for little fingers! I’d love to hear your thoughts in a comment below!

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Enjoy these Sunday Supper Kid Friendly Vegetable Recipes!





For even more kid friendly vegetables check out these Vegetable Recipes for Picky Eaters by The Sunday Supper Movement

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Beat The Heat with Mint Tea Slushes

We’re having a heat wave! Time to cool down with a Mint Tea Slush!

mint tea slush glass


This is a really simple recipe. You can adjust it to your tastes. I like a lot of mint and on the sweeter side.
I start off with the tea. 4 cups of water to 1 cup of mint leaves plus 1/4 cup sugar. Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Turn off heat to steep tea. When it reaches the desired strength. Strain into a cup or vessel to pour.

mint tea slush leaves

Fill ice trays –this should fill two trays– with tea. Freeze.

mint tea slush pour

Put frozen tea cubes in the blender. Pulse it to crush. Add a little water if needed to work the cubes.

mint tea slush cubes

Pour into frozen glasses. Serve with a straw and long handled tea spoon.

mint tea slush close up

Don’t stop there!

You can make tea slushes out of any kind of tea.

  • Try your favorite herbal tea. Brew a bit stronger for more flavor.
  • Mix it up with a bit of lemon, orange or lime. Add this citrus as juice or zest.

Make extra tea cubes and store in a freezer bag for a quick frozen treat!

Food for Thought…What kind of beverage have you tried as a frozen version? Perfect Punch? Lemonade? Maybe soda or even coffee? I love to hear your ideas in a comment below! 

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Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #250

Welcome to another fun Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party!

Please share your recipes, crafts and DIY projects with our friends!

Before we get started let’s say, “Congratulations” to last week’s winners!



You can find the links to our Host Favorite Picks here at Daily Dish Magazine!

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