1. Preheat oven to 450°.
2. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, 5 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl; stir with a whisk. Cut in butter using a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sitr in cherries and chocolate.
3. Combine egg, 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons milk, and almond extract, stirring well with a whisk. Add milk mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. (Dough will be sticky.)
4. Pat dough into an 8-inch circle with floured hands on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cut dough into 12 equal wedges, cutting into but not through dough. Brush top of dough with remaining 1 tablespoon milk, and sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon sugar and almonds.
5. Bake at 450° for 15 minutes or until golden brown.