Pear and Apple Crumb Cake

I remember having crumb cake as a kid and loving it. The tender cake and crunchy topping seemed the perfect combination to me. Even today I would rather have a crumb topping on a cake than frosting. This recipe hits all the right notes. Sweet with pear and apple chunks throughout, and that crunchy topping that I love. If you prefer, you can also make the cake with all apples or all pears- just have 2 cups of chopped fruit, in total.

Pear and Apple Crumb Cake

Pear and Apple Crumb Cake

Pear and Apple Crumb Cake

For cake batter:

2 c. flour

2 t. baking powder

½ t. salt

½ stick (¼ cup) butter, softened

¾ c. sugar

1 egg

½ c. milk

1 c. chopped peeled, cored apples*

1 c. peeled, cored and chopped pears*

For topping:

½ c. sugar

¼ c. flour

½ t. cinnamon

½ stick (¼ c. butter, chilled and cut into bits)


Combine dry ingredients and set aside. In mixing bowl with electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and milk. Add flour mixture gradually until just mixed in. Fold in fruit. Grease and flour an 8 or 9-inch pan and add prepared batter. Combine topping ingredients until they resemble coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over batter in pan and bake in a preheated 375-degree oven and bake for 35-45 minutes. Use toothpick to test.

Note: I used a 9-inch square pan and it worked fine.

*You can also use all pears or all apples, if you prefer.

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