In large bowl, whisk eggs with half and half, 1/2 cup sugar and almond extract until blended.
Stir in pie filling, bread, dried cherries (or cranberries) and chocolate chips.
Transfer to prepared 6-cup baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar. Cover; refrigerate 30 minutes to 12 hours. If refrigerated more than 30 minutes, let stand at room temperature 20 minutes before baking.