Taste Tested: Spiced Pear Yogurt Cake

This week, Julia’s taking the cake with a very pear-y fall dessert!


“Coffee isn’t always a must for me…but coffee cake? Yes please! This warm, spicy cake, whose buttery batter comes from this Foodland Ontario recipe, is studded with pears picked at the height of perfection. A�It gets even better on the second, third or even fourth day…if it lasts that long! A�Hosting a coffee klatsch? This recipe easily doubles to accommodate a crowd.”A�

Spiced Pear Cake

Recipe: Spiced Pear Yogurt Cake

The fruit used here is merely a starting point – swap in apples, quinces, frozen wild blueberries or add a swirl of maple syrup to the batter!


  • 1/2 cup plus 1 TBSP Ontario butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large, ripe Ontario pears, peeled and diced
  • 1 1/2 cup Ontario flour
  • 2 Ontario eggs
  • 1 cup Ontario yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and butter 8×8″ baking pan.
  2. Cream together 1/2 cup butter, granulated sugar and 1/4 cup brown sugar.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time and vanilla extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. Incorporate yogurt and flour mixture to the batter, alternating with a third of each mixture at a time.
  6. Add in diced pears.
  7. In small bowl, combine remaining tablespoon of butter, 1/4 cup of brown sugar and spices. Time to get your hands dirty – use your fingers to mix ingredients together and create a crumble.
  8. Spoon half of the batter into the baking pan. Evenly distribute the crumble and spoon the remaining batter over the top.
  9. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 45 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12

About Taste Tested

From the farm to the table, it�s easy to be inspired by Ontario�s endless parade of edibles. WithA�?Taste Tested?, OCTA�s staff are sharing their freshest finds and dishing outA�their favourites of the season. A�Come discover what�s on our table � literally!

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