Pear Almond Streusel Bread

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Pear Almond Streusel Bread-this easy pear quick bread has a sweet almond streusel topping and glaze. It is great for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. 

Pear Almond Streusel Bread

What do you do when your nice neighbors bring you over a huge bag of pears from their tree? First, you say thank you and then you make Easy Pear Sauce and Pear and Blue Cheese Flatbread. I love pear season!

I thought those two recipes would use up all of the pears, but luckily I still had a few left so I made, Pear Almond Streusel Bread. This easy quick bread is a new fall favorite.

Pear Almond Streusel Bread Recipe

Pears are usually the back up singers during the fall. The apples and pumpkins usually take the lead and steal the show. Well, move over apples and pumpkins because it is time for the pears to shine. This Pear Almond Streusel Bread is a real show stopper!

Pear Almond Streusel Bread Recipe

I love quick breads because they are easy to whip up. I made this loaf on a chilly Saturday morning and it was the perfect weekend breakfast treat.

Pear Almond Streusel Bread Recipe

The cinnamon spiced bread is dotted with pears and covered with a sweet almond streusel topping. My boys begged for me to add frosting to the bread, they love frosting on just about everything:) To make them happy, I made a simple almond glaze and drizzled it over the top. They were right, it was the perfect way to finish the bread.

Celebrate fall and pears with this amazing Pear Almond Streusel Bread. It is sure to become a favorite fall treat! I am going to make another loaf this weekend. Hurry up weekend!

Pear Almond Streusel Bread Recipe

Pear Almond Streusel Bread

This easy quick bread is a fall favorite! Make a loaf for breakfast or dessert!
4.5 from 4 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Total Time
1 hour 15 minutes
1 loaf


For the Almond Streusel Topping:

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup  chopped almonds

For the Bread:

  • 2 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup  buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup  canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/4 cup chopped pears skin removed

For the Almond Glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F degrees. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. First, make the streusel topping. In a small bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cold butter pieces. Rub the mixture together with your fingers until combined and crumbly. Stir in the chopped almonds. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and egg. Whisk until smooth and there are no brown sugar clumps. Whisk in the buttermilk, oil, vanilla extract, and almond extract.
  5. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently whisk until there are no more lumps. Don't overmix. Fold in the chopped pears.
  6. Pour batter in prepared pan. Sprinkle the almond streusel topping evenly over the bread.
  7. Bake for 60 minutes, loosely covering the bread with aluminum foil after 30 minutes to prevent the top from getting too dark.  A toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf will come out clean when the bread is done. Remove from the oven and allow the bread to cool for 15 minutes on a wire cooling rack. Use a knife to loosen the bread around the edges in the pan. Carefully remove the bread from the pan and cool completely.
  8. Note-the bread will keep covered on the counter for up to 3 days. Can freeze the loaf for up to 2 months.

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I just read your recipe on the pear quick bread. It sounds so good and will be getting some pears the next time I go to the store. I noticed that the pears sank to the bottom of the loaf. My question is this….would it help if you lightly coated the chopped pears with a little flour like you do with raisins when adding them to say a pumpkin loaf? Wouldn’t that help with the pears to stay thought out the bread rather have them sink to the bottom of the loaf?

  2. This looks so yummy! Would it be possible to make this bread into muffins? My daughter is diabetic and portion control is key to home made goods. Would the ingredients needs to change at all? Thanks for your help!

  3. Do you think this would work with quince if I cut it into smaller chunks? Or would I have to precook/steam the quince to make it sufficiently soft? This sounds so lovely I want to run home and make it NOW!

  4. 5 stars
    What a wonderful recipe that incorporates the glorious pears that are in season now. Enjoyed how subtly sweet it is which makes it great for brunch. The streusel topping is a nice touch! Thank you for sharing!

  5. This is awesome. My neighbor brought me 3 bags of tree ripened Pears and I had to do something with them. I made this and took it to work and it was gone. Everyone enjoyed it. I personally am not a pear person but this has changed my mind about pears. Easy recipe to follow and I used low fat buttermilk. Tastes like Fall. Thank so much for sharing. ;]

  6. This bread deserves nothing but 5 stars!! My mother in law found this recipe and gave it to me. Since then I have made it for every special occasion and constantly get asked for the recipe. My sister, sister in law, and mom also get asked for the recipe too.

    Making a loaf right now to bring to a friend who just had a baby. Might make two and keep one at home for myself 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    Wow! This is sooo good! I had bought a big bag of pears that we weren’t eating so my mom suggested I look for a pear bread to make. I found a couple recipes but nothing really stood out to me. Then I found your recipe and thought it sounded really good. I baked it last night and we just ate some for breakfast. OMG I’m in pear bread Heaven. I didn’t add the icing to save a couple calories, but it was perfect without it. Thanks for a great recipe. I will be adding it to my favorite recipes cookbook!

  8. It may be obvious but you didn’t mention when to apply the glaze. Is it best to wait till bread is completely cooled or when it’s still warm? The recipe sounds delicious!

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