Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 11th October 2013
I’m sorry for being so tardy in sharing this Pear and Walnut Bread but unfortunately my mom suffered a stroke a few days after my nephew’s wedding. It’s come as a complete shock because mom has always been so healthy.
She’s still in the critical care department because she’s not been able to breathe without the assistance of a machine but we’re really hopeful that she’ll be off the machine within the next couple of days. We’re not certain as to how much damage has been done because she hasn’t been able to speak because of the breathing tube.
My biggest fear is that she won’t remember who we are. I haven’t stopped praying since this nightmare began. My mom is the strongest woman I know and I think with time she’ll make a full recovery but the waiting has been unbearable, I just want to hear her voice.
My mom is one of those people that have a memory like an elephant; she can describe an event from twenty years ago as if it took place yesterday. I hope in time she’ll be able to continue sharing all her stories.
Initially she was taken to Victoria Hospital but has since been moved to University Hospital. The teams of nurses and doctors have been providing the best care and they’ve been amazing with us. We are a large family and I’m sure it’s not easy for the team when there’s a never-ending parade of family members coming in and out to visit and calling for updates.
They’ve been very patient and most supportive. They’ve allowed us to spend a great deal of time with mom for which we are extremely grateful.
I’m not sure how active I’m going to be over the next few months because my main priority is my mom and her recovery; it’s been very difficult to think of anything else. I am praying that when I go to the hospital today I’ll see mom free of tubes, which will mean the doctors can assess the damage that’s been done and we can begin to help mom through the recovery process.
Pear and Walnut Bread
A classic combination of pears and walnuts in a moist quick bread.
Makes 1 25-cm (10-inch) cake
Recipe category: Quick Breads
- 120g (1 cup) walnut pieces
- 375 g (3 cups) plain (all-purpose) flour, divided
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon Vietnamese cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
- 170 g (¾ cup) unsalted butter, soft but cold
- 450 g (2 cups) caster sugar
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten with a fork
- 453 g (2 cups) pears, fresh and ripe, grated (grate just before use to prevent browning)
- Seeds from 1 vanilla bean or 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Confectioners’ sugar, to dust
- Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F). Grease 10-cup tube pan with vegetable cooking spray. Dust with flour tapping out any excess. Place walnut pieces on rimmed baking sheet. Roast until fragrant, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Let stand until cooled completely. Transfer to small bowl, add 2 heaping tablespoons of flour and stir to combine well.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the remainder of the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg until combined well.
- In large bowl, using wooden spoon, stir together butter and sugar until well combined. Add the lightly beaten eggs and vanilla seeds (or extract) and stir until well blended. Add the pears and stir to combine.
- Pour the butter mixture into the flour mixture and stir together until just combined and mixture is evenly moistened. Add the walnut mixture and again, stir together until just combined.
- Transfer mixture to prepared tube pan and using small offset spatula, level the surface. Bake, rotating pan halfway through baking time, until golden and cake tester inserted in centre of bread comes out clean, 60 to 70 minutes.
- Remove from oven and transfer to wire rack. Let stand in the pan, 10 minutes. Invert from pan and let stand, top side up, until cooled completely.
- To serve, dust with confectioners’ sugar.
- Buon Appetito!
Recipe published on by Grace Massa Langlois for Grace’s Sweet Life
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