Monday, January 24, 2011

Lemon Glazed Cardamom Pear Macadamia Mini Tea Breads

Before I left Germany for what would probably be a very extended stay in NYC, I was determined to clean out my speisekammer (pantry) and use up any items that would expire in my absence because nothing is worse and more wasteful than coming home to a big pantry funeral.

I had bookmarked this recipe ages ago and since I had pears, an open packet of powdered cardamom and some macadamias on hand, it was a no brainer.

This recipe is easy, requires no mixer and quick, just like the title of the book. I made mini loaves instead of one large one because well, just because they are cuter.

Using macadamia oil boosted the nutty flavor and mitigated the sweetness. These are a perfect pairing for afternoon tea.

Lemon Glazed Pear Macadamia Cardamom Mini Tea Breads
(Adapted from Lemon-Glazed Cardamom Pear Tea Bread from Quick Breads by Beatrice J. Ojakangas,Clarkson Potter Publishers, New York, 1990 p.28.)

For the Bread:


  • 1 cup pear puree (about 2 medium pears)
  • 1/2 cup macadmia oil
  • 1 egg  lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2+1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1/2 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Poire Williams (or any Pear liqueur)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 1 teaspoon butter, room temperature


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease 6 mini loaf pans or one large one.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cardamom.
  • In a separate smaller bowl, stir together the pear, macadamia oil, egg, zest and milk.
  • Fold the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined.
  • Stir in the macadamia nuts.
  • Pour into pans and bake about 30-40 minutes depending upon the size of your pans (50 minutes for one large loaf) or until a knife inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean.
  • Whisk together the ingredients for the glaze until smooth.
  • While the loaves are still warm, spread the glaze over the tops.
  • Wait until glaze has hardened a bit to cut and serve.


  1. Love the beautiful treat from your pantry funeral :) And who can make out that they are created in your pantry clean up process!The cute little tea breads look marvelous.

  2. Nothing but good things in this recipe!!! The pictures look absolutely delicious! All I need is this bread, a cup of tea, and a comfy chair!

  3. I have a weakness for anything with cardamom. Wonderful little cakes, bursting with flavour.

  4. Totally love tea breads!This looks so yummy!


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