Time To Celebrate With Cake – Roasted Pear & Pecan Coffee Cake

Whew, what a busy few weeks! Between traveling to Chicago for work, and studying for my food safety test, life has been a bit crazy:-)

My work required me to complete the Certified Professional in Food Safety exam, through the National Environmental Health Association.  I have been busy studying for the last month, and I am very happy to say I passed on Friday!  Soooooo….I wanted to celebrate with cake…but what cake?  I had a craving for coffee cake.  Then I found a container of pear butter at the grocery store.  It was settled, pear coffee cake!

A few weeks back I won a lovely recipe book from Regan at The Professional Palate.  The book is called, Cooking Light – Way to Bake, The Complete Visual Guide to Healthy Baking.  One thing I love doing is making my recipes a little healthier….I said “a little.”  This book shares some really beautiful recipes, and you don’t have to have all the guilt when baking sweet treats!  BONUS!!  The recipe I decided to adapt to what I had at home was from page 237 of the wonderful book.

This cake is not only moist, it is extremely full of wonderful flavor!  I decided to roast the pears with pecans, and a small amount of brown sugar.  The roasted pears definitely gave the coffee cake a full mix of flavors, and the crumb top makes each bite a happy bite!

Yields 8

Roasted Pear & Pecan Coffee Cake

Moist coffee cake, full of flavor, and a piece of pear in every bite!

30 minsPrep Time

50 minsCook Time

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Coffee Cake Ingredients
1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
4 Tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup pear butter (substitute with one egg)
1 egg
1 1/2 cups almond milk
Roasted Pear Ingredients
2 cups diced pears, about 1 1/2 pears
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 Tbsp brown sugar
Crumb Topping Ingredients
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup oats
3 Tbsp butter, melted


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 9 inch pie pan with cooking spray.

For Roasted Pears - on sheet pan, spread out diced pears, chopped pecans, and mix in 2 Tbsps of brown sugar. Roast at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes, stir the pears half way through cooking process. Let them cool.

For Crumb topping - In small bowl, mix together brown sugar, oats, and melted butter.

For Coffee Cake - In small bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In medium bowl, mix together sugar, melted butter, vanilla, pear butter, egg, and almond milk.

Pour coffee cake batter in 9 inch pie pan. Bake coffee cake for 15 minutes, bring out and add roasted pears to batter. The sides of the cake will be setting up, but middle will still be loose, just mix pears around in batter. Then sprinkle crumb topping over top of cake.

Bake for another 35 minutes depending on oven. The total baking process should be 50 minutes depending on oven.



If you do not have pear butter, you could add one egg, or 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt instead.


What a perfect way to celebrate,  any kind of cake is pretty fantastic in my book!

Now since I am back, and ready to get caught up on reading all your beautiful blogs-  I also wanted to introduce a new page to my blog, it will be called “Food Safety Corner!”  I want to share home, and restaurant food safety tips, knowledge, and information.  Sometimes the things that seem so simple to me, are not always simple to everyone else.  So I decided this was a great way to share what I experience everyday, and help everyone feel a little safer in the kitchen!

Please share some things you have been curious about with food safety, and I will write the answer to your questions and so much more here!  I started learning about food safety back in 2001, and have been working with my company for six years.  I love my job!  The thing I love about my job is helping everyone become more knowledgable in food safety!

What is your favorite coffee cake flavor?

Tell me, do you have a food safety question you having been curious about?

Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,

Hugs, Terra


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  • I've tried different recipes for coffee cakes but with roasted pear? this is just pure heaven, I love pears!
  • love the idea of roasted pear in the cake..looks gorgeous!
  • I have to find me a jar of pear butter so I can make this lovely cake. I absolutely love that you roasted the pears with pecans - I'm sure it really brought out such great flavor.
  • Choc Chip Uru
    This looks wonderful! I have actually made a pear crumble cake in the past and loved it so now I am most eager to make it again :D Happy Easter! Choc Chip Uru http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/
  • I love that this is lighter but looks so dense and delish! Nice photos too :)
  • Congratulations on your win! The coffee cake is possibly the best way to celebrate. Its looks incredible and would pair perfectly with my morning coffee. :) 
  • Oh yum! I love just about any and all coffee cake and this one sounds amazing. Pear butter?? Yes please! Congrats on passing your exam...maybe some champagne to go with this cake??? :)
  • What a delightful coffee cake...so delicious with the roasted pears! And congrats on passing your test, although it is no surprise really :) Hope you had a great Easter and wonderful weekend...hugs
  • Congrats on the exam.  They're never easy. This cake will be one of my favorites.  I love a moist, fruity cake!
  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.
    This looks delicious! I love the pears!! Congrats on passing your test!
  • Congrats for passing yet another milestone in your life, Terra! A big hug and enjoy your newly found fame. Wonderful treat to celebrate.
  • Congratulations, Terra! The cake looks really moist, a wonderful coffee cake.
  • Oh my goodness, this coffee cake looks unbelievable ! I want a slice right now! Great photos & great recipe, Terra! Thanks for sharing. Hope all went well for your exams! We're here to cheer you on! Hugs!
  • Congratulations for passing the exam Terra! =) coffee cake, what a sweet treat for my eyes and ears. I wish I could celebrate with u!  Looking forward to the new food safety section, I am alreasy curious! hope u had a great easter weekend
  • Andrea
    This looks amazing!! Congrat's on passing the exam Terra!
  • Jen
    I had to take Food Safety and Sanitation for my culinary degree, and it was almost disturbing!  Made it very hard to eat out for awhile!  Congrats on acing your test!
  • You had me already with just the name of this lovely coffee cake but then when I saw the pictures, I was just smitten!
  • bakeyourday
    This is gorgeous. I love the sound of roasted pears and pecans. I adore pecans, and especially in coffee cake. I love this whole thing, Terra! 
  • Wow this cake looks fabulous.  I've never roasted pears before, that is what is so cool about visiting other blogs, learning new and different way of creating tasty dishes.  Thanks so much for coming by, I have subscribed to your news letter.  Looking forward to more of your wonderful treats.  Have a great day.
  • Terra, congratulations on passing your exam! The pear and pecan coffee cake looks so delicious! I like the idea for roasting pears for the cake.
  • Congratulations on passing your Certified Professional in Food Safety exam!  Definitely deserving of an amazing cake like this to celebrate.  The combo of roasted pears and pecans are making my mouth water.  That said, thank you so much for your kind thoughts about my current situation and my Dad xoxo
  • A huge congratulations! That is fabulous and certainly earns you a nice, relaxing break out in the garden with a cup of coffee and a slice of this perfect fruity coffee cake! This is exactly the cake my husband wishes I would make! He loves simple, dense coffee cakes filled with pears or apples and yours does look perfect! 
  • How delicious looking! I'm going to try this but with coconut milk instead. Great post!
  • Wow, this cake looks awesome! Great combination of flavors!
  • Cindy @ Once Upon a Loaf
    UGH, you are killing me! This looks fantastic and I normally am not a pear girl. I don't know why. I'm going to bake this. Bet my mom will love it, too!
  • What a fabulous coffee cake! The combination of pears and pecans is irresistable :) Congratulations on passing the exam!! Have a wonderful day!
  • Karriann Graf
    You had me at pecans and coffee. Your cake really looks tasty  :) "Happy Cooking"
  • Mmm... that would go so well with a cup of coffee in the morning. This looks absolutely delicious! 
  • Karen Bechman
    This looks really good but not being a pear fan at all I am thinking apple butter and apples...yum!!!
  • This coffee cake is a lovely way to celebrate. You have used amazing flavors, I have never seen anything with roasted pears. It was nice to see your creativity.
  • It would be a great idea to have cook book that specialises in lighter meals.  I need one!  That's a delicious and moist looking cake.   I think the pear, pecans and coffee flavours would go brilliantly together xx
  • ld h
    Oh Terra,there are so many wonderful recipes here on your lovely blog!  I have just had a great time perusing through some of them :)  SO nice popping in for a visit. Kindly, Lorraine
  • Oh, I adore pears...but never thought of roasting them!!! This cake looks wonderful...full of such yummy ingredients...and loving that it's a recipe from Cooking Light :)
  • kitchenriffs
    Congrats on passing the exam!  And congrats on a really nice recipe - a nice use of pears.  I've eaten roast pears, but never actually done one myself.  Now I probably won't rest until I do!  Good post - thanks.
  • Your roasted pear coffee cake looks phenomenal - we don't really eat coffee cake, so I live vicariously through you and my baking blogger friends :) Congrats on passing your exam, Terra! I look forward to reading Food Safety Corner, too.
  • Roasted pear and pecan coffee cake - what a perfect tea time cake or even breakfast.  It looks moist unlike most of coffee cakes I see in cafes or stores.  I've never seen pears in coffee cake before.  Looks really delicious! Congratulations on passing the exam!  I haven't "studied" since college and the thought of taking a test even scares me. =P  I'm very happy for you!
  • Congratulations on passing your test! The name alone makes it sound really difficult. ;) And wow just look at how moist your cake looks! And roasting the pecans and pears beforehand was a great idea! Guess it gives the taste and extra flavour oomph!
  • Meghan
    Perfection! The roasted pears with pecans & a crumb topping sounds divine!