Pear Gingerbread

3 large eggs

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup molasses

2/3 cup canola oil

2/3 cup applesauce

2 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon ginger

½ teaspoon cloves

¼ teaspoon cardamom

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 1/3 cup fine diced pear

½ cup fine diced crystallized (candied) ginger

Preheat the oven to 350.  Grease and flour two 9 x 5 inch loaf pans.

In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, molasses, oil, and applesauce.  In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the baking soda and next eight ingredients (through whole wheat flour).  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring just until there are no dry patches.  Fold in the pear and ginger.

Divide the batter between the two loaf pans.  Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.

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