Pear Coffee Cake for a yummy #meatlessmonday

by: Sara on 10/06/2014
Posted in: Community , Cooking , Food , Gardening

For today's Meatless Monday blog I have dessert on the mind. One of my many favourite recipes from Hollyhock Cooks, Food to Nourish Body, Mind and Soil, is the Pear Coffee Cake.

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As you can see from the photo I use this cookbook a will also notice, I am a messy cook. But while I have many cookbooks full of pretty pictures with recipes calling for ingredients I will only use once, they don't often make it out of the cupboard. Hollyhock Cooks is my go to recipe book.

When I walk around my neighborhood and notice that the trees in people's yards are heavy with beautiful, sweet pears I then go check the alley ways to see if the branches reach over into the road so I can get my hands on a few (much to my son's embarrassment). But once you have tried this cake, you will understand why. It does call for canned pears, so when I can't "borrow" enough from my neighbors trees to can my own, I don't feel too badly buying them from the store. And yes, this recipe has quite a bit of butter in it, but it is worth it! A beautiful cake to share with friends and family.

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Pear Coffee Cake

The crunchy streusel topping on the sweet pear halves will make a tremendous breakfast and a perfect match for a cup of freshly brewed organic coffee.

Serves 10-15


1 cup soft butter 240 mL

1 cup brown sugar 240 mL

4 eggs 4

1½ tbsp lemon zest 23 mL

13/4 cups unbleached white flour 420 mL

2 tsp baking powder 10 mL

56 fl. oz. pear halves in juice 1.6 L


½ cup flour 120 mL

½ cup soft butter 120 mL

1 cup brown sugar 240 mL

1 tsp cinnamon 5 mL

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

1. In a large bowl, use a fork to cream together the butter and brown

sugar. Whip in the eggs and lemon zest and set aside.

2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour with the baking powder.

3. In a small bowl, combine the streusel ingredients well with a fork or

pastry cutter. Set aside.

4. Gradually add the flour and baking powder mixture in to the wet mixture

and combine well with a wooden spoon. Spread this thick batter

into a lightly buttered 9x13-inch baking dish. It will spread very thinly.

Arrange the pear halves on top and press into the batter open-side

down. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the top and bake for approximately

1 hour or until a toothpick comes out of the center clean.

Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

— Chloe Gregg



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