It hailed yesterday. After a week of complaining about how it rained almost every day, mother nature delivered this . Just her sweet way of saying shut up.
We're having a rainy Sunday Supper table here, which doesn´t bother me at all since we're having cake. Still warm, with chunks of fruit inside, walnuts and chocolate chips on top. Another very good coffee cake recipe to add to my collection. Full of flavor, simple and kid-friendly. Wrap it up and put it in your kid´s lunchbox.
This cake came out surprisingly good. First I thought my cake tin would be too big, and then my batter curdled like crazy, even after the last batch of flour was added. Curdled batters make me feel very dumb, like how can I still get those after a million years baking coffee cakes? I make my own puff pastry but I can´t get a cake batter not to curdle? There was nothing else to do but pop it into the oven and wait.
Though it would've been better to use a square pan next time, mainly because I think round pans are for tall cakes, but that's just one of my little baking obsessions. Cut into squares this cake is just the perfect snack or take-to-the-office type of coffee cake. You will be thanked.
I changed the original recipe a bit by adding spices, a different fruit, walnuts and choco chips. The base batter lends itself to that, it practically begs you to try a different combination every time. With only one piece of fruit per recipe, this can pretty much be the ideal cake to use when you have one lonely fruit rolling around in your fridge.
If you have a fresh peach try this with just cinnamon. I would if I could get my hands on some kind of summery stone fruit. But I can't, it's winter still. And still raining. Can you believe it? A whole rainy week. The nerve.
At least I still have some chocolate scones. And now a pear and chocolate coffee cake. Pretty good in the end.
I cut my pear in medium chunks. It results in a better contrast of smooth crumb and tender fruit when you bite into it. And if you, like me, don´t wait until it´s completely cool and dive your fork into a warm piece of cake, the chocolate will still be soft, like in a warm chocolate chip cookie. Wonderful.
PEAR CHOCO WALNUT COFFEE CAKE
Note: if you can´t find whole wheat flour use 1 ¼ cups all purpose flour.
For the topping:
¼ cup granulated Sugar
1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
¼ cup walnuts, chopped
For the Coffee Cake:
8 Tbs (115g) unsalted butter, room tº
1 cup all purpose flour
¼ cup superfine whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch of ground allspice
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup whole milk
1 large pear, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped
¼ cup chocolate chips
For the topping mix all ingredients in small bowl and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 375ºF/ 180ºC
Grease a 8-inch (23cm) round baking pan.
Place the flour, baking, powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger and allspice in a small bowl and whisk to mix. Set aside.
Place the sugar and butter in a medium sized bowl and using an electric mixer beat them until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add the eggs one at a time and then add the vanilla. Add the flour mixture and the milk alternatively in about 2 batches of each, beating after each addition until almost incorporated. At the end you still want to see streaks of flour and milk.
Using a wooden spoon, fold in the pear until everything is just combined. Pour mixture in prepared pan, spreading evenly. Sprinkle the cinnamon walnut sugar over the top, and finally the chocolate chips.
Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 30 minutes.
Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack.
Easy Breakfast ideas:
· Hawaiian Scrambled Eggs Cupcakes & Kale Chips
· Scrambled Eggs with sausage and fresh herbs by Basic n Delicious
· Breakfast Wraps by Magnolia Days
· Scrambled Eggs with Herb Croutons Comfy Cuisine
· Scrambled Eggs for Preschoolers In the Kitchen with Audrey
· Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap by Meal Planning Magic
· California Chicken Wraps by Momma’s Meals
· Chicken, Hummus, and sautéed Vegetable Wraps by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
· Grilled Roast Beef Wraps with Horseradish Mayo by Juanita’s Cocina
· Mesquite Turkey, Mango and Pepper Jack Wraps by Shockingly Delicious
· California Wraps by Daily Dish Recipes
Easy Weekday Suppers:
· Garlic Lemon Rosemary Roasted Chicken by Supper for a Steal
· Kebab Chicken & Grilled Veggie Wraps with Tahini Sauce by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
· Fresh mozzarella Pasta Casserole by The Weekend Gourmet
· Choose Your Topping Grilled Pizza by In the Kitchen with KP
· Yum Yum Salmon Quesadillas by Family Foodie
After School Snacks:
· Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares by Girlichef
· Fudgy One-Pot Raspberry Cocoa Brownies by Chocolate Moosey
· Fudgy One-Pot Brownies by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
· Pear Choco Walnut Coffee Cake by Vintage Kitchen Notes
· Peach Clafoutis by The Messy Baker Blog
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