Eleanor Maidment’s cherry and almond galette

The almond pastry is simple to make and fabulously crumbly, but you can certainly speed things up by using shop-bought shortcrust pastry instead.

cherry galette
Ellis Parrinder

SERVES 6-8
PREPARE: 45 MINUTES, PLUS CHILLING
COOK: 45 MINUTES

50g unsalted butter, softened
50g caster sugar
50g ground almonds
1⁄4 tsp almond extract
1 tbsp plain flour
1 medium egg, lightly beaten
300g cherries, halved and stoned
1 tsp cornflour
Crème fraîche or vanilla
Ice cream, to serve

ALMOND PASTRY
75g ground almonds
150g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
2 tbsp caster sugar, plus an extra 1⁄2 tbsp for scattering
100g unsalted butter, cubed and chilled

  1. For the pastry, pulse the ground almonds, flour, sugar and a pinch of salt in a food processor to combine. Pulse in the butter until the mixture is like breadcrumbs. Whiz in
    2 tablespoons ice-cold water until the dough comes to a ball (add a splash more water if it’s too dry), then gently bring it together with your hands. Place on a large sheet of baking parchment and cover with another large sheet on top. Press out with your hands to a circle roughly 20cm in diameter. Chill for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and place a large flat baking sheet in the oven to heat up.
  3. For the frangipane filling, using electric beaters, cream the butter and sugar for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Beat in the ground almonds, almond extract, flour and a pinch of salt until combined. Beat in half the egg (save the rest for glazing the pastry).
  4. Roll out the pastry between the parchment to a circle about 30cm in diameter (roughly 3mm in thickness). Lift off the top layer of parchment. Spread the frangipane over the base of the pastry leaving a 5cm border around the edge. Toss the cherries with the cornflour and then pile up on top of the frangipane.
  5. Bring the pastry edges up and around the fruit (don’t worry if it tears a bit, just press it gently together), leaving a gap in the centre so you can see the fruit. Brush the exposed pastry with the remaining beaten egg and sprinkle over the extra half tablespoon of sugar.
  6. Carefully slide the galette, still on the parchment, on to the hot baking sheet. Bake for 40-45 minutes until the pastry is golden and the filling is set. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes (you can serve it warm or at room temperature). Serve with crème fraîche or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Food styling: Sarah Hardy. Styling: Rachel Vere. Creative direction: Chloe Sharp