Apple Pear Coffee Cake

adapted from Taste of Home


Yield:  12-15 servings


Topping

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 Tbsp cold unsalted butter

1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour

3 tsps baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup sour cream

1 1/4 cup chopped, peeled, cored apples

1/2 cup chopped peeled, cored pears


Preheat oven:  350° F.

Prepare 13 X 9-inch baking dish.


Prepare the topping

In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon.  Cut the butter into the mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.  Stir in the walnuts.  Set aside.


Prepare the cake

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.  Set aside.


Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs and vanilla.  Add the flour mixture alternately with the sour cream.  

Fold in the chopped apples and pear.  


Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.  Sprinkle the topping over the batter.


Bake at 350° F. for 35-40 minutes or until a tester inserted near the center comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack.