Time for another delicious foray into recipe creation thanks to the Food Blogger’s Challenge! This week the food given is pears – one of my favorite fruits! I was lucky enough to be given quite a few this summer by the neighbors. I made Ginger Spiced Pear Jam with some of them and the others I canned in light syrup. I love having pears to eat in the winter.
I wanted to enhance a coffee cake with a layer of pear for this week’s challenge. I generally make my coffee cakes with crumb topping but I didn’t want to overwhelm the fruit so for this treat I made a simple oat streusel with the addition of some chocolate chips ’cause pears and chocolate just go so well together.
Pear Coffee Cake with Chocolate and Oat Streusel
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 15 oz can pears – I used a quart jar I had canned myself
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 TBS cinnamon
pinch of salt
4 TBS cold butter cut into small chunks
1/3 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°
Spray an 8″ x 8″ baking dish with cooking spray.
Add the sugar, oil and egg to the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attached. Mix on med-high until the batter is airy and lemon yellow in color. Turn speed to low and add in milk and vanilla.
While the liquid ingredients are blending add the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and whisk together. Add these to the blended liquid ingredients all at once and stir on low speed until just mixed.
Put the batter in the prepared pan and spread evenly.
Remove the pears from the juice in the can and slice them into 1/4″ slices. Place them on top of the batter in the pan until it’s covered.
Make the streusel: add the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and pinch of sugar to a bowl. Mix.
Add the chunks of butter and using a pastry blender or two knives cut the butter into the mixture until it is the size of small peas. Add the chocolate chips and stir.
Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the top of the pears and batter.
Bake in the preheated oven for 40 – 45 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool and sprinkle powdered sugar over the top if desired.
This was a tasty cake if I do say so myself. The pears add a nice moistness and the chocolate goes with them so very well. The oats add a bit of texture.
Be sure and check out all of the other pear recipes from the Food Bloggers: