cherry vanilla breakfast cake

yields 16 small slices

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 T baking powder

1 cup sweet cherries, pitted (you could also try blackberries or blueberries here)

1 cup buttermilk

2 eggs

4 T melted butter

1 vanilla bean, scraped of seeds (or 2 tsp vanilla extract)

vanilla sugar to sprinkle on top

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter and flour a nine inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Whisk together well then set aside.

Beat the eggs until foamy, add the vanilla bean seeds (or extract), buttermilk and melted butter. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until combined. Batter will be thick; be careful not to over-mix.

Spread batter into baking pan and sprinkle cherries over top, pressing in gently. Sprinkle an additional tablespoon of sugar over the cake and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden and the sides begin to pull away from the pan.