Preparation / Directions:
*if using self-rising flour omit Baking powder and salt.
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix 1-1/4 cups sugar, the cornstarch and cinnamon in 2-quart saucepan. Stir in cherries and almond extract. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute. Pour into ungreased 2-quart casserole; keep cherry mixture hot in oven.Cut shortening into flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, the baking powder and salt until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in milk. Drop dough by 6 spoonfuls onto hot cherry mixture.Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown.
Serve warm and, if desired, with Sweetened Whipped Cream.