Luscious little, colorful orbs bursting with complex flavor, cherries are a versatile fruit in both sweet and savory dishes. Perfectly capable of shining all on their own, they can also stand up to a myriad of flavors. This easy-to-make, rustic dish is a classical pairing of Kirsch-kissed cherries with an almond topping, baked to crispy perfection.
To our delight, our cherry tree was bursting with fruit this year. After pitting all of the cherries (not a task I always relish), I reserved some for jam, some for this baking and froze the rest. Ahh, life is good!
After coating the pitted cherries with sugar and Kirch, I move on to the topping. The almond paste is mixed with the brown sugar until crumbly. With my love of everything marzipan, it took every bit of discipline I could muster not to devour the entire bowl. After the egg, flavoring extracts and almond flour are mixed in, the batter is spooned over the cherries.
Pop it in the oven and bake until golden brown.
Tender cherries, full of an earthy sweetness and subtle tart flavor pair perfectly with the crisp, buttery almond crust. Adding a bit of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream makes it sublime. Enjoy!