Gluten Free and Vegan Pear Coffee Cake

Gluten-free and vegan pear coffee cake Beth Hilson from Gluten-free MakeoversAs a baker, I am reluctant to let go of certain sacrosanct ingredients. Eggs are one of those precious commodities. Then a colleague who is gluten and egg-free asked me if I could convert a coffee cake recipe so she could enjoy, too. I recalled that, back in the days when I owned the Gluten-Free Pantry, I had made many recipes where I replaced eggs with silken tofu, flax gel (1 tablespoon flax meal with 3 tablespoons of hot water) or even with applesauce. I dug out my favorite coffee cake recipe, already gluten-free, and went to work. The results are delicious. Recipe and photo contributed by Beth Hillson, author of Gluten-Free Makeovers.*

This stunning coffee cake uses soy (or coconut) yogurt and pear puree. The yogurt adds back some of the protein from the eggs and the pear puree, like applesauce, contains pectin which tenderizes the cake.  I added a little bit more baking powder to help it rise, usually another job done by the eggs. This is comfort food at its best and begs for a cup of coffee or tea. I also like to make this with apples and applesauce.
Yield: One 9-inch round cake

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 
1 ½  cups All-purpose Gluten-Free Flour Blend
  • 
½ cup sorghum flour
  • 2 teaspoons xanthan gum*
  • ½ teaspoon salt*
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 
1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 
1½ cups soy or coconut yogurt (flavored yogurt works well)
  • 
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 
4 tablespoons pureed baby pear puree or unsweetened applesauce
  • 
½ cup peeled and chopped ripe Bartlett, Bosc or red pears, or diced canned pears
  • Crumble Topping (below)

Preheat the oven to 325°F and lightly oil a 9-inch springform pan.

Combine the sugar, flour blend, sorghum flour, xanthan gum, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl. Set aside.

Combine the yogurt, vegetable oil, and pear puree in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Add the dry ingredients and beat until smooth.  Fold in chopped fruit.

Spoon half the batter over the bottom of the prepared pan and smooth to the edges of the pan.  Cover with half of the crumb mixture. Spoon the remaining batter over the crumb topping and smooth to the edges. Sprinkle the remaining topping over the top.

Bake 50 to 55 minutes, until cake tester comes out clean and center springs back when gently touched. Cool 10 minutes in the pan. Remove the rim of the pan and cool completely on a wire rack. Serve.

*If your all-purpose blend contains salt and gum, omit the salt and reduce the gum to ½ teaspoon.

Crumble Topping
½ cup rice flour
½ cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons non-dairy buttery spread, at room temperature

Combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and salt in a large bowl. Mix well. Add the butter and use fingertips or a fork to mix just until crumbly.

This can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Beth Hillson is the author of Gluten-Free Makeovers.* Visit her blog for more recipes and insights on gluten-free living.

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One comment on “Gluten Free and Vegan Pear Coffee Cake

  1. Elizabeth

    This looks good. I have lots of pears yet. I would not bother with the GF stuff. What is sorghum flour? Is that just part of the GF alterations? I would just use regular UBAP flour for all the flour?

    All these GF recipes use xanthum gum. It is just something added to a lot of processed foods so that they can use cheaper ingredients. Now I just heard that it was discovered in the 50’s and is made from the slime that develops on your vegetables, like cucumbers, as they sit too long in your produce drawer. Double ick.

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