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Walnut Pear Coffee Cake

 Walnut Pear Coffee Cake
This moist coffee cake goes great with a cup of coffee at breakfast but also makes a delicious snack or dessert. When I bring it to work, it disappears in minutes. —Darlene Spalding, Lynden, Washington
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • FILLING:
  • 2 medium ripe pears, peeled and sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the walnuts, brown sugar and cinnamon; set
  • aside. Place flour in a 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.
  • In a small bowl, toss pears with lemon juice; set aside. In another

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Walnut Pear Coffee Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one
  • at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually
  • add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well
  • after each addition.
  • Spread two-thirds of the batter into a greased 9-in. springform pan.
  • Top with the reserved nut mixture, pears and remaining batter.
  • Sprinkle with walnuts and reserved topping mixture.
  • Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near
  • the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen. Cool for 1 hour
  • before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 430 calories, 25 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 79 mg cholesterol, 265 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.