Cinnamon Pear Twist Bread – #TwelveLoaves

by Kate on November 21, 2012

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the states! The time has just gotten away from me. I am wildly unprepared although, I think I am going to make a Butternut Squash Tarte Tatin. (So good!!) I was so busy planning both Maddy and Molly’s birthday parties up until last weekend that I didn’t even have a second to think about Thanksgiving, then all of a sudden it was here! I’m really looking forward to it. I love spending the day relaxing and enjoying my family. We start our day at Mike’s parents house and then head on over to my dad’s house in the afternoon. Our Thanksgiving morning and afternoon are polar opposites except for the fact that we’re all enjoying one another’s company.

At Mike’s parents house is a small, intimate day of relaxation and catching up. Total there are usually just 8 of us and it’s such a special day. I love as we all gather in the kitchen helping Mike’s mother make the meal then we all collapse in the living room afterward to digest and discuss how we stuffed ourselves silly. After we recuperate from round 1, then it’s on to my father’s house where we are greeting by about 50-60 family members.

Each year it’s getting bigger and bigger as we all have more children. Our family is gigantic!! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it is the one time per year where my entire family gathers together. For Christmas we all tend to do our own thing so Thanksgiving is a big deal for my family. This year I’m especially looking forward to it since I missed out on it last year since Molly had just been born. So I really can’t wait!

As I was saying, I am unprepared for Thanksgiving and didn’t give it nearly as much thought as I normally would have due to birthday festivities. I am working this afternoon so that means my procrastinating self will be having a baking bonanza in my kitchen tomorrow as I prepare something sweet and wonderful for both houses. I better put my thinking cap on! Like I said, unprepared. In the meantime, I need to tell you about this bread.

This month for Twelve Loaves, the challenge was to incorporate either apples or pears into a bread. Our hostesses started us out on the right foot. Lora made a lovely Apple Bread Ring that I know I’m going to make for sure. It looks too gorgeous not to. Barb made an Upside Down Pear Crunch Coffee Cake that I will be serving for brunch the first chance I get! It made my mouth water the moment I laid eyes on it.

For my submission this month, I made this Cinnamon Pear Twist Bread which is so tender and tasty. The neat thing about it is because of the way it’s twisted, you actually end up with filling both inside and outside! It also ends up looking really pretty because of that. This soft bread is filled with fresh pears kissed with cinnamon and ginger. Oh and remember that cinnamon glaze I made not too long ago? Everyone liked that so much I thought it would be the perfect glaze to top off this slightly sweet bread.

I sent this to work with Mike and all the firefighters devoured it in mere minutes. This twisted cinnamon pear bread is a loaf that will surely grace our table again and would be the perfect addition to a Thanksgiving brunch. I adapted this recipe from a King Arthur Flour recipe. I absolutely love their site! I’m like a kid in a candy store when I’m on there, between the ingredients and baking tools I can buy, not to mention the incredible recipes such as this one. Guess what? They gave me FREE shipping for one day only and told me that I could pass those savings on to you too! Tomorrow, until midnight you can have free shipping on all sorts of goodies on your $60 order. Just click below and you’re all set!

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I am so thankful to be able to spend my day with my family. I’m thankful that my little brother Doug is alive to enjoy this day. I have so many good things to be thankful for and I fully intend to celebrate that tomorrow and every day. I hope that you all enjoy your family and friends on this special holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!



I also submitted this bread to YeastSpotting.

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Cinnamon Pear Twist Bread

5 hours

Yield: 2 Loaves

Cinnamon Pear Twist Bread

Tender sweet bread filled with fresh pears kissed with cinnamon and ginger. This bread gets twisted so you get filling both inside and out.


    For Dough
  • 3 1/4 cups (13-13 3/4 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (1 1/2 ounces) potato flour
  • 3 tablespoons (1 1/4 ounces) sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) milk
  • For Filling
  • 1/2 cup (3 3/4 ounces) sugar
  • 3 tablespoons (3/4 ounce) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 large pears, peeled and grated
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • For Glaze
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Thoroughly mix all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl, making sure to evenly distribute the potato flour throughout the dry ingredients. Add the butter, vanilla, egg and milk. Mix until a shaggy dough forms. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes.
  2. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes. The dough will be sticky and soft. If the dough feels too dry, add a tablespoon or two of water. Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover the bowl, and let the dough rise about 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until doubled in size.
  3. Make the filling:
  4. Whisk together the sugar, flour and cinnamon.
  5. Toss the grated pears with the lemon juice, then add that to the flour and sugar mixture. Mix well, and set aside.
  6. To Assemble:
  7. Gently deflate the risen dough. Turn it out onto a lightly greased work surface. Fold it over once or twice, pressing gently to remove any excess gas. Divide the dough in half. Roll the first half into a 10 x 12-inch rectangle. Spread half the filling over the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch margin along all sides.
  8. Roll the dough into a log, starting from a long side, then seal the edge. Cut the logs in half lengthwise with a sharp knife and place them, filled side up, side by side on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  9. Keeping the filling side up, start from the center and then twist the two logs together. Pinch the ends together. Repeat with the second piece of dough.
  10. Allow the loves to rise for 1 to 2 hours, covered lightly.
  11. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake loaves for 30 to 35 minutes, until they’re lightly browned. Check the loaves after 20 minutes to be sure the loaves aren't browning too quickly. If necessary, tent with aluminum foil. When done, remove the bread from the oven and allow it to cool approximately 1 hour.
  12. Mix together all of the glaze ingredients and drizzle it over the loaves once they’re cool.
  13. Enjoy!


Time is largely inactive. Active time approximately 40 minutes.

Adapted from King Arthur Flour

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Liz November 21, 2012 at 10:02 am

What a nice change from apples and cinnamon. I definitely have to try pears since we all love them in my house! Thanks for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving!


Kate November 22, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Thank you Liz! This really was such a nice loaf of bread. The pear cinnamon filling was wonderful and we all loved that you had filling inside and out. Happy Thanksgiving!


Holly November 21, 2012 at 10:48 am

This is beautiful! I can believe that it was eaten in an instant when you sent it to work and the firefighters enjoyed it! This would be so nice for a Thanksgiving brunch too. Glad to hear your brother is recovering. All the best to your family.


Kate November 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm

This would definitely make a nice bread for a brunch! I had that in mind myself as well 😉 Thanks for the well wishes!


Mary Kay November 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm

This sounds amazing, my mouth is watering! I may give this a try over the weekend.


Kate November 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Hope you like it Mary Kay! If you make it, please let me know what you thought. I feel like this is the best loaf of bread I’ve made so far. We all really enjoyed it!


Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips November 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Kate, this looks amazing! I love your beautiful, contrasting traditions! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Kate November 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Thanks Brianne! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. Hope you’re feeling better today.


cakewhiz November 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm

no wonder this bread was gone in minutes. it looks wonderful… fruity with a hint of cinnamon! 🙂


Kate November 22, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Thank you! I appreciate that 🙂


Lora @cakeduchess November 23, 2012 at 11:13 am

Beautifully done again, Kate. I love that you used pears and that glaze looks so pretty. I can’t wait to bake this. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and thanks for baking again with us. I just love your breads.xx


Kate November 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Thank you Lora! Hope you enjoy it if you do bake it. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Loved baking with all of you again.


Barbara | Creative Culinary November 24, 2012 at 10:30 am

How the heck did I miss this? Let’s just blame it on the computer(s) OK.
Both of them in one week so no surprise I’m a bit late to this post but glad I’m here now. This looks fabulous Kate…I’ve not had breakfast yet and I just know nothing I eat is going to handle this craving I now have. YUM!


Kate November 26, 2012 at 11:13 am

Thank you Barb! I’m glad you like this bread. I honestly think this may be my favorite bread to date! I want to make it again already.


Laura Dembowski November 24, 2012 at 11:59 am

I would love to wake up to a slice of this for breakfast. It reminds me of the coffee cakes my granny and I used to eat in the morning. I bet it tastes a lot better though.


Kate November 26, 2012 at 11:14 am

Thanks Laura! This is most definitely an incredible loaf of bread to wake up to. I’m so glad you like it.


sandra November 26, 2012 at 11:37 am

Bellissimo il tuo blog e fantastico questo pane, lo voglio provare !!! Complimenti !!!!


Kate November 26, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Thank you Sandra!


Jamie November 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Fabulous!!! So gorgeous and I love the flavors… and that crumb looks perfect! I am making this (maybe even for 12 Loaves!!). Stunning!


Kate November 28, 2012 at 11:16 am

Thank you Jamie! I really appreciate it and I hope that you enjoy it as much as we did.


Lisa November 27, 2012 at 6:15 am

I can’t even begin to tell you how incredible this bread looks. I opened your site..said ‘Mmmm..yummy muffins” THEN saw this as I looked down and ‘foodie’ euphoria took over 😉 Not only is it gorgeous, but I know it’s delicious! Definitely a keeper! xo


Kate November 28, 2012 at 11:23 am

Thank you Lisa! I truly feel like this is the best bread I’ve made in my short bread-baking career 😉 It’s amazing! So glad you like it.


Patti March 17, 2014 at 8:49 am

Pinned AND Stumbled. Looks divine.


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