Crumb Cake with Pear Preserves

Adding pear preserves to this streusel-topped coffee cake makes it especially moist and delicious.

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  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced, plus more for greasing
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup pear preserves (4 ounces)
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

How to make this recipe

  1. Make the Streusel

    Preheat the oven to 350° and butter a 9-inch square metal baking pan. In a medium bowl, mix the brown sugar with the flour, cinnamon and salt. Add the 4 tablespoons of diced butter and, using your fingers, pinch it into the dry ingredients until evenly moistened, then press the mixture into clumps. Refrigerate the streusel until chilled, about 15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, Make the Cake

    In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter with the granulated sugar at medium speed until fluffy, 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time. Scrape down the side of the bowl, then beat in the dry ingredients and milk in 3 alternating batches, starting and ending with the dry ingredients, until just incorporated.

  3. Meanwhile, Make the Cake

    Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it in an even layer. Dollop the pear preserves evenly in the batter and sprinkle the streusel evenly on top. Bake for about 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. (Some of the streusel will sink into the cake.) Transfer the pan to a rack and let the cake cool completely, about 1 hour. Dust with confectioners’ sugar, cut into squares and serve.

Make Ahead

The cake can be covered and stored at room temperature for 3 days.

Contributed By Photo © Con Poulos Published November 2014

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