Fresh Cherry Coffee Cake

posted by Schmitty 07-20-99 3:14 AM

Fresh Cherry Coffee Cake

1 cup butter or margarine softened
1 1/3 cups sugar divided
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
2 eggs
1 cup dairy sour cream
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups chopped fresh sweet cherries, pitted and halved
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Struesel topping (recipe follows)

Cream butter, 1 1/4 cups sugar, vanilla and lemon peel. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add sour cream, mix thoroughly.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to creamed mixture - beat til smooth. Combine cherries, pecans, remaining sugar and cinnamon.

Spread half of batter in prepared 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan; spoon cherry mixture over batter. Spread remaining batter over top. Sprinkle with streusel topping.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes or til wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Streusel Topping:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup softened butter or margarine
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine ingredients and mix thoroughly.

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