Pureed canned pears keep this healthful coffee cake moist. Source: EatingWell Magazine, Holiday Issue 1995

Patsy Jamieson


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  • To make streusel: Stir together brown sugar, 2/3 cup flour and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Sprinkle in apple juice concentrate and oil and blend with a fork or your fingers until crumbly.

  • To make cake: Puree pears in a food processor or blender. Transfer to a wide saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring almost constantly, until reduced to 1/2 cup, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool completely.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, swirling the pan, until the butter turns a light nutty brown, about 1 minute. Whisk into the pear puree. Add sugar, egg, egg white, oil and vanilla, whisking until smooth.

  • Sift together 2 1/4 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to the pear mixture alternately with yogurt (or sour cream).

  • Spread half of the batter in the bottom of the prepared pan. Top with cranberries, then the remaining batter. Sprinkle the streusel over the top. Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

311 calories; 4.1 g total fat; 1 g saturated fat; 18 mg cholesterol; 279 mg sodium. 160 mg potassium; 63.6 g carbohydrates; 2.3 g fiber; 36 g sugar; 4.9 g protein; 71 IU vitamin a iu; 7 mg vitamin c; 77 mcg folate; 61 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 13 mg magnesium;

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Tart and Moist Breakfast Bread I was looking for a way to use fresh cranberries in a healthful way and found this recipe. It was easy to throw together. Works with applesauce as well as pears. I just used apple juice instead of concentrate in the streusel topping which also worked. I was pretty impressed with the crunchiness of the streusel out of the oven. The cake's texture is fantastic; it really holds together well when taken from the pan and is dense and moist but not too sweet. I love the tartness of cranberries and you get a lot of tart from this. If you prefer sweeter breakfast breads (I don't) you may wish to add more sugar. Pros: tart not too sweet great texture easy to make Read More