Pear Bread with Almond Streusel Topping

Pear Bread-this easy pear quick bread has a sweet almond streusel topping and simple almond glaze. It is great for breakfast, brunch, or dessert.  Pear Bread What do you do when your nice neighbors bring you over a huge bag of pears from their tre…

Pear Bread-this easy pear quick bread has a sweet almond streusel topping and simple almond glaze. It is great for breakfast, brunch, or dessert.  Pear Bread What do you do when your nice neighbors bring you over a huge bag of pears from their tree? First, you say thank you and then you make Easy Pear Sauce and…

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Greek Yogurt Pear Coffee Cake.

(This pear coffee cake is sponsored by Harry & David!) You put on the coffee and I’ll bring the pear coffee cake!  If you have holiday brunch on the brain, this is for you.  Or holiday breakfast. Holiday dessert! This coffee cake can work for all of those. And since it’s coffee cake, it’s not […]

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(This pear coffee cake is sponsored by Harry & David!)

You put on the coffee and I’ll bring the pear coffee cake! 

A pear coffee cake made with brown butter and greek yogurt. It's delicious for breakfast or brunch and the crumb topping is unbelievable.

If you have holiday brunch on the brain, this is for you. 

Or holiday breakfast. Holiday dessert! This coffee cake can work for all of those. And since it’s coffee cake, it’s not like REAL CAKE, you know?

So it’s easily justified for breakfast. 

harry & david pears

Today I’m partnering with Harry & David to bring you this breakfast! 

For the last few years, I’ve been lucky enough to work with Harry & David during the holiday season, creating a recipe or two with their incredible Royal Riviera pears. Because of that, I’ll spare you the entire story of how Harry & David pears were a staple of my childhood during the season. My dad would always get sent a box or two and they were just delightful!

And by that, I mean my brothers and I would fight over them until they were gone.

THEY ARE THAT GOOD!! 

harry & david pears

And I often forget about just how delicious pears are in baked goods. In fact, you can pretty much interchange them with apples here, which is what I did! Instead of making a big apple coffee crumb cake, I used the Royal Riviera Pears from Harry & David

They instantly make me feel like it’s Christmastime. I can practically smell Christmas in my house when I was growing up. 

coffee cake batter

I highly suggest gifting someone a box of their pears this season if you get a chance. And if you get one for yourself, you can make this cake, my holiday greens salad I shared a few days ago and this pear sangria too. 

Things are looking up. 

A pear coffee cake made with brown butter and greek yogurt. It's delicious for breakfast or brunch and the crumb topping is unbelievable.

Coffee cake is already incredible, but in this pear coffee cake, we brown the butter first. Oooooh yes. Brown the butter to get all that golden, caramely flavor into the cake. It doesn’t do anything wild to the cake, but the depth of flavor is heightened. It adds a slight toasted, caramel hint that makes you go… “what is that?!”

I’m here to tell you it’s the brown butter. We should always be browning our butter! 

A pear coffee cake made with brown butter and greek yogurt. It's delicious for breakfast or brunch and the crumb topping is unbelievable.

The other thing I love about this coffee cake? Greek yogurt! There is an entire cup of plain greek yogurt (I love to use 5% or 2%) in the cake and it adds a lovely moistness that can’t be matched. However, you can sub sour cream if you in a pinch. 

A pear coffee cake made with brown butter and greek yogurt. It's delicious for breakfast or brunch and the crumb topping is unbelievable.

Perhaps the best part? This coffee cake can be made ahead of time! Bake it the night before so it’s ready to go in the morning. It would be a wonderful Christmas Eve or Christmas morning breakfast because who doesn’t love coffee cake?

And it makes for a pretty darn good dessert too.

A pear coffee cake made with brown butter and greek yogurt. It's delicious for breakfast or brunch and the crumb topping is unbelievable.

Pear Coffee Cake

Greek Yogurt Pear Coffee Cake

A pear coffee cake made with brown butter and greek yogurt. It’s delicious for breakfast or brunch and the crumb topping is unbelievable.

  • 8 tablespoons 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, (softened)
  • 1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt cream
  • 2 cups peeled and chopped Royal Riviera Pears

crumb topping

  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, (softened)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add the butter to a large skillet or pot and heat it over medium-low heat. Let the butter begin to bubble and whisk occasionally, until brown bits begin to appear on the bottom. Whisk until the butter is slightly golden then remove it from the heat. Pour the butter in a bowl to let it cool to room temperature.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  4. Place the 1 tablespoon of butter in the baking dish and stick the baking dish in the oven for 2 to 3, so the butter will melt while you make the cake.
  5. In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat together the cooled brown butter and the sugar until combined. Add in the eggs one at a time, beating until combined. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  6. Add a third of the dry ingredients, then add half of the yogurt. Add another third of the dry ingredients and the remaining yogurt. Finish the with the remaining dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Stir the pears into the batter with a spatula.
  7. Remove the baking dish from the oven (if you haven’t already) and pour the batter into the buttered dish.
  8. Top with the crumb mixture.
  9. Bake the coffee cake for 4o to 45 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the coffee cake cool completely before serving!

crumb topping

  1. Whisk together the sugar, flour and cinnamon in a bowl. Add the butter and using a fork or your fingers, mix and mash until the butter is combined and the crumb topping is in coarse crumbs, with some bits looking like sand. Sprinkle it over the batter when ready!

[slightly adapted from food network]

A pear coffee cake made with brown butter and greek yogurt. It's delicious for breakfast or brunch and the crumb topping is unbelievable.

Those juicy pears are calling my name! Because cake.

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Your Holiday Greens Salad is Here! This Pear, Gorgonzola and Sweet and Spicy Pecan Salad is Everything.

This pear gorgonzola salad is about to take you through winter! It’s crunchy, savory, slightly sweet and loaded with major flavor. This year, I wanted to give you guys salad ideas that could be used for any meal. Or should I say – FESTIVE salads that could be the starter for any meal. I don’t […]

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This pear gorgonzola salad is about to take you through winter!

This pear gorgonzola is the perfect simple greens salad for the holiday and winter season! Topped with sweet and spicy pecans and champagne vinaigrette!

It’s crunchy, savory, slightly sweet and loaded with major flavor.

This year, I wanted to give you guys salad ideas that could be used for any meal. Or should I say – FESTIVE salads that could be the starter for any meal. I don’t know about you, but we always have a big salad at every family party or gathering. While that tends to consist of the same ingredients over and over, I wanted to come up with some recipes that would be super seasonal – a perfect greens salad for the season!

spring greens and pear for the best holiday salad

I started with my pomegranate greens salad last month. That’s more of a fall/Thanksgiving starter salad, but also works great for a dinner side salad on weeknights! 

So today, we’re going with a pear greens salad, complete with crumbled gorgonzola and sweet and spicy toasted pecans. OH YUM.

These flavors are so delicious together. They are also common pairings this time of year, so I wanted to give you a way to throw the whole thing together yourself!

sweet and spicy pecans

Crunchy pears cut into matchsticks provide the best crisp sweetness. Gorgonzola adds that creaminess we all love. The pecans add more texture along with a bit of sweet and spicy. And then a champagne vinaigrette finishes it off with a bit of acidy tang that is so necessary with greens. 

IT’S FANTASTIC!

This pear gorgonzola is the perfect simple greens salad for the holiday and winter season! Topped with sweet and spicy pecans and champagne vinaigrette!

And I wanted to make sure you had it now, to carry you alllll the way through December and the holiday season. Make it for a work lunch potluck. Make it for Christmas dinner! Or make it on New Years Eve, served in cute little cups along with a bunch of other bite sized snacks. 

You can prep all the ingredients ahead of time and then chop the pears and toss everything together when it’s time to eat. 

This pear gorgonzola is the perfect simple greens salad for the holiday and winter season! Topped with sweet and spicy pecans and champagne vinaigrette!

I’ve made a bacon brussels, pear and blue cheese salad that is a bit more filling than this and more like a meal. It’s more high maintenance since you have to cook the brussels. But the point is that I love these flavors and they can’t be beat! 

This pear gorgonzola is the perfect simple greens salad for the holiday and winter season! Topped with sweet and spicy pecans and champagne vinaigrette!

Pear Gorgonzola Salad

Pear, Gorgonzola and Sweet & Spicy Pecan Salad

This pear gorgonzola is the perfect simple greens salad for the holiday and winter season! Topped with sweet and spicy pecans and champagne vinaigrette!

pecans

  • ¾ cup whole pecans
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

champagne vinaigrette

  • 3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 lemon, (juiced)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, (freshly grated)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

salad

  • 8 cups spring greens
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pears, (any variety, cut into matchsticks)
  • ½ cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese

pecans

  1. Line a plate with parchment paper. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat and add the sugar and cayenne. Once it starts to melt, add in the pecans and toss well to coat. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and remove the pecans, placing them on the parchment. Separate the nuts so they aren’t in one big chunk. Let cool completely before using.

champagne vinaigrette

  1. Combine vinegar, honey, lemon juice, dijon, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl and whisk together. Stream in the olive oil while constantly whisking until the dressing comes together. Store in the fridge for up to one week.

salad

  1. Place the greens in a large bowl and season well with the salt and pepper. Add in the matchstick pears, the pecans and the crumbled gorgonzola. Drizzle on the dressing and serve.

This pear gorgonzola is the perfect simple greens salad for the holiday and winter season! Topped with sweet and spicy pecans and champagne vinaigrette!

Going to eat a bowl of this every night.

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Favorite Pear Salad

Pear Salad with candied walnuts, pomegranate, red onion, crumbled blue cheese, and a simple roasted pear vinaigrette. This festive pear salad is perfect for the holidays! Holiday Pear Salad I love making fun and delicious salads, especially during the …

Pear Salad with candied walnuts, pomegranate, red onion, crumbled blue cheese, and a simple roasted pear vinaigrette. This festive pear salad is perfect for the holidays! Holiday Pear Salad I love making fun and delicious salads, especially during the holiday months. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and every holiday gathering in between requires a GOOD salad. If I…

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La Cidrerie

When I heard about La Cidrerie, I knew I wanted to go there. I like beer, but I don’t have the same capacity for it as locals do; young people in Paris seem to have no trouble polishing off those pint-plus giant glasses of beer that have become ubiquitous on café tables. Cider hasn’t gotten the same attention that beer, wine, and other French beverages…

When I heard about La Cidrerie, I knew I wanted to go there. I like beer, but I don’t have the same capacity for it as locals do; young people in Paris seem to have no trouble polishing off those pint-plus giant glasses of beer that have become ubiquitous on café tables. Cider hasn’t gotten the same attention that beer, wine, and other French beverages have gotten, but that’s changing.

Benoît Marinos is changing that in Paris with La Cidrerie. And you won’t find a better selection of French sparkling ciders anywhere else in Paris, or France. Or maybe the world.

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