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Pear Coffee Cake Belle-Helene

Servings: 10
3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
2-1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup milk
4 small ripe Bartlett pears, peeled, cored and cut in half
1/3 cup pecan halves

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (180 C). Beat butter with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Add flour and sugar; beat on low speed until crumbly. Remove 1/3 cup of the butter mixture; set aside. Add baking powder, baking soda, chocolate, egg and milk to remaining butter mixture in bowl. Stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.

2. Spread one-third of the batter into greased 9-inch springform pan. Place pear halves, cut sides down, in a circular pattern over batter. Drop spoonfuls of remaining batter over pears; spread to evenly cover pears. Sprinkle with the reserved crumb mixture and pecans.

3. Bake 1 hour 10 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool.

Makes 10 servings.

Great Substitute
Substitute 2 cans (14 fl oz/398 mL each) pear halves in light syrup, well drained, for the fresh pears.

Healthy Living
This is an indulgence food for special occasions. To reduce the fat in this recipe, substitute margarine for butter, or reduce serving sizes.

Nutritional Information
Serving Size = 1/10th recipe
Calories 435
Total fat 24.3 g
Saturated fat 13 g
Cholesterol 64 mg
Sodium 233 mg
Carbohydrate 52.9 g
Dietary fibre 3.7 g
Protein 6.4 g
Calcium 6 %RDI
Iron 18 %RDI

Source: Kraft Foods Canada
Date: November 6, 2004