Quick Pear Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe

Pear cake with ice cream
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  • 50 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: 8-inch Coffee Cake (10 servings)
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This recipe for quick pear coffee cake is from "Gale Gand's Brunch!" by Gale Gand with Christie Matheson (Clarkson Potter/Publisher, 2009).

Gand says she adapted this recipe from one in her grandma Elsie's recipe box. Grandma Elsie, a Hungarian baker extraordinaire, used apples, but Gand puts a new twist on it by using pears.

What You'll Need

  • Cake:
  • 1 1/4 cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 large egg (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter (unsalted, melted)
  • 2 pears (Bartlett, ripe, unpeeled, cored, and chopped)
  • Streusel Topping:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour (all-purpose)
  • 3 tablespoons butter (unsalted, cold, cut up)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

How to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan.
     
  2. To make the cake: In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
     
  3. In a separate bowl, mix egg, milk and melted butter until well combined. Pour into dry ingredients, add the pears and mix well. Pour into prepared pan.
     
  4. To make the streusel: In a small bowl, mix sugar and flour and cut in butter with your fingers until crumbs form. Sprinkle over top of batter in pan.
     
  1. Bake 30 to 35 minutes until golden and dry on top. Cool in pan and cut into 8 squares. This cake keeps for up to 4 days, covered at room temperature.


Source: "Gale Gand's Brunch!" by Gale Gand with Christie Matheson (Clarkson Potter/Publisher, 2009).