Upside down Pear Streusel Coffee Cake

Streusel topping

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4  cup oats or other rolled cereal
  • 1/2 cup chopped or ground nuts
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 pears peeled and roughly chopped

For the batter

  • 6 ounces unsalted butter, cut into pieces and softened, plus 1 tablespoon for pan
  • 8 ounces cake flour
  • 8 ounces sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup whole buttermilk, room temperature (or 3 tablespoons buttermilk powder combined with 3 ounces of water)

Butter a 10” cake pan or skillet and line bottom with parchment paper. Mix Streusel ingredients and spread over bottom of pan. Scatter chopped pear over streusel.

Combine 6 ounces of butter and 8 ounces sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and cream for 6 minutes on medium speed, using the paddle attachment. Stop once to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. With the mixer running at lowest speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time, making sure each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next. Again stopping once to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the vanilla and salt and beat on medium speed for 30 seconds.

With the mixer on the lowest speed add the flour, alternating with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour, making sure each portion is fully incorporated before adding the next. After the final addition, beat the batter for 30 seconds on medium speed until almost smooth.

Scrape the batter out of the bowl onto the top of the pears and streusel. Use wet hands to spread it to the edges of the pan.

Bake at 375º for 45 to 50 minutes until browned. Cake will spring back when pressed lightly and a toothpick will come out clean.

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