2 to 3 fresh pears
1⁄2 cup salad oil
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1⁄4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Peel, halve and core the pears; chop to yield 1 cup fruit. Beat the oil and sugar together in a large bowl or electric mixer. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then add the sour cream and vanilla.

Sift together the flour, salt, soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add to sugar mixture and continue to beat until well-blended. Add the walnuts and pears, mixing well with large spoon.

Spoon batter into a well-greased, 5-by-9-inch loaf pan. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let loaf cool in pan for 10 to 15 minutes; turn out to finish cooling on rack.

Slice thin and spread with softened butter or cream cheese.

Makes 1 loaf, about 12 servings.