Pear Streusel Coffee Cake #SundaySupper

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.

Pear Streusel Coffee Cake |#SundaySupper

Giving Comfort

Today’s Sunday Supper theme is very timely: 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. Today, we’re partnering with Gallo Family Vineyards to encourage you to look to those in need and offer comfort. I have tons of admiration for companies that give back to the community and that’s what Gallo is doing with their Every Cork Counts campaign.

Pear Streusel Coffee Cake |#SundaySupper

Every Cork Counts

Gallo has taken note of the numerous elderly folks who go to bed hungry in America, and has joined forces with Meals on Wheels to raise awareness along with funds to help with this deplorable situation. A couple years ago, when my dad was living two states away, he slowly stopped cooking for himself. He’d head out to breakfast at a chain restaurant , but besides some peanuts with the evening news, he wasn’t eating anything else of substance. My sisters and I would stock his freezer, but that seemed to be too much effort for him. We turned to Meals on Wheels to lend a hand…such a godsend.  Gallo is asking us all to collect their corks and to send them their way (physically via US mail or virtually by submitting a photo). They will then donate ONE DOLLAR per cork to Meals on Wheels! Isn’t that amazing? I’m thrilled to offer my support and will be saving and clicking photos of my Gallo Family Vineyards’ corks.

Pear Streusel Coffee Cake |#SundaySupper

On to the 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 coffee cake would be terrific as a  holiday gift or a gesture of kindness for a friend or someone in need. Since I hosted a morning event, I held back on serving wine, but this cake would make a mighty fine dessert as well. If offered after an evening meal, Gallo suggests several wine varietals that pair deliciously with sweets such as their Moscato, Pink Moscato or Red Moscato.

Today, though, I’m featuring two other outstanding wines, Gallo Family Vineyard’s Pinot Grigio and Cabernet Sauvignon. Pinot Grigio is what I tend to sip at a cocktail party. Gallo’s version is crisp with undertones of citrus, tart green apple and white peach. Dry and medium bodied it pairs well with fresh salads, rich seafood, grilled poultry as well as acidic foods such as lemon and tomatoes. Their Cab is also dry, but full bodied and pairs well with foods that are equally full flavored like roasted and grilled meats or game, strong cheeses and dark chocolate. You will discern subtle flavors of blackberry, black currant and a just a hint of oak. Make sure you check out Gallo’s Wine Pairing page to help you find the perfect wine for your holiday meals. It’s a marvelous resource that I use frequently.

Pear Streusel Coffee Cake


  • 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


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


  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 toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.Cool on rack then remove sides of springform pan to serve.

Yield: 18 servings

    Total time: 1½ hours plus cooling time

      Adapted from The Inn on Sea Street recipe


        Nutrition Facts
        Serving Size
        Amount Per Serving As Served
        Calories 4811kcal Calories from fat 2266
        % Daily Value
        Total Fat 252g 388%
        Saturated Fat 22g 110%
        Transfat 1g
        Cholesterol 170mg 57%
        Sodium 3409mg 142%
        Carbohydrate 605g 202%
        Dietary Fiber 29g 116%
        Sugars 335g
        Protein 57g

        Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

        Calories 2000
        Total Fat Less than 65g
        Sat Fat Less than 25g
        Cholesterol Less than 300mg
        Sodium Less than 2,400mg
        Total Carbohydrate 300g
        Dietary Fiber 25g
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        More Resources from Our Lovely Sponsor: Gallo Family Vineyards

        Find more information on Gallo Family Vineyards wines here. There you will find descriptions of all their wines and food pairings…an excellent resource for all your wine needs.

        Today, I featured two of Gallo Family Vineyard’s wonderful varietals, their Pinot Grigio and Cabernet Sauvignon.

        A handy store locator is here.

        Make sure to take advantage of this GFV $1 off digital coupon!

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        And don’t forget to check out GFV’s Every Cork Counts campaign. Please save all your Gallo corks to help those in need.

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        Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.


        1. 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 🙁 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.

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

          Gourmet Getaways xx

        3. 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.

        4. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

          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:@)

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

        6. My streusel loving heart just went pitter patter.

        7. 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 🙂

        8. 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.

        9. 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.

        10. 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!

        11. I love that you made this for your community volunteers! Who wouldn’t love it, Liz?! I need to follow you and make this for a good crowd 🙂

        12. This cake is gorgeous and is even more that you made this for your community volunteers !!

        13. This is a wonderful campaign, and I am very glad to know about it. Our family too has had loved ones who stayed much healthier due to Meals on Wheels, so I am grateful to hear about Gallo’s generous donation. And this coffee cake is the kind of thing that I just adore – great recipe!

        14. Wow! Your streusel cake looks amazing! I love wine too, so I really enjoyed your post!:)
          Have a great day, Liz:)

        15. Oh man…I love that I can eat this for breakfast OR dessert. I definitely would want a few slices!!!

        16. This cake looks so good. It is difficult to find pear cakes. This one looks easy and delicious and perfect for Fall. the wine pairing is a great idea.

        17. Delicious. We do need to remember others this time of year. It’s easier during the holidays but we need to keep the reason for the season throughout the year.

        18. Holy Yum! Your coffee cake looks amazing and I just want to spoon off that topping. I love it!

        19. Forget #SundaySupper — I need these with my morning coffee! Just gorgeous, Liz!

        20. Liz, I have a go-to gluten-free coffee cake that I think would pair so well with your pear and ginger flavors. I have to try it! And it is so funny what kids are thankful for, but as long as we get them to think about it, that’s all that matters.

        21. I love learning about this Gallo campaign and it always feels good to give back to community. This coffee cake won my heart! I really adore the presentation and the crunchy pecan topping is to die for.

        22. Meals on wheels does such great work – it really is a lifeline for people who aren’t able to prepare their own meals.
          And I’m nor surprised there were nothing but crumbs left of this coffee cake! If I’d seen it on a plate, I would have asked for the recipe too.

        23. I looooove streusel cake, that topping is my favorite part!

        24. This cake is absolutely stunning. I’m digging pears right now.

        25. Amazingly Pearfully Delish.
          Liz, you can do ANYTHING)))!!! xxx

        26. I think you must be the busiest baker and cook!! Love to see your kitchen – bet it is gorgeous. Mine is needing updating…too busy to do anything about it for another couple of years at least. 🙂 I can barely keep up with you and your prolific, wonderful posts, Liz. This is beautiful as per usual.

        27. Oh, wow! Love the sight of this cake. I am sure it tasted heavenly.

        28. Streusel is my ultimate comfort food. Top it with streusel and I’ll devour it every time. I love that used pears in this. Madison made a pear pie last year that has become our favorite by far. We love it more than apple! Hard to believe, but true. I need to make this coffee cake for breakfast! Looks fantastic, Liz!

        29. Lizzy,
          Your coffee cake looks delicious. I love moscato wine and use it in my Italian Wine Cookies.

        30. Oh my goodness, so chock full of wholesome yumminess, Liz. Perfect celebration of the pear! Bravo to Gallo, too, for supporting Meals on Wheels….P.s. Love your young son’s thankfulness for ham =) Tee hee.

        31. I have never tried this combination before. This is such a perfect afternoon tea cake treat. Bookmarking it, so that when I have more time to bake snacks for tea, this will be in my list :). Have a wonderful week ahead! Cheers, Jo

        32. This reminds me of a recipe that my grandma used to make, but I never actually got her recipe. I can’t wait to give this a try…looks delicious!

        33. Jessica @ Sweet Menu says:

          Oh wow! Anything with streusel topping has my attention – love this gorgeous cake!

        34. What a scrumptious looking coffee cake, love that streusel!

        35. Perfect coffee cake for the autumn evening..with a nice cup of tea 🙂

        36. I don’t bake with pears often enough. I would LOVE this coffee cake. I love cake with fruit and I love pears – win!

        37. A perfect for fall pear dessert! Yum!

        38. Absolutely gorgeous! Wish I had a slice right now! I just love the strusel!

        39. Hi Liz,
          Pear AND streusel??? Making this today or tomorrow…what kind of pears did you use? Would any work? I love Comice, but not sure if they’d get too mushy.


        40. I’m thankful for YOU and this wonderful recipe! And I’ll write that on a maple leaf for the tree!

        41. Delicious cake!!
          I looooooove coffee cakes, and actually I don’t remember myself making one with pears.

        42. I can’t wait to make this! Perfect for a wintery day.

        43. I need to try this wine!! The Gallo pairings seem right on!!

        44. Of course, I am wondering what Tom is doing now…Father Tom???

          Thank you for sharing your very personal and heatwarming story about how Meals on Wheels helped your Dad. That had to be a God send to you and your family.

          Love this cake, too. Thank goodness your friends prodded you enough to SHARE the recipe!!

        45. Hotly Spiced says:

          I love how your son said ‘ham’. Clearly he’s not Jewish! I love the idea of thanksgiving and only wish we celebrated it here. I do love the concept behind that mission – it’s always good to help those less fortunate than ourselves. That’s a great looking dessert with a wonderful topping xx

        46. What a rainy day coffee cake, delicious recipe! 😀

          Choc Chip Uru

        47. What a wonderful cause to support! Beautiful post, Liz. Your coffee cake looks delicious and I bet would be perfect as an addition to Thanksgiving dessert.

        48. Hey, I mean, I’m grateful for ham, too 🙂 Without it, my sandwich today for lunch would just be bread and mustard. hahaha. Great looking coffee cake, Liz!

        49. This cake looks amazing! I love the crumbly topping.

        50. Lovely sentiment. And this cake is so totally up my alley! 🙂

        51. This is my kind of dessert – so awesome!

        52. I have a bit of an obsession with your streusel coffee cake.

        53. Lis, this is gorgeous! It’s making me wish I had a cup of coffee and a slice beside me right now!

        54. Lovely coffeecake, Liz. I imagine it would make a beautiful dessert as well.

        55. I’ve been saving wine corks for a few years hoping to do something with them. Thanks to this post I now know what to do. I’m thrilled to be able to contribute to this worthy cause. Thank you Liz for this info and the yummy recipe.


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