BEST CHERRY COFFEE CAKE
I absolutely love to bake. It's most definitely in my top five of self-care practices. My husband never complains when I practice this form of self-care, ha! Having small kiddos means I'm never lacking a 'helper', however one of the stipulations of it falling under the category of 'self care' is that I must do it alone, ha! Last night the kids made cookies & my memory is fresh on why I must go it alone! Not to say they aren't helping me most of the time in the kitchen.
We are homeschoolers & I think baking is an extremely important part of learning composition. Plus, it teaches us that hard work has its rewards!
This recipe is the culmination of requests from my husband & the simplest ingredient recipe I was able to find on Pinterest. I use frozen whole cherries from Trader Joe's (see image below) & .
INGREDIENTS TO ADD TO YOUR SHOPPING LIST.
1 stick of butter
1 cup of sugar
1 t vanilla
1/2 bag frozen cherries
1 & 3/4 cup flour
1 t salt
1/2 t baking powder
PREPARATION & BAKING INSTRUCTIONS.
On most occasions, we like to mix up the dry & the wet ingredients separately. It leaves each kid with one job & I'd like to think it's also how the professionals do it, lol. So I'll combine the flour, baking powder, salt & sift with a fork & set aside.
In a separate mixing bowl I'll combine the stick of butter & sugar using a pastry cutter. I then slowly mix in the eggs & vanilla & then the dry ingredients. I'll combine until it looks like a thicker cake batter.
I use an 8 x 8 Pyrex glass pan & once it's greased, I'll spread 1/2 of the mix onto the bottom. Next, I'll pour the drained cherries on top & then distribute the remainder of the batter. We only use 1/2 the bag of cherries & blueberries are a great substitute.
I'll bake it at 350 degrees for 60 minutes. It's best served a la mode & always with coffee.
I'm discovering what fuels me & I encourage you to find your fuel too. I'm a big advocate on healthy eating but also indulging in the sweetness of life! It's my adopted form of moderation & I truly believe coffee & food are a universal love language & bring people together. So why not embrace the togetherness with some cherry cake a la mode! Enjoy!
With grace & coffee,
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