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Fresh cherries are irresistible but it can be hard to find recipes other than pie. This coffee cake is delicious for breakfast or dessert. It can be dressed up with a sprinkle of powdered sugar or a drizzle of almond glaze.


  • 1 pound fresh cherries, washed and pitted
  • 1 cup blanched almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  • Coat a 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray, dust with flour.
  • Reserve 1/4 cup chopped almonds with 1 teaspoon sugar and transfer remaining almonds to the bowl of a food processor.
  • Add flour, baking powder, and salt to the nuts and process until finely ground.
  • Cream together butter and sugar in the bowl of your mixer.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Add extracts and pulse to mix.
  • Fold in the dry ingredients, half at a time, just until mixed.
  • Transfer batter to the baking pan, top with cherries and then sprinkle reserved nuts and sugar over the top.
  • Bake at 375 F for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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