Upside Pear Crunch Coffee Cake – Holiday Cake Recipe!


We have a treat today from Elizabeth Falkner and Harry & David. The two have partnered up for a Seasonal Chef Program! Falkner has created three seasonally-inspired recipes including this Upside Pear Crunch Coffee Cake, an easy-at-home recipe.  It’s an ideal holiday dessert dish and we are excited to share the recipe below.

As part of the Harry & David Seasonal Chef program, Chef Elizabeth Falkner creates an Upside Pear Crunch Coffee Cake using our famous Royal Riviera Pears! #GetCulinarywithFruit

About Elizabeth Falkner:

The San Francisco transplant is taking over New York with the upcoming opening of her Brooklyn restaurant, Krescendo. Falkner is also a seasoned veteran in the world of network culinary competitions and author of Cooking Off the Clock: Recipes From My Downtime, published just last month by Ten Speed Press. She will be returning for redemption to Food Network’s  The Next Iron Chef !

Upside Pear Crunch Coffee Cake

recipe by: Elizabeth Falkner

Serves: 4

For the Crunch:

  • 1 1/2 C. demerara sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 TB. flour
  • 2 TB. butter
  1. Work all ingredients together with a spatula or your fingers,
  2. Set aside.

For the Coffee Cake:

  • 2 ea. Harry & David Royal Riviera® Pears, cored and sliced into 1/2 ” slices with skin on
  • 4 oz. unsalted butter
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 2 ea. large eggs
  • 1 C. sour cream
  • 1/4 C. milk
    1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 C. flour
  • 1 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees convection. Cream the butter and sugar together with a spatula or in a mixer with paddle attachment. Add the eggs and combine to emulsify. Add the sour cream, milk and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Add dry ingredients just to combine.
  2. Sprinkle half of the Crunch mixture divided between 2 loaf pans. Divide the Harry & David Royal Riviera® Pears slices lined down each loaf pan on top of the Crunch layer. Divide Coffee Cake batter over the pears in each pan. Finally, divide the rest of the Crunch over the batter in each pan. Bake for 30 minutes until cake is set.

To Serve:

  1. Cool completely, this takes awhile, be patient.
  2. Then invert cake upside when cool, slice and serve.

2 Responses to Upside Pear Crunch Coffee Cake – Holiday Cake Recipe!

  1. This sounds like something I need to try. I don’t cook with pear often, but sounds like an awesome holiday dish that won’t be repeated at my parties, so I’ll have something creative and yummy to share with friends and family! Thanks!!!

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