This coffee cake is something my Mom started making when I was in high school or so and I thought it was wonderful. The way the fruit is arranged on top always makes it turn out so pretty too. I remember making it for David when we were dating and eating it for Sunday morning breakfast on the patio. It really is delicious and looking at these pictures makes me want to make it again!
The original recipe calls for peaches and plums but I only ever really remember eating it with peaches. After having some cherry peach pie and happening upon a can of cherries in the mark down I thought I would give that combination a try. It was really good, but the peaches alone also suit me just fine.
Peach and Cherry Almond Cake
1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter (softened)
1 cup and 2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp lemon zest, optional
1/4 tsp almond extract
2-4 peaches (cut in 3/4" slices)
tart cherries (pitted)
powdered sugar, optional
Beat butter and 1 cup sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time until well blended. Beat in lemon and almond. Beat in dry ingredients until just blended. Scrape into greased 9" springform pan and spread evenly. Arrange peach slices and cherries in a circular pattern. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tbsp of sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 5 minutes or until toothpick comes clean. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.
Enjoy for breakfast or dessert!