Monday, October 14, 2013

Apple Pear Coffee Cake

A few weeks ago I tasted a piece of coffee cake at a guild meeting and I couldn't get that taste out of my head. Although I was promised the recipe at our next meeting, I decided to conduct an online search to see if I could find something like it. I think I hit paydirt with this recipe from Taste of Home. With a few tweaks of my own, here is the recipe:

Serves 15
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup light sour cream
2 medium honey crisp apples, peeled and chopped
1 Bartlett pear, peeled and chopped

1 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbs cold, unsalted butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and generously grease a 9 X 13 inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla.

In another large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Add the flour mixture alternately with the sour cream, beating until combined.

Fold in the apples and pears.

Pour into the greased pan.

In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in pecans. Sprinkle evenly over batter.

Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into 15 pieces.

Nutritional Info:  313 cal; 14g fat; 44 g carb; 1 g fiber; 4 g protein; 9 Points Plus values

I am 99% certain that this is the recipe for the coffeecake made by my fellow guild member. It is exceptionally moist with just the right amount of topping. I think it tastes very buttery, more than just a "half stick's worth."  I will have to put it out of sight and/or freeze some of it because it is way too tempting.


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