Ginger-Pear Coffee Cake

Ginger-Pear Coffee Cake

"Chock-full of diced pears, raisins, walnuts and spices, this coffee cake ring from our Test Kitchen is a real taste treat."
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45 m servings
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Original recipe yields 14 servings

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  1. In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add buttermilk, sugar, butter, salt and 1-1/2 cups flour. Beat in just until moistened. Add egg; beat for 2 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with nonstick cooking spray, turning once to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  2. For filling, combine the first seven filling ingredients. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 16-in. x 9-in. rectangle. Spread butter over dough. Sprinkle pear mixture to within 1/2 in. of edges. Sprinkle with sugar. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with long side; pinch seems to seal. Place seam side down on a baking sheet coated with nonstick cooking spray. Pinch ends together to form a ring.
  3. With scissors, cut from outside edge to two-thirds of the way toward center of ring at 1-in. intervals. Separate strips slightly; twist to allow filling to show. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 50 minutes. Brush dough with egg. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  4. For glaze, combine confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve drizzling consistency. Drizzle over ring.


  • Warmed buttermilk will appear curdled.
  • Nutritional Analysis: One piece equals 243 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 222 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fruit, 1 fat.


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I made this for a brunch and it was wonderful. I made no changes to the recipe and two days later I was asked to bring something "FUN" to an evening coffee. I made it again but seeing as I had r...


Very good and pretty easy. I used omitted the raisins and walnuts. For the fruit I used 2 pears, 1 peach and about 1 1/2 cups dried apricots... next time I would definitely use more fruit, may...

I made this hubby and kids really really liked it. I will make it again it's a perfect after school snack. However, the ingredients for the dough don't list an egg, but in the directions it says...

This turned out wonderfull! Looks very pretty on the table and tastes great. The only thing I would change is the amount of fruit. I will double it next time.

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