Preheat oven to 350F. Peel, core and slice pear. Mix with sugar and nuts and let stand for one hour. Add dry ingredients in order listed to fruit mixture. Beat eggs. Add oil or applesauce, vanilla, and eggs. Stir by hand until well blended. Pour batter into a well greased and floured 9 x 13 x 2 inch oblong pan. Bake at 350F for 1 hour.
Mix an ingredients until crumbly. Sprinkle on cake and bake as directed. Add whipped topping, if desired. Cut in 2 x 2 inch squares to serve.
Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana