Aug 12, 2012

Pear Choco Walnut Coffee Cake #SundaySupper

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.  

Adapted from The Mom 100 Cookbook by Katie Workman, via Soni's Food for Thought

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.

This Sunday the group prepared yet another amazing list of recipes. Check their sites and enjoy!

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 
Lunchbox Wraps:
·         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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  1. No matter how you cut it, this cake looks so delicious! Perfect for tea time :)

  2. This sounds so delicious! I'm a huge chocolate and fruit fan, and this could be an awesome treat to make for afternoon tea or as a dessert <3

  3. not tried this combination...and now i'm tempted :)

  4. Yes please.... I would love a slice of this amazing delicacy right now with my coffee!

  5. My love of pears is a recent thing and I'm definitely trying this coffee cake! It looks delicious-especially with pears and chocolate-YUM!

  6. No, I do not want a slice...I want the whole thing!!! Perfect for afternoon coffee time.

  7. Wow this looks great! Save me a piece.

  8. YUM! I love the pears in this cake! So delicious!

  9. Um, I'm going to need a piece of this cake. It looks amazing. Happy #SundaySupper!

  10. I love pears and chocolate together. Looks delicious.

  11. This is just lovely. I love that it has fruit, chocolate, and nuts all hanging out together in perfect harmony. Absolutely delicious!

  12. Can't wait to try this combination! What a treat! Happy #SundaySupper!

  13. What a delicious coffee cake combo :D
    Loving it!

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. I would love a rainy morning to sit and sip my tea and have a slice of your scrumptious coffeecake! Happy #SundaySupper, my friend!

  15. There's not enough time to cook and bake all the delicious things I see on food blogs! This cake looks so tempting, and I love pears, walnuts and, of course, chocolate. I'll have to find a spare moment to pop this one in the oven.

  16. Paula, certainly a lot of bad weather around you, you do a lot of baking, wonderful comfort baking. I had to skip the FFwD post this week too, we do not really have good scallops around here and I must say that I had the urge to post about somthing other than food. Your fall type of cake looks perfectly baked, as usual, and I am sure that you made a lot of people happy by sharing it! I make a Galette in fall with chocolate and nuts and pears - I love those tastes together1

  17. I think I've already mentioned it before but I'm a coffee cake fiend and this pear walnut one is making me drool! I want a slice and I want it now! : )

  18. You can mail coffee cake right? ;) I love chocolate chip anything, including a big slice if this cake.

  19. Something that I like of this cake is that it's thin, you know, I'm always counting calories and fat and so on, so having a thin slice makes me feel less guilty.

  20. I had never heard of The Mom 100 Cookbook but many of the recipes look delicious. Yours, included.

  21. Looks decadent ! The pear in it must be delish ! Lovely pics too. Love the B & W pic !!

  22. Paula, This is my kind of cake…perfect for breakfast or snack! Love your beautiful photos! Although it is summer here we just had a week of thunder storms that delivered heavy hail…heavy enough to break the spotlight on my deck! So glad the sun is shining today!

  23. This looks pretty amazing! A cup of Coffee and I'm in! Lovely.

  24. Paula, I made this cake today, and it was delicious! I enjoyed the combination of flavors and the fact that it wasn't overly sweet. I'll definitely make this again!

    Just to let you know, you accidentally left the spices (cinnamon, ginger, allspice) out of the recipe directions. I went ahead and whisked them into the dry ingredients.

    1. Thanks for the heads-up, I took care of it! I´m so glad you liked it, I just love the combo of pears and chocolate!


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