I posted earlier about how we had picked tons of cherries last week. We have been steadily making progress on processing all of them before they go bad, and one of the things I decided to make after a long day of pitting and freezing cherries for the wine and mead my dad is planning to make was a cherry crumble.
I love to make pies, but didn’t want the fuss of making a dough. After standing all day, everyday, the last week… I needed something quick and easy. Something that would bake while I threw together dinner. I thought that the crumble would be perfect.
And it was. This is probably the best crumble I have ever made. It was not too sweet, it was delicate and crunchy and crumbly… it was heavenly. I whipped up (ha!) a batch of whipped cream to serve on top (heavy whipping cream, a splash of vanilla extract, a sprinkle of sugar, and if you’re feeling feisty a little honey) and topped it with an intact cherry. It was divine, and definitely going in the ‘to keep’ folder.
Recipe: Sweet Cherry Crumble, adapted from: Heather’s Bytes
For the cherry filling:
1 c. fresh sweet cherries
2-6 TBS sugar, to taste
A spoonful of honey
2 TBS lemon juice
1 tsp cornstarch
a splash of almond extract
For the crumble:
1 stick unsalted butter
1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
6 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/4 – 1/2 tsp cinnamon (to taste)
1/8 teaspoon salt
Filing: Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat on medium-medium high, stirring and crushing the cherries slightly until the mixture is thick and begins to simmer. Take off the head and set aside while you make the crumble.
Crumble: Combine all the dry ingredients in a small bowl. Mix completely, and then add the melted butter, stirring until it is evenly distributed. Take 2/3 of the crumble mixture and press into a 9″ pie pan. Pour the filling over the pressed crumble, and then top with the reminder of the crumbled, making sure to spread it evenly over the top. Bake at 375 degrees fahrenheit for 3-40 minutes, or until the crumble is golden brown. Enjoy!