Recently, Whole Foods asked if I’d like to help them celebrate cherry season by baking something delicious with their organic cherries. Cherries? And Whole Foods? Of course, I said yes!
I have to tell you that I had a difficult time narrowing down what I wanted to bake with those gorgeous cherries. I thought of some far more elaborate desserts, but ultimately I reasoned that the best way to use such lovely cherries was to make something that would really let you enjoy their flavor. That led to this wonderfully delicious crumble!
This crumble is so simple to make and a true pleasure to eat. The topping is wonderfully crunchy and crispy with plenty of oats, almonds, and brown sugar. Underneath that is a simple combination of cherries, sugar, and a hint of cinnamon and vanilla.
I must tell you that this has become an instant summer favorite for me and Quinn. A bowl of this crumble with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream is pretty much perfect!
Yield: 8 to 10 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Cherry-Almond Crumble is a simple and delicious combination of fresh cherries and a sweet, nutty crumb topping.
For the filling:
- 1 & 1/2 pounds cherries, rinsed and pitted*
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the crumble:
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup almonds, finely chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes
To make the filling:
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly butter a 9-inch round baking pan.
- Combine the cherries, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and vanilla. Set aside while you make the crumble.
To make the crumble:
- Combine the flour, brown sugar, oats, almonds, and salt. Add the butter and mix with a pastry blender, a fork, or your fingers until the mixture forms crumbs.
- Transfer the cherry mixture to the prepared pan. Sprinkle the crumb evenly over the cherry mixture.
- Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until the filling is bubbly and the topping is golden brown.
- Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled. Top with ice cream!
*I used a combination of different cherries. Just use your favorite or combine varieties! I also used them whole, but feel free to chop them if you prefer.
Whole Foods is giving one Bake or Break reader $50 in Whole Foods gift cards! You could buy your own fresh cherries or stock up on baking ingredients or pick up some great dinner options. I tend to want to get one of everything when I shop there, and I’m betting I’m not alone!
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