Caramel Pear Swirled Streusel Babka

Pears are such an underrated fruit that deserve to be the star of a treat like this.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Rising Timr 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 loaves


  • 2 cups warm almond milk not hot (you can substitute any plant-based milk)
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 4 1/2 - 5 cups all purpose flour


  • 1/2 cup 1 stick vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups flour

Pear filling:

  • 5 ripe medium pears peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup dairy free caramel sauce divided (I used this one)


  1. Dissolve yeast in milk and allow to sit for about 5 minutes until bubbly. Pour into a large mixing bowl and beat in sugar. Stir in melted coconut oil, salt, then about 4 cups of flour until your dough comes together.
  2. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes, adding more flour as needed. Place in a greased bowl, cover with damp towel, and leave in a warm place to rise until doubled in size.
  3. While dough is rising make pear filling and streusel. For the streusel, cream butter and sugars until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and mix until well combined. Set aside.
  4. For pear filling, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add pears and coconut oil. Saute until pears are cooked and tender, about 6 minutes then add 1/2 caramel sauce, reserve the rest, and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes until thickened. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. When dough is ready, grease 2 regular sized loaf pans with oil and divide dough in half. Roll out each half of dough on lightly a floured surface into rectangles roughly 8 x 14 inches. Spread 1/4 cup of reserved caramel sauce on each. Sprinkle pear mixture over it, followed by 1/4 of the streusel. Roll (long ends) from one side to the other with crease side down. Now cut a slit longways down the centers of each, leaving about 1 1/2 inches on the ends. Take one end and flip it backwards and pull through the slit and back out. Do the reverse on the opposite end by pulling it down and then up from underneath through the center. Place babkas in loaf pans. Crumble remaining streusel over tops and place in a warm place to rise while oven preheats.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Bake for 45 - 55 minutes until golden. Cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting.