Pear and Poppy Seed Coffee Cake

Sugary & Buttery - Pear and Poppy Seed Coffee Cake

Sugary & Buttery - Pear and Poppy Seed Coffee Cake

Summer is already halfway over and I have not posted a single recipe! That makes me even more excited to share this super easy Pear and Poppy Seed Coffee Cake. Whether you’re planning a family picnic, BBQ with friends or just craving some cake (who needs an occasion anyway, right?), this coffee cake might be what you’re looking for. Fluffy cake with a pear and poppy seed filling, topped with buttery crumbles. If you can, enjoy it while it’s still warm…  maybe with some vanilla ice cream?

Sugary & Buttery - Pear and Poppy Seed Coffee Cake

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Sugary & Buttery - Pear and Poppy Seed Coffee Cake

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Sugary & Buttery - Pear and Poppy Seed Coffee Cake

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Sugary & Buttery - Pear and Poppy Seed Coffee Cake

Pear and Poppy Seed Coffee Cake

  • Author: Melina Thompson
  • Prep Time: 40 mins
  • Cook Time: 60 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 mins
  • Yield: 16 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • FOR THE CAKE BATTER
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted Challenge butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups sour cream
  • FOR THE PEAR FILLING
  • 5 bosc pears
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • FOR THE CRUMBLE TOPPING
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted Challenge butter, softened

Instructions

  1. MAKE PEAR FILLING
  2. Wash and cube the pears and place in a pot.
  3. Add sugar and bring to a boil.
  4. Once the pears are starting to become soft (about 15 minutes), take off the stove and drain the juice.
  5. Add the poppy seeds and almond flour.
  6. MAKE CRUMBLE TOPPING
  7. Whisk flour and brown sugar in a medium bowl.
  8. Using your fingers, work in butter until mixture forms coarse crumbs ranging in size from small peas to marbles.
  9. Set aside.
  10. MAKE CAKE
  11. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  12. Grease a 9-inch cake pan or a 10-inch tube pan with a removable bottom.
  13. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl.
  14. Put butter, sugar, and zest into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes.
  15. Reduce speed to medium. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  16. Mix in vanilla and reduce speed to low.
  17. Mix in half the reserved flour mixture, then the sour cream. Add remaining flour mixture; mix until just combined.
  18. Spoon half the batter into prepared pan. Pour the pear filling over the batter and top with remaining batter. Using a small offset spatula, smooth top. Sprinkle with the topping.
  19. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 65 to 70 minutes.
  20. Let cool slightly on a wire rack, then run a knife around edges of the pan.
  21. remove the cake from the pan and let cool completely.

 

4 Comments

  • Pamela

    Glad to know your having awsome summer

  • H Marksfield

    Love your recipes. Confused about pear and poppyseed coffee cake. Is there an omission in boiling the pears and sugar? No liquid for that step? Do pears give up enough juice to keep it from burning? Harriet

    • Melina Thompson

      Hi Harriet, that is true, the bosc pears give up so much juice that in fact you will have to drain the liquid later on. If you don’t feel comfortable boiling them ‘dry’, you can add a few tablespoons of water since you will be draining the liquid at the end anyway. Hope that helps!

  • H Marksfield

    Making the pear and poppy seed coffee cake . Need the pears be necessarily ripe, or will the sugar be enough sweetening? The only Boscs available here have not had any give at all, so they’re probably not at peak sweetness..thank you for your prompt response to my previous question. H.Marksfield

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