Saturday, September 25, 2010

Pear Streusel Coffee Cake

Pear Streusel Coffee Cake

When I was a kid there were two memorable instances that I came in contact with pears. First, the bad: those grainy, sandy squares of pear in cans of fruit cocktail. Needless to say I picked those out (along with the tough pineapple chunks.) Second, the good: my Great Aunt Maggie's pear preserves, which I don't know how to make and haven't eaten in more years that I care to admit. (Am I really that old? That I can think in years?) Yes, we occasionally ate fresh pears, but we were more apple and banana people. That's probably because pears go from rock hard to slurpy mess too quickly. But this characterisitic also makes them lovely to bake with, as I've found before. And now I can add this pear coffee cake to my bed-and-breakfast file. (Or my welcome-fall file. Or my must-make-again file.) Because it's good. Really good.

Pear Streusel Coffee Cake

Every time I make a coffee cake I expect it to turn out too dry. I think that's an effect of eating too many store-bought coffee cakes, which probably languish in trucks and on shelves too long before they make their way to our homes. I think that's also why I'm not much of a cake eater; the texture of cake is just too easy to mess up, and life is too short to eat dry cake. But this coffee cake is made with yogurt, and I've never made a yogurt cake that turned out poorly. This cake was just moist enough to hold together on a fork and not at all so dry that you need a cup of hot coffee to choke down a piece. Of course I recommend that you do drink coffee with it - or tea - because as I've said before it's the coffee that makes eating cake for breakfast acceptable. If you need a reason, that is.

Pear Streusel Coffee Cake

Spiced Pear Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar & Oat Streusel by Cookin' Canuck

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13 comments:

  1. Hmmm. Wish I'd bought pears at the store today. Note to self...

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  2. Yum! I love pears. I had a pear sorbet today and I think it would go beautifully on top of a warm slice of this coffee cake. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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  3. I don't think I need a reason to have my cake for breakfast Abby.Love this seasonal rendition.

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  4. This sounds delicious! Another beautiful baking success!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

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  5. Your cake looks and sounds good, Abby. I've never been a fan of pears but after reading this I realize that it's because of those icky canned pears that they served us at school. I don't think I've ever eaten a fresh. I need to add pears to my grocery list and give this a try.
    ~ingrid

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  6. Oh, that looks beautiful! And as far as I'm concerned, coffee may be a perfect complement but it's hardly necessary -- cake makes an absolutely lovely breakfast with no justification whatsoever ... :)

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  7. Hmmm - couldn't think of a beter way to enjoy pears. This looks amazing!

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  8. I can't wait to make this. Great fall dessert!

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  9. Love the new look! This coffee cake looks so moist. Yummies. I always ate the cherries and grapes from fruit cocktail. It all tastes the same really though!

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  10. I think we don't bake with pears as much as we should - what a delicious cake, Abby! Perfect!

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  11. This looks so good Abby!! I wish I didn't like baking so much, I'd probably lose weight! I'd love to make GF version of this!! :-)

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  12. I've never understood why the pineapple chunks in fruit cocktail were tough. That's weird, right?

    This cake looks delicious and looks anything but dry. great job!

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  13. I'm so glad you enjoyed this, Abby!

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