Having a slice of this upside down apple and pear loaf is like having a delicious slice of fall!
The apples and pears caramelize by baking on the bottom of the loaf pan with a caramel sauce, and then being flipped over when cooled, and all the warming spices combine to make this one of the best loaf recipes I have ever made and had!
Ok, that last sentence, I’m not sure if it really conveys what I was trying to say: basically there’s this awesome almost crunchy caramel-sugar layer that forms because this loaf is bake upside down, it’s really good!! It’s also not a dry loaf because pieces of apple and pear are cooked into the batter, so it has subtle fruit flavors throughout!
Are you a ‘loaf’ person? I didn’t used to be, but a few years ago my sisters were raving about a pumpkin loaf which I recreated, and absolutely fell in love with loaves after that. Now, every time I see them at a coffee shop, I get a slice because I love trying different flavors!
I made this upside down apple and pear loaf for the first time when we went to a housewarming party, and I got a sweet text from the host (Nick’s cousin and his new wife who is a total sweetheart) saying that it had been devoured and there were only mere crumbs left and another text asking for the recipe from guests. I’d count that as a huge success.
This coming weekend we’re having Ben’s baptism and having family and friends stay over, so I’m definitely making this loaf to have for either breakfast along side a nice cup of coffee, or for dessert.
I love that one can have a loaf for breakfast or dessert, so versatile! My old loaf pan I had was literally rusted through – how does that even happen? – so I just got this loaf pan on Amazon and have been loving it! What I love about this upside down apple and pear loaf is that you can slice it and cut each slice in half or into thirds, so it’s a really great party recipe, hope you enjoy.