Cherry Coffee Cake
1 and 1/2 cup of fresh cherries, halved and pitted 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract2 cups of all purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powdera pinch of salt3/4 cup of butter, softened3/4 cup of sugar2 Eggs1/2 cup of milkPreheat the oven to 350F and spray or butter an 8x8 square baking pan.Pit and halve the cherries and set aside. Cream the butter and sugar together until very light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add in eggs one at a time and beat briefly, just to to combine. Add in vanilla extract and beat briefly to combine. Whisk the flour, salt and baking powder together. With the mixer on low speed (or with a wooden spoon), add half the flour mixture and mix just to incorporate the flour. Do not over-mix the dough. Add milk and mix to combine. Add the rest of the flour mixture and mix just to incorporate all the ingredients together. Carefully, fold in the cherries. Bake for 45-60 minutes, until the edges are golden and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.