Total: 1 hr 25 min (includes cooling time)
Active: 20 min
Yield: 10 servings
Nonstick cooking spray
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup dried tart cherries
1 tablespoon orange zest
1/2 cup sliced almonds, with skins
1 to 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar or raw
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 10-inch cast-iron skillet with nonstick cooking spray, then line the skillet with a parchment circle. Spray the parchment with more cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, stir the granulated sugar into the melted butter. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Sift the flour and salt onto the batter. Add the almond extract, dried cherries and orange zest and stir well. Pour the batter into the skillet. Top with the sliced almonds and the turbinado sugar. Bake until slightly brown on top, about 35 minutes. Cool the shortbread in the skillet. When cool, cut into wedges.
Adapted from "Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen" by Trisha Yearwood © Clarkson Potter 2008. Provided courtesy of Trisha Yearwood. All rights reserved.