Chocolate Walnut Cranberry Pear Tea Bread & A Tate’s Bake Shop #Giveaway! #TwelveLoaves

by Kate on October 18, 2012

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In recent months, I finally seem to be getting the hang of bread baking. After struggling in the past, I’m now finding it a joy to make bread. It’s wonderful once you start to feel more comfortable with something in the kitchen because it finally allows you to let your creativity start flowing. But there are still times when I yearn for the ease of a quick bread. This month seems to be getting away from me. I’m the perpetual preplanner. Honestly, by this time I’ve already baked everything I’ll be posting for the entire month and it’s just a matter of writing the posts to share them with you. This month is not going as planned.

This month has been a whirlwind of activity all about home improvement projects, working longer hours than normal and desperately trying to find time for some downtime. Sadly, that means I haven’t had the time I would like for baking and creating, writing and sharing. I do hope that this pace slows down soon but for now it’s full steam ahead at least until November. The things that are coming down the pike this month will keep me busy but in a very good way. In the meantime, I try to make the most of the time I have at home and in the kitchen. This bread is perfect when you want something a little sweet, quick and easy to make.

This moist chocolate bread is not overly sweet. It’s filled with the warm, nutty taste of chopped toasted walnuts paired with tart cranberries, sweet pears and just a handful of white chocolate chips making it perfect for this month’s Twelve Loaves challenge of using nuts, seeds or grains in a bread. Our hostesses each made lovely breads for us to feast our eyes on. Lora of Cake Duchess chose to use poppy seeds in her gorgeous braided challah ring with poppy seeds swirled inside and scattered over the top. Barb of Creative Culinary went the grain route with a very intriguing Quinoa and Date Bread. I can’t wait to give it a try. I love quinoa and I’ve never baked with it. Jamie of Life’s A Feast choose to use two different types of nuts making a Lemon Pecan Quick Bread with a Blueberry Swirl topped with almonds.

This month I was inspired by the new cookbook I was telling you about last week, Cooking for Friends from Kathleen King, owner of Tate’s Bake Shop. I also mention that Tate’s Bake Shop and KitchenAid are having a Bake-Off on their Facebook page! With a top prize of $1,000 and five additional winners receiving a KitchenAid stand mixer and a copy of Cooking for Friends, this is a contest I definitely want to be a part of. The challenge is to simply choose one of the five of recipes listed on the Tate’s Bake Shop Facebook page and put your own spin on it for your chance at these incredible prizes. I chose to adapt Kathleen’s Chocolate Pear Tea Bread which is a quick bread with pears and chocolate chunks. I decided to up the chocolate factor by actually making the loaf chocolate! If you like this Chocolate Walnut Cranberry Pear Tea Bread I would really appreciate your votes! Just CLICK HERE. Thanks!

Since you’re so kind I have a present for you! One lucky reader will win a Cookie and Bar Tower Courtesy of Tate’s Bake Shop. The boxes are assorted but typically include: three 7-oz boxes of cookies, one each of chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and white chocolate chip macadamia nut. Two rich, buttery raspberry bars, two chocolate chip and walnut loaded blondies, and two rich, dense and fudgy plain brownies round out this crowd pleaser. Each 7-oz box contains approximately 12 cookies, and bars measure 4″ x 2.75″ and all this deliciousness could be yours! Do you want in? Read on.

 

Here’s the scoop:

To Enter: {Mandatory Entry} Simply leave me a comment telling me, what is your favorite thing to bake? Is it bread, cake, cookies, cheesecake?

Optional Bonus Entries: Be sure to leave a separate comment for each of these that you complete since each individual item completed will be counted as an entry!

- “Like” Food Babbles on Facebook

- Head on over and vote for my Chocolate Walnut Cranberry Pear Tea Bread. Thank you!!

- Share this post on your Facebook timeline.

- Follow me on Pinterest and pin a picture from this post.

- Follow Food Babbles on Twitter

- Tweet the following: Enter to win a Cookie & Bar Tower from @TatesBakeShop via @KDBabbles http://wp.me/p2x6xO-1bN #giveaway

- Follow Food Babbles on Google+

Entries will be accepted until 9pm EST on October 22nd. Winner will be selected via random.org. The winner will be contacted by the email address provided and will have 24 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within that time frame, another winner will be selected via random.org. This giveaway is open to US residents only.

Good Luck!! And don’t forget you can also head on over to TatesBakeShop.com and enter the code: BAKEOFF to save $5 off an autographed copy of Baking for Friends!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

One Year Ago: Apple & Pear Pie with Gruyere Crust

Chocolate Walnut Cranberry Pear Tea Bread #TwelveLoaves

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 loaf or 4 mini-loaves

Chocolate Walnut Cranberry Pear Tea Bread #TwelveLoaves

A moist chocolate quick bread with toasted walnuts, tart cranberries, sweet pears and white chocolate chips.

Ingredients

  • Softened butter for the pan
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (I prefer Cacao Barry)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pears, diced
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (such as Craisins)
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter a 9-by-5-by3-inch loaf pan or 4 mini loaf pans. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar with a hand mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes on high speed.
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Mix in the applesauce and vanilla.
  6. With the mixer on low speed, gradually beat in the flour mixture, and mix just until smooth.
  7. Fold in the pears, walnuts, cranberries and white chocolate chips.
  8. Spread the batter in the prepared pan.
  9. Bake for about 1 hour or until a bamboo skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  10. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Invert the cake onto the rack and unmold. Remove the paper, turn the loaf right side up, and let cool completely.
  11. Enjoy!

Notes

http://foodbabbles.com/2012/10/chocolate-walnut-cranberry-pear-tea-bread/

*Disclosure: This giveaway is being provided by Tate’s Bake Shop. I was provided with a review copy of Baking for Friends. The opinions expressed here are my own.

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Jen @JuanitasCocina October 18, 2012 at 9:53 am

I love to bake cookies more than anything. They’re so quick and you get to enjoy them almost immediately!

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Kate October 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I agree! Love instant gratification ;) Thanks for entering! Good luck!

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Jen @JuanitasCocina October 18, 2012 at 9:54 am

I tweeted your giveaway!

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Jen @JuanitasCocina October 18, 2012 at 9:54 am

I follow you on Twitter!

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MaryB October 18, 2012 at 9:55 am

I love baking breads and cookies. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

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Kate October 18, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I’m with you there, Mary! I love baking both too. Thanks for entering! Good luck!

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Jen @JuanitasCocina October 18, 2012 at 9:57 am

I voted for you!

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MaryB October 18, 2012 at 9:57 am

I like Food Babbles on Facebook.

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MaryB October 18, 2012 at 9:59 am

I voted for you.

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom October 18, 2012 at 10:02 am

My fave thing to bake: chocolate chip cookies!!! :)

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Kate October 18, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Oh yes!! Nothing better than a chocolate chip cookie, warm from the oven. Thanks for entering! Good luck!

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom October 18, 2012 at 10:02 am

Already like you on FB :)

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom October 18, 2012 at 10:04 am

I just voted for you!

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom October 18, 2012 at 10:05 am

I shared the post on my FB timeline

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom October 18, 2012 at 10:06 am

Following you on Pinterest and Pinned!

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom October 18, 2012 at 10:07 am

I already follow you on Twitter and subscribe to your blog! :)

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom October 18, 2012 at 10:08 am

I tweeted the following: Enter to win a Cookie & Bar Tower from @TatesBakeShop via @KDBabbles http://wp.me/p2x6xO-1bN

You should add #giveaway to this. . that way, more people will see it when they search #giveaway

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Kate October 18, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Thanks so much for the tip! I will :) Great idea!

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Kel October 18, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I love attempting to make yeast breads.

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Kate October 18, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Now that I’m done screwing them up, I love making yeast breads also! Thanks for entering. Good luck!

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Jenna@LittleKitchenBigFlavors October 18, 2012 at 7:11 pm

I love baking any and everything but nothing beats a loaf of fresh bread!

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Kate October 18, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I agree! Now that I’m getting better at it, it’s honestly become my favorite thing to make in the kitchen. Thanks for entering and good luck!

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Jenna@LittleKitchenBigFlavors October 18, 2012 at 7:12 pm

I follow you on Twitter!

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Lora @cakeduchess October 18, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I know the days fly by and it’s sometimes so hard to squeeze in the hours it takes to put a post together. This is a gorgeous tea bread. Love all the flavors and it’s so perfect for fall. Great giveaway from Tate’s:)Thanks for baking with us again, Kate;)xx

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Kate October 18, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Thank you Lora! I adore Twelve Loaves so thank you for having me each month ;)

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Emily October 19, 2012 at 1:01 am

I like making bar cookies the best, less fiddly. The pecan chocolate ones from Fine Cooking are amazingly good and my absolute favorite to bake.

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Kate October 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Love bar cookies! And now I must go check out the pecan chocolate ones from Fine Cooking. Love that magazine too! Thanks for entering. Good luck!

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Emily October 19, 2012 at 1:02 am

I liked Food Babbles on Facebook

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Emily October 19, 2012 at 1:04 am

I voted for you

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Emily October 19, 2012 at 1:05 am

I followed you on twitter

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Emily October 19, 2012 at 1:06 am

I tweeted the giveaway

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Emily October 19, 2012 at 1:07 am

I followed you on G+

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Emily October 19, 2012 at 1:08 am

I followed and pinned

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Raymond October 19, 2012 at 6:39 am

I enjoy baking banana bread with super ripe bananas and walnuts! It’s perfect and filling for the family for breakfast.

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Kate October 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Such a great pick! I adore banana bread. So easy to make and so nice to have fresh, sweet bread in the house.

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Raymond October 19, 2012 at 6:40 am

I like Food Babbles on Facebook.

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Raymond October 19, 2012 at 6:41 am

Shared on my Facebook wall.

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Raymond October 19, 2012 at 6:43 am

Voted for your Chocolate Walnut Cranberry Pear Tea Bread! Thanks!

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Heather October 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm

While I do enjoy the smells of baking goods (butter and cinnamon!), I definitely prefer baking, smelling and eating bread.

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Kate October 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I am new to bread baking and it’s quickly become one of my favorite things to bake. Good luck!

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Heather October 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Following on Twitter (@squirrelbread).

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Heather October 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Tweeted the giveaway (@squirrelbread).

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Heather October 19, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Voted for your bread on the Bake-Off app.

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Heather October 19, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Following one of your boards and have repinned a photo from this post. (Heather)

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karen October 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I love to bake fresh fruit pies in the summer.
karenreichmann@hotmail.com

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Kate October 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm

I adore pies :) Thanks for entering! Good luck!

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Lisa October 19, 2012 at 11:37 pm

These cranberry tea breads are so adorable and festive! I don’t use FB…but I do follow you on Pinterest and Twitter :) Of course I will pin these gorgeous babies! You know..I’ve never had the pleasure of trying Tate’s ‘anything’, but I hear their bakery in the Hamptons is superb!

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Kate October 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Thanks Lisa! Good luck!!

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Lethea B October 20, 2012 at 1:02 am

I love to make cookies, bite-size goodness!

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Kate October 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Cookies certainly are ;) Thanks for entering and good luck!

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Lethea B October 20, 2012 at 1:05 am

Following you via pinterest & pinned the yummy bread!

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Lethea B October 20, 2012 at 1:08 am

Following you via twitter as Luvdaylilies

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Lethea B October 20, 2012 at 1:09 am
Georgiana October 20, 2012 at 9:43 am

Blueberry muffins are my favorite item to bake as I love blueberries!

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Kate October 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Oh yum! As you know, I’m a big fan of muffins and blueberry ones are awesome. Good luck and thanks for entering!

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Georgiana October 20, 2012 at 9:44 am

I voted!

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Georgiana October 20, 2012 at 9:45 am

Facebook fan of Food Babbles!

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Erin @ Making Memories October 20, 2012 at 12:55 pm

I love to bake cookies and brownies.

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Kate October 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Oh yes! Me too, me too :) Thanks for entering and good luck!

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Erin @ Making Memories October 20, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I follow Food Babbles on Twitter. @EMakingMemories

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Erin @ Making Memories October 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I follow you on FB (Erin F Dobias)

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Erin @ Making Memories October 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm
Meryl October 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I like baking everything as long as it’s chocolate!

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Louis October 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm

My favorite is cake.

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Renata October 21, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I love a chewy gooey oatmeal cranberry, raisin and chopped dates cookie with walnuts for a crunch! So yummy!

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Kate October 22, 2012 at 8:49 pm

I love it! I can almost taste the cookie. Thanks for entering! Good luck.

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Renata October 21, 2012 at 8:48 pm

I like you on Facebook!

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Renata October 21, 2012 at 8:48 pm

I voted too!

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Renata October 21, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Following on Twitter via @serene_streams!

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Renata October 21, 2012 at 9:07 pm
Lisa M October 21, 2012 at 11:54 pm

I love to bake bundt cakes… They look so pretty when they are done

Lisa M

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Kate October 22, 2012 at 8:50 pm

You and me both!! Thanks for entering and good luck.

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Lisa M October 21, 2012 at 11:59 pm

I pinned your giveaway

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Lisa M

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Lisa M October 22, 2012 at 12:00 am

I Like” Food Babbles on Facebook
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Lisa M October 22, 2012 at 12:00 am

I voted on Facebook
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Lisa M October 22, 2012 at 12:02 am
April @ Angel's Homestead October 22, 2012 at 8:00 am

My favorite thing to bake is bread.

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Kate October 22, 2012 at 8:50 pm

I agree! So good. Thanks for entering and good luck, April!

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April @ Angel's Homestead October 22, 2012 at 8:04 am
Heather October 22, 2012 at 8:23 am

I really enjoy baking bread but I don’t do it enough!

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Kate October 22, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I really love bread baking now that I’m over my fear of yeast ;) Thanks for entering and good luck!!

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Grace October 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I will go with brownies for my favorite thing to bake. Most recent was my pumpkin cream cheese swirl brownies. They are my favorite fall kind :)

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Kate October 22, 2012 at 8:52 pm

I’m a total brownie addict! You feel free to send some of those pumpkin cream cheese swirl brownies my way any time ;) They sounds SO good! Thanks for entering and good luck.

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Grace October 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I like and follow you on facebook :)

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Grace October 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I voted for you!

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Grace October 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I follow you on google+

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Grace October 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I am following you on pinterest and pinned!

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Grace October 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Shared your post on my timeline!

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RunInBoise October 22, 2012 at 2:26 pm

bread is the best thing in the world to bake. love my carbs!

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Kate October 22, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Oh yea! Music to my ears. ;) Thanks for entering and good luck!

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Jamie October 22, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Oy how did I miss this post for Twelve Loaves? I love these little loaves, adorable and tempting. And anything fruity and nutty is fabulous! These are perfect! And I love baking, love baking quick breads and cakes more than anything. If I only had loads of people around to eat what I baked I could bake more often! I am so happy you are baking with us at 12 Loaves!

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Kate October 22, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Thanks Jamie! And I hear ya… I have to give my food to everyone at work, my husband’s work or my mother-in-law’s work otherwise I would devour it all.

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Javelin Warrior October 26, 2012 at 12:02 am

This sound fantastic – love the inclusion of walnuts and white chocolate chips with the pear and chocolate. And the loaves baked up beautifully! I’m featuring this post as part of Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution) and thanks for making me drool!

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Kate October 26, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Thanks so much Javelin! Always flattered and appreciative when you feature my recipes.

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