I am always looking for new bread recipes so when I saw this on the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog the other day, I had to try it.
But first, look what I scored over the weekend. Let the decorating begin!
For the bread, begin by cubing 3 C. of ripe pears and put them in a heavy pot with 1 C. water and 1/3 C. sugar. Cook them until the sugar dissolves and the pears soften. Strain the syrup from the pears and let both of them cool.
In the bowl of your mixer, mix 4 beaten eggs with 1/2 C. softened butter, 1/2 C. honey, 2 tsp. salt, 3 tablespoons of rapid rise yeast and 1 tsp. almond extract. Add the cooled pears.
Mix in the pear syrup. You should have 1-1/2 C.. If you have less, add a bit of water to measure 1-1/2 C..
Gradually add 9-10 C. of flour and kneed until it forms a smooth ball of dough. Place it in a buttered bowl, cover and let it rise for about 1-1/2 hours or until doubled.
After it has risen, divide it into 3 equal pieces. Roll each piece out to an 8 X 15 rectangle. Brush with some melted butter.
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. You can make some by mixing 3/4 C. sugar with 1 T. cinnamon.
Roll it up and place it in a buttered bread pan. Cover the pans and let rise until the dough crests the top of the pans.
Bake them in a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes or to an internal temperature of 190 degrees.
Cover them with foil part way through baking if they get too dark.
This is a wonderful bread. I will be trying it with peaches and apples too.