A Upside Pear Crunch Coffee Cake using Harry & David Royal Riviera® Pears
Ingredients for the Crunch:
- 1 ½ cup demerara sugar (or brown sugar)
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon (ground)
- ¼ tbsp. nutmeg (ground)
- ½ tbsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. flour
- 2 tbsp. butter
Ingredients for the Coffee Cake:
- 2 Harry & David® Royal Riviera® Pears (cored and sliced into 1/2 " slices with skin on)
- 4 oz. unsalted butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup sour cream
- ¼ cup Milk
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cup flour
- 1 ½ tbsp. baking powder
- ½ tbsp. baking soda
- 1 tbsp. salt
Instructions for the Crunch:
Instructions for the Coffee Cake:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees 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.
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.