As Bosc pears ripen the texture is as soft as a ripe banana, so I got the idea of making my banana bread recipe with chunks of pear. I added a bit of homemade granola, instead of the toasted coconut I usually put in the banana bread. It is essentially the same recipe, but the result is completely and wonderfully different, with a sweet spice flavor. Note: The trick to this recipe is using the pears when they are very ripe. This means they are at their sweetest and will breakdown when baking.
Making the bread: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan with butter.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, granola, baking powder, sugar, salt, and spices.
Cream together the butter and brown sugar, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each one. Alternate adding the flour and milk, in 3 additions, mixing just to incorporate after each addition. Fold in the pears and nuts, if using.
Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake for about 1 hour 15 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.
Remove from pan and cool to room temperature.
Make the icing: In a small bowl combine all the ingredients until smooth.