A gratin is commonly thought of as something with a cheese topping, but in French cooking a gratin can be anything baked in a round vessel or gratin dish. Feel free, however, to use any baking dish of similar size to that specified. You may have to adjust cooking time.

one 10-1/2″ round baking dish
unsalted butter for preparing the baking dish
1-1/2 lbs cherries, pitted
1/2 c (4 oz) goat cheese
1/3 c sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 c finely ground almonds (blanched, if you like)
pinch of salt
1/2 t vanilla extract
1/2 t almond extract
confectioner’s sugar, for dusting the gratin (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Put an oven rack in the center of the oven.

2. Butter the baking dish. Arrange the cherries in a single layer.

3. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the remaining ingredients except the confectioner’s sugar and process to blend. Pour the mixture over the cherries.

4. Place the baking dish in the center of the oven. Bake until the gratin is firm and a deep golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove to a rack to cool. Dust lightly with confectioner’s sugar, if desired, and serve in wedges.