Walnut Streusel Topped Apple Pear Cake With Maple Glaze

  Autumn in Virginia is a wonderful time of the year!  The leaves are beautiful, the weather is nice, and best of all, the apple orchards are open!  The county I live in has a toooon of orchards to choose from, and I can’t wait to make our annual trip down the road to pick our bucket load of apples we usually end up with.

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  Of course it was raining on the days I wanted to go to the orchard so, I had to run to the grocery to get my apples and pears for this recipe, I was so bummed.  There’s such a big taste difference between locally grown apples and pears compared to the ones you get from the grocery store, they’re just so much better.  Not to mention you’re helping out your local farmers by buying from them! apcake-(7-of-13)

  But, the loaf still turned out tasting wonderful.  That crunchy streusel on top is soooo good with the maple glaze!  This was the perfect thing to eat on a rainy day.

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Walnut Streusel Topped Apple Pear Loaf With Maple Glaze
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For Loaf
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  7. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  8. 1/2 cup white sugar
  9. 1/3 cup apple butter
  10. 2 eggs
  11. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  12. 1 cup pears, chopped and peeled
  13. 1 cup apples, chopped and peeled
  14. 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
For Streusel
  1. 1/4 cup sugar
  2. 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  3. 1/2 cup flour
  4. dash of nutmeg
  5. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  6. 1/2 chopped walnuts
For Glaze
  1. 2 cups powdered sugar
  2. 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  3. 1-2 tablespoons milk
Loaf
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a large loaf pan (or two smaller loaf pans).
  2. 2. Peel and chop the apples and pears, mix in lemon juice to keep from turning brown.
  3. 3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside
  4. 4. With an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, and brown sugar till fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time until incorporated, and scraping down sides each addition. Add vanilla and apple butter and beat till mixed.
  5. 5. Add half the flour mixture, beat 20 seconds, scrape down sides, and add other half, beat another 20 seconds.
  6. 6. Stir the apples and pears into the batter.
  7. 7. Pour into prepared loaf pan(s). Add streusel/walnut on the top, covering completely.
  8. 8. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  9. 10. Remove from pan and let cool on a rack for 25 minutes, then pour the glaze all over.
Streusel
  1. In a bowl, add flour, sugar, and butter. Mix with a fork or pastry blender till crumbly, about 4 minutes. stir in the nutmeg, cinnamon, and nuts.
Glaze
  1. Mix together all ingredients till smooth. Glaze should not be super runny but also not too thick, but somewhere in between.
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