Harry & David has partnered with the esteemed Chef Elizabeth Falkner in October to kick off our Seasonal Chef Program. Each month a top culinary expert will create seasonally inspired recipes featuring Harry & David’s Fruit of the Month. We are excited to showcase Chef Falkner’s unique interpretation of the Royal Riviera® Pears in October, and today we are sharing with you the first of three delectable recipes that you can create at home.

Upside Pear Crunch Coffee Cake

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For the crunch

  • 1 ½ cup demerara sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon (ground)
  • ¼ tablespoon nutmeg (ground)
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter

For the coffee cake

  • 2 Harry & David® Royal Riviera® Pears (cored and sliced into 1/2 ” slices with skin on)
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • 1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
  • ½ tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon salt


For the crunch

  • Work all ingredients together with a spatula or your fingers and set aside.

For the coffee cake

  • Preheat the oven to 325˚ F convection. Cream the butter and sugar together with a spatula or in a mixer with paddle attachment.
  • Add the eggs and combine to emulsify.
  • Add the sour cream, milk and vanilla extract and stir to combine.
  • Add dry ingredients just to combine.
  • Sprinkle half of the crunch mixture divided between 2 loaf pans. Divide the Harry & David Royal Riviera® Pears slices lined down each loaf pan on top of the crunch layer.
  • Divide coffee cake batter over the pears in each pan.
  • Finally, divide the rest of the crunch over the batter in each pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes until cake is set.

To serve

  • Cool completely, this takes awhile, be patient. Then invert cake upside when cool, slice and serve.



Chef Elizabeth Falkner: Falkner is a seasoned veteran in the world of network culinary competitions and author of Cooking Off the Clock: Recipes From My Downtime, published just last month by Ten Speed Press. She will be opening a new Brooklyn pizzeria named Krescendo later this fall and will be appearing again fighting for redemption on Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef premiering November 2012.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake, pears
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