Guinness Pear Bread

This recipe is awesome!  I was drawn to it because I thought it was beautiful!  The trick is to use a knife to lose then the edges of the bread from the pan after removing from the oven and then refrigerate the bread before removing it from the pan so the loaf doesn't fall apart.  This bread is a whole meal, so eat a big piece!!  I will be serving this on The Winter Wonderland Hocking Hills Yoga, Hiking & Food Adventure this year!

3 pears, peeled
6 Tbsp butter, softened
3/4 Cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 Cup guinness beer
1/4 Cup maple syrup
1/2 Cup sour cream
1 Cup white flour
2/4 Cup wheat or almond flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Slice off part of the bottom of each pear.  Poach pears.  Place pears in a strainer that fits in a large boiling pot.  Bring water to a boil, lower to a simmer and place strainer in pot.  Poach pears about 30 minutes and then cool.  Preheat oven.  Beat butter and brown sugar in a mixer until mixed.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Separately combine guinness, maple syrup and sour cream.  In another bowl combine flour, baking soda, powder and salt.  Add alternatively the guinness mixture and the flour mixture to the butter mixture.  Oil a bread pan.  Pour batter in bread pan.  Brush the bottom of each pear with a little flour and plunge each pear into the bread pan.  Bake for 50 minutes or until bread is cooked through.  Remove from the oven, cool and use a knife to loosen from the edges.  DO NOT REMOVE UNTIL COMPLETELY COOLED.  Place bread in the fridge to completely cool and gel.  Then you can remove the bread from the pan.  ENJOY!

Heather Poast