Pear Streusel Coffee Cake
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: 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.
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.
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Pear Streusel Coffee Cake
A streusel topped coffee cake filled with chopped pears
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350º. Grease 10-inch diameter springform pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugars, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and oil. Set aside 1 cup of mixture for topping.
- 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.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the reserved crumbs and the chopped pecans. Sprinkle over top of coffee cake.
- 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.
Adapted from The Inn on Sea Street recipe
Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 248mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 21gProtein: 3g
67 Comments on “Pear Streusel Coffee Cake”
Hi Liz: So happy to see your site. I love to bake and I’m always looking for NEW recipes.Tell me plz.if you know of a spice to use instead of cinnamon in struzzel coffee cake? I have someone that cinnamon hurts, but loves coffee cakes.
Hi, Nancy! So glad you found my blog. That’s a tough one—but I think I’d double the ginger and add a bit of nutmeg, 1/4-1/2 teaspoon. Hope that helps!!!
What do you think about using cardamom in place of the cinnamon?
Alisha, I’ve only used cardamom in small amounts along with other spices, but it’s yummy with pears so it should work well. I’d probably take the cautious route and use part cinnamon and part cardamom, but that’s because it isn’t something I regularly use 🙂 Please report back on how it works!
I made this last weekend and it only lasted a couple days. It was so tasty. Hubby asked me to make it again this weekend but we don’t have anymore pears on hand so I substituted them for apples. It was still heavenly!
The only change I had to make was not having a springform pan handy so I used a 9×13 glass dish. I will absolutely be making this again.
YUM! I love the idea of using apples, too! Thanks so much for reporting back, Kate. I’m so delighted you and your husband enjoyed it!!
I made this yesterday for my husband’s birthday cake. He loves pears and anything’s streuesal. It was a hit. It is delicious, light, moist, not to dense n it is crispy on the outside. I didn’t use nuts, as my kids aren’t fans of nuts. I used oats instead.
I’m so glad you enjoyed it! What a great idea for a birthday cake. Thanks for taking the time to let me know, Cheryl 🙂
Simply delicious!!!! Made this for the holidays ????
Very easy to follow. 4 stars!!!
Oh, I’m so glad, Denise! Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know. Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!
If I could give this 10 stars, I would! This came out unbelievably good! Rave reviews for our day after Christmas celebration with the in-laws! I highly recommend!
Hooray! So glad it was such a big hit! Thanks for taking the time to report back, Mary.
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.
Lovely coffeecake, Liz. I imagine it would make a beautiful dessert as well.
Lis, this is gorgeous! It’s making me wish I had a cup of coffee and a slice beside me right now!
I have a bit of an obsession with your streusel coffee cake.
This is my kind of dessert – so awesome!
Lovely sentiment. And this cake is so totally up my alley! 🙂
This cake looks amazing! I love the crumbly topping.
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!
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.
What a rainy day coffee cake, delicious recipe! 😀
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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
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!!
I need to try this wine!! The Gallo pairings seem right on!!
I can’t wait to make this! Perfect for a wintery day.
I looooooove coffee cakes, and actually I don’t remember myself making one with pears.