Recipe

Cherry and almond slice

Crunchy and sweet with a gooey centre.

  • 1 hr 15 mins cooking
  • Makes 16
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This sweet cherry slice with a crunchy almond topping is sure to delight. Cherries add a festive touch to this simple slice that can be made all year.
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (150g) plain flour
  • ½ cup (40g) desiccated coconut
  • 125 grams unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup (75g) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 425 gram can black cherries in syrup
  • ½ cup (110g) caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange rind
ALMOND TOPPING
  • 200 grams unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup (110g) caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup (150g) plain flour, extra
  • 1 cup (120g) almond meal
  • ½ cup (70g) pistachios, chopped
  • 200 marzipan, coarsely grated
  • ¾ cup (60g) flaked almonds
  • icing sugar, to dust

Method

  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 180C (160'C fan forced). Grease a 20cm x 30cm slice pan. Line base and sides with baking paper bringing paper 2cm above side of pan.
    2 Combine the flour, coconut, sugar and melted butter in a medium bowl. Press the flour mixture firmly over base of the prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes or until browned lightly. Cool.
    3 Meanwhile, place the cherries and their syrup and the sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mix corn flour with 1 tablespoon of the cherry liquid and add to the pan. Cook for 2 minutes or until thick. Add orange rind and set aside to cool slightly.
    4 Spread cherry mixture over the base; refrigerate while preparing Almond Topping.
    5 ALMOND TOPPING Beat the butter and sugar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until lightly and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating until just combined. Add the flour, almond meal, marzipan and pistachios and mix to combine.
    6 Spoon Almond Topping over the cherry mixture and carefully spread out evenly. Sprinkle with almonds and baked for 40-45 minutes or until browned.
    7 Dust with icing sugar and cut into bars to serve.
    Suitable to freeze. Not suitable to microwave.

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