Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Food Friday: Pear Brownies

I know it's not Friday yet.  I wanted to post this simple recipe in case you need any last minute desserts for Thanksgiving.  These aren't really brownies or blondies, but what else do I call gooey bars of delicious?

On to the recipe (you can skip down to the bottom for the written or grab the printable here).

What you need:  flour, sugar, vegetable oil, cinnamon, vanilla, eggs, salt, baking powder, and a large pear

3 eggs in a bowl

Whisk the sugar and eggs together until light and fluffy (sort of custardy)

Add the vanilla and the oil

Cinnamon is one of my favorite spices.  Add a heaping teaspoon of that (or more if you are me).

I love the way stuff looks when it's being mixed together!

Sift in 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, and 2 cups of flour

Mix it all up

Gently fold in the pears (or apples)

Spread in a 9x13 pan (the yellow on mine is that baking spray stuff.  Pam maybe?  I didn't really need it for this pyrex pan, but I wasn't taking any chances.)
After about 40 minutes, you get this delicious gooey hunk of amazing with a creme brulee-esque top.  I ate mine with some greek yogurt because I like that sweet/tart flavor combo.
The entire pan disappeared before I could take photos the first time I made these brownies.  This is my second go at them.

I was so tempted to grind some of this cinnamon sugar on top of my yogurt.  I thought it might be overkill, but now I wish I had.  That yogurt looks so plain next to the brownies.

Have a recipe. (Link opens printable recipe in a new window)

Pear Brownies
3 eggs
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup vegetable oil (increase to 1 cup if using apples)
1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups all-purpose flour 
2 cups diced pears (or apples)

Heat oven to 350­°.  Whisk eggs and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla and vegetable oil.  Stir in cinnamon.  Sift salt, baking powder, and flour into the wet ingredients and stir to combine.  Gently fold in pears (or apples).  Bake for 35-45 minutes in a 9x13 baking dish.  If using aluminum, grease the pan.


  1. Is this the one you sent me? I think it is.....need to try it.....

    1. It is! I lowered the oil this time because of the pears and I think the brownies are perfect!

    2. Perhaps this will be a weekend project....I'm not planning to leave the house for a few days (except maybe to take the boys to the park).