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Pear Streusel Coffee Cake

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This Pear Streusel Coffee Cake is chock full of fruit and finished off with a crunchy pecan topping. Perfect while pears are ripe, sweet and juicy.

Slice of Pear Streusel Coffee Cake on a square white plate with a pear half

Pear Streusel Coffee Cake: A Winning Recipe

About 35 volunteers for our local Decorators’ Show House gathered at my house at the end of October. These were all hardworking ladies that truly know how to give back to the community. I served up this pear streusel coffee cake and there was nothing but crumbs left on the platter, and there were tons of recipe requests. Moist with an abundance of pears, each bite tantalized the taste buds with fruit and warm spices of cinnamon and ginger.

This Pear Streusel Coffee Cake would be terrific as a  holiday gift or a gesture of kindness for a friend or someone in need.

Pear Streusel Coffee Cake on a white platter with fresh pears

Giving Comfort

As Thanksgiving approaches, our family focuses on gratitude and helping those in need. In elementary school, my children attached a construction paper leaf to the tree in the cafeteria stating what they were thankful for.

Nick most likely wrote “ham” on his leaf one year, one of his childhood obsessions. Tom was probably more politically correct and scrawled “God” or “family” on his oak or maple shaped cut out. His first-grade teacher predicted he’d grow up to be a priest. Katie certainly mentioned puppies and kittens.

My gratitude has always focused on my dear family, friends and the laughter that fills my day. But this time of year also brings the need to give comfort to others, those less fortunate due to illness, loss of work or even the side effects of aging including immobility and depression.

Pear Streusel Coffee Cake viewed from above on a white serving dish with small fresh pears

 

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The Recipe: Pear Streusel Coffee Cake

A streusel topped coffee cake filled with chopped pears

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield 18 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 slightly beaten egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups chopped ripe,peeled and cored pears

Topping

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease 10-inch diameter springform pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugars, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and oil. Set aside 1 cup of mixture for topping.
  3. Fold in the chopped pears to the remaining mixture. Stir in the egg, vanilla, buttermilk, baking soda, and baking powder. Scrape batter into prepared pan.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together the reserved crumbs and the chopped pecans. Sprinkle over top of coffee cake.
  5. Bake for one hour or till a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack then remove sides of the springform pan to serve.

Notes

Adapted from The Inn on Sea Street recipe

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18

Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 248mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 21gProtein: 3g

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63 comments on “Pear Streusel Coffee Cake”

  1. Liz!!! This cake is gorgeous!!! love learning about this Every Cork counts campaign by Gallo. . I love it when companies and brands actually do something and give back!!! Definitely helping to promote this one today! love this!

  2. Odd as it may sound, I have never baked with pear. Your recipe looks perfect to begin with and I am tempted to bake it right away. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This coffee cake certainly looks comforting. This time of year always makes me slow down and realize everything I have and why I am so lucky in this world.

  4. This is a beautiful cake…. I don’t drink wine, but I can see how it pairs well with wine. My hubby is the wine connoisseur in the family… his favorite is Cabernet Sauvignon ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. My streusel loving heart just went pitter patter.

  6. So fruity, buttery and nutty! I would love a slice for my afternoon tea, Liz.

  7. While I do enjoy all sweets… I’m most drawn to these types of coffee cakes. I think it’s because they were what G-Mom-B would make most often using up fruit she had on-hand. This sounds like a great cake Liz!
    PS-I’m thankful for ham too:@)

  8. Not that I need an excuse to drink wine, but will have to open a few extras this upcoming holiday. That coffee cake looks fabulous. Sounds like you and your friends had a blast. Hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    -Gina-

  9. A slice of yummy crumby, “peary” and “pecany” cake for me, please! Er…can I take the whole cake instead?!!

    Gourmet Getaways xx

  10. What a great cause this is!!!I remember my grandpa was not able to remember anything due to Alzheimer’s disease so he was not able to even make a cup of hot tea ๐Ÿ™ May he RIP. Now for your recipe, looks so great and moist, I’m thinking of making this in a Thanksgiving gathering here. Will sure let you know, thanks for sharing.

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