Tuesday

Pear & Poppy Seed Coffee Cake

Have you noticed that I like making coffee cakes?! Well that's because we eat them for breakfast.... yup, cake for breakfast! Mornings are always a little rushed around here, and I hate leaving home without eating something. So a thick slice of coffee cake does the trick.
 This poppy seed cake is light & airy, while the pears give it a nice moisture. You just need to remember to check your teeth for hidden poppy seeds before heading out the door ; )


Pear & Poppy Seed Coffee Cake
1/3 Cup Poppy Seeds
1 Cup milk
1 Cup butter/margarine
1 Cup sugar
3 eggs
2 Cups flour
1 Tbs baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon rind
1 cup chopped pear (fresh or canned)

1. heat poppy seeds and milk in a small saucepan, and remove from heat just before boiling. Set aside.
2. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a bundt or bread pan.
3. Cream the butter & sugar together. Then mix in eggs and vanilla.
4. Sift together dry ingredients in another bowl. Then add to the butter mixture in batches, alternating with the milk-poppy seed mixture.... until everything is just mixed.
5. Gently stir in the pears and lemon rind.
6. Poor into baking pan and bake for approximately 50 minutes, (or by toothpick test).
Allow to cool 10 minutes, then enjoy : )


ps: the pears all seemed to sink to the bottom while baking. I'm not sure how to avoid this. The cake still tasted delicious though. But if anyone knows a trick for evenly distributing fruits in baked goods, please let me know!

11 comments:

Freckles said...

Thanks, I'm gonna have to whip this deliciousness up(:

Coffee is a must have and the cake is suga on top(:

and flowers pick themselves said...

this is so wonderful! i'm totally stealing the recipe :)

xo Alison

Rosemary Washington said...

How serendipitour that we both had poppy seeds on the brain (see my blogpost for Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes on June 28th at http://rosemarywashington.wordpress.com!

Your recipe sounds delicious. I've always throought that if you mix the fruit with the flour before adding it to the wet ingredients, that this would prevent the fruit from sinking. Would be worth experimenting to see if this works.

Diana Mieczan said...

That looks so yummy...and what a great idea...I love banana bread too and I should totally make it and eat it for breakfast:)
Kisses darling and see you soon:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Ohh I just notices the pears and lemon rind...even more yummy:)

dulci said...

this looks amazingggg

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Simply Mel said...

Pears and poppy seeds ~ I'll be heading to the kitchen now! YUM!

Crescent Seward said...

This looks super good! My only suggestions for the fruit not sinking to the bottom is maybe mashing the pears instead of leaving them chopped. Or at least chop them finer. I'm going to try this recipe though, thanks for sharing!

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Crazy Sweet Life said...

This looks great hun! I could go for a piece right now. I would agree that chopping up the pears really fine should do the trick - regardless, this looks delicious!

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greenbean said...

Vanessa!
I'm going to make this cake this upcoming weekend for a brunch! I came across your blog and it is a feast for the eyes and the soul! Beautifully and artfully done.
All the best
Eileen

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