The Country Kitchen: Walnut Pear Coffee Cake2 min read
This recipe was submitted by C.W. of Greenwood, who says, “There aren’t too many pear recipes around, but I’ve had this one for years. It’s a moist coffee cake that goes great with a cup of coffee for breakfast, but also makes a delicious snack or dessert. When I bring it to work, it disappears in minutes! Use a springform pan for this coffee cake.”
Walnut Pear Coffee Cake
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cold butter
2 medium ripe pears, peeled and sliced (about 2 cups)
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-3/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1. In a bowl, combine walnuts, brown sugar and cinnamon. Place flour in small bowl; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 3/4 cup of nut mixture; set aside for topping. Set aside remaining nut mixture for filling.
2. Toss pears with lemon juice; set aside. In a small mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
3. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture with sour cream.
4. Spread two-thirds of batter into a greased 9-inch springform pan. Top with reserved nut mixture, pears, and remaining batter. Sprinkle with walnuts and reserved topping mixture.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
6. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; remove sides of pan. Cool for 1 hour before cutting.
Questions for the cook
L.T. of Kelsey asks:
Q: I buy 2% milk and dilute it by half with water to make my own 1% milk at half the cost. Is this smart, or am I just fooling myself?
A: The difference between 1%, 2% and whole milk is the fat and calorie content. The 1% milk is 99% fat free, 2% milk is 98% fat free, and whole milk contains about 3-1/2% fat.
All three contain the same amount of vitamins and minerals. By adding water, you are diluting the vitamin and mineral content. Your best bet is to select 1% milk to get the full benefit of its nutrients.
A helpful hint
Don’t add any salt until your meat on the barbecue grill is cooked to prevent it from getting dry and tough, as the salt will draw away moisture.