Photo © Madeleine Hill
Huguenot Torte with Cherries
- ACTIVE: 30 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 30 MIN
- SERVINGS: 6
The achingly perfect, meringue-like mantle of this classic pie is almost identical to the classic 19th-century Russian dessert referred to as Fallen Ruins. Fallen desserts resemble a hot mess when they are served, but you will want to make this for your family again and again. It proves that visual perfection isn’t a prerequisite for eating pleasure.
Softened unsalted butter, for greasing
1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
2 large eggs
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 pound sweet cherries, pitted and halved
Vanilla ice cream, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 325°. Butter a 2-quart oval baking dish. Spread the almonds on a large rimmed baking sheet and toast for about 10 minutes, until light golden; let cool completely. Leave the oven on.
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs until frothy. Whisk in both sugars along with the vanilla and almond extracts, then whisk in the flour, baking powder and a generous pinch of salt. Fold in the cherries and 1 cup of the toasted almonds. Scrape the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
- Bake the torte for about 50 minutes, until the top is browned and crisp. Let cool for 20 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream and the remaining 1/2 cup of toasted almonds.