Ingredients

FOR THE PASTRY
1 small egg
60g caster sugar
250g whole almonds
¼ teaspoon salt
50g rice flour
½ teaspoon baking powder (gluten free)
150g cold unsalted butter, cut into 5cm cubes
FOR THE FILLING
150g blanched almonds
100g good-quality white chocolate, chopped
100g unsalted butter, softened
50g caster sugar
3 eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
680g jar cherries, drained (drained weight 420g)
This super-rich, almond-packed tart is great for a crowd and as it is gluten free it’s perfect if you have a guest or two with those needs. Serve warm with cream, or if you chill it you can slice into very thin slices for a larger group.

Instructions

1.To make the pastry, beat together the egg and sugar in a small bowl.
2.Put the whole almonds in a food processor fitted with a metal blade and process until ground.
3.Add the salt, rice flour and baking powder and pulse to combine.
4.Scatter the cubes of cold butter evenly over the mix.
5.Pulse until barely combined.
6.Pour in the egg mixture and pulse until just evenly combined, but not coming together in a ball.
7.Spoon 4 tablespoons of the mixture into a container and set aside. Tip the remaining mixture into a 23-24cm pie dish.
8.Gently press to line the bottom and up the sides of the dish.
9.Place in the fridge for 20 minutes. Heat the oven to 180°C.
10.Line the pastry with non-stick foil and fill with baking beans. Bake for 20 minutes.
11.Place the blanched almonds and chocolate in a food processor and grind to fine crumbs.
12.Add the butter and sugar and mix until pale and creamy, then add the eggs and vanilla and pulse to combine well.
13.Pour the almond mixture into the prepared pastry shell.
14.Arrange the cherries evenly on top and gently press into the mixture.
15.Crumble over the reserved almond pastry mix.
16.Bake for 40 minutes.
17.Serve with unsweetened whipped or clotted cream.

Recipes & food styling Fiona Smith / Photography Aaron McLean Styling Fiona Lascelles

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