This walnut pear coffee cake will make your morning! It is simple to make but tastes tender and buttery. It makes a wonderful treat for breakfast, brunch or dessert!
I had a hard to focusing on this walnut pear coffee cake.
We have a new baby in the house and she kept me from baking. Ok we have a puppy, but it’s basically the same thing. In July, we lost our 15 year old Jack Russell Terrier, Roxy. Roxy was days short of turning 15 when she died suddenly from double pneumonia. That little dog meant so much to me and the loss I felt when she passed was indescribable. We all felt it actually which is why we knew we would need a puppy.
Enter Ruby, a Boston Terrier who is a terrier in every sense of the word. At 11 weeks she has more spunk and sass than a teenager. She is driving me to tears. Dealing with a puppy quickly brought back to life all those old feelings of resentment and exhaustion I experienced when our first baby girl was born. I remember being so angry with my husband; the work load and the sleep deprivation was so un-balanced. I felt like I was doing everything and I’m sure my husband felt like he was doing the same. I knew going into into this whole puppy thing that I would shoulder the work load, but I still find myself resenting it. But like babies, puppies grow up quickly and before long, all the hard work and frustration will be forgotten. So will the ruined furniture, but that is part of it too.
Walnut Pear Coffee Cake
I made this walnut pear coffee cake in between all the frequent (and failed) trips outside with the puppy. The batter reminds me of this peaches and cream coffee cake, it is thick and when it bakes up it is sweet, butter, fluffy and perfect. The pears and the walnuts make nice additions to this lovely coffee cake. The pears are tossed with sugar and taste soft and sweet as they bake in the cake and the walnuts add a little extra crunch. The cinnamon sugar mixture makes a flaky crust on top of the cake that crumbles just so as your fork hits the cake. Both this walnut pear coffee cake and this maple ginger coffee cake are perfect for the season!
Serve this walnut pear coffee cake as breakfast, brunch or dessert. It will be well received no matter what meal it appears!
- 2 pears, peeled and diced
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup yogurt
- 1 cup chopped walnuts (Divided)
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 9 inch pan with non-stick spray and set aside. In a small skillet, combine the pears, the butter and the brown sugar. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until the pears are soft and the sugar is caramel in color; remove from heat and allow the pears to cool.
In a mixer beat together the butter and the sugar until creamy. Mix in eggs one at a time. In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Slowly add flour mixture alternately with the yogurt and beat just until incorporated. Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan. Pour pears and 3/4 of the walnuts on top of the batter and carefully top pears with remaining batter.
In a smal bowl, toss together the cinnamon, vanilla, sugar and remaining 1/4 cup of walnuts. Sprinkle mixture over the cake and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Amount Per Serving Calories 0Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g