Thursday, June 09, 2011

Cherry Almond Crumble

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Every year, around this time, I’m reminded of how much I adore cherries. I forget about them during the long winter, those days when fresh fruit is scarce. Then, as soon as I see them in the grocery store, I snatch them up, not giving a second thought about the $10 price tag.

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I love that not only are they tasty, they are absolutely beautiful. There’s lots of pretty fruit out there, but I think cherries win the beauty contest, hands down. All those shades of red, their shiny skin, their ombre interior.

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Today was the first time this season I seen them in the grocery store, so I grabbed a bag and brought them home to make this crumble. I’m an absolute crumble/crisp fiend, I think it’s the perfect way to bake with fruit. The flavor of the fruit it’s self really shines through, and the crunchy topping only adds to the deliciousness.

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This recipe is loosely based on a recipe for a rhubarb, oat & pecan crumble from one of my favorite cookbooks, Rustic Fruit Desserts. While that recipe sounded great, I knew I wanted to bake with cherries and almonds, so I used it as an outline for what you see here. It turned out wonderfully, cherry and almond go so perfectly together. I used dark brown sugar in the cherries, to add a richer flavor, along with some almond extract.


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This is best served fresh out of the oven, topped with vanilla bean ice cream. Let the ice cream melt into the crumble a little bit, it adds a creaminess that makes it taste even better.

cherry almond crumble

Cherry Almond Crumble
adapted from Rustic Fruit Desserts

Crumble

3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup sliced almonds
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

Cherry Filling

1 1/2 pounds fresh cherries, pitted
1/3 cup dark brown sugar (more or less, depending on your taste)
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Preheat the oven to 350. Butter a 8x8 baking dish (or 3 smaller dishes, like I used here)

To make the crumble, mix the flour, oats, brown sugar, almonds and salt together in a bowl. Stir in the butter, then press the mixture together in your hands to form clumps.

To make the cherry filling, mix together the cherries, brown sugar, almond extract and cornstarch.

Transfer the cherry mixture into the prepared pan and scatter the crumble topping over the top. Bake for about 45 minutes, until the topping is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.

73 comments:

  1. Oh this looks so delicious! Cherries are my favorite summer fruit, I can eat them by the bucketful!

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  2. Beautiful- the cherries, the photography, the crumble and the season!

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  3. That looks absolutely delicious, and I'm not even a fan of cherries! Your photos are gorgeous!

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  4. Yummy! Beautiful! Can't wait to make! I just made a rhubarb crumble...this will have to be next in line! Cheers.

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  5. Sorry, I didn't link up my bog...I'm anonymous above.

    myrecipetolife.blogspot.com

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  6. This looks so delicious. Cherries are one of my favorite fruits and crumbles are one of my favorite desserts - perfect combination!

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  7. Beautiful! I love your photography and can't wait for local cherries. I love making cherry crisps or crumbles too :)

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  8. I've been waiting for this ever since you posted about it on twitter! And you did not disappoint, my dear! Cherries are my absolute favorite and I too will gladly spend $10 on a bag. I love this post and this recipe. It's going on my summer time list! Thanks, Hannah!! xo

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  9. Gotta love a good crumble. I totally agree about buying cherries whenever I see them. Mmmm...my stomach is growling just thinking about it

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  10. Absolutely beautiful photos, you really managed to capture the cherries beauty. I'm a big time fan of fruit crumbles and the like as well! Now I just have to wait for the cherries to arrive over here!

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  11. I love cherries too, - and like you - sometimes I like not thinking about price!!! - Cherry season is later in Dnmark - but we are looing forward to it.

    P.S. Just spend my hollidays in france, where cherry-saison also has arrived :-)

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  12. Cherries are one of my favorite fruits and they are simply beautiful in this dessert. I adore a good crumble like this one.

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  13. I'm a huge fan of any crumble. I still have to wait for local cherries, however the first thing I'm gonna use them for is this crumble. It looks absolutely delectable. I adore all photos in this post. The lighting and colors are wonderful.

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  14. you do dark backgrounds SOOOO well. dang girl. dang.

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  15. Cherry season is so short here in Boston: blink your eyes and you may miss them. Luckily, there is this crumble and super supermarket cherries to console ... wish I had this dessert to top off my night.

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  16. I love the second picture. It looks so dreamy

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  17. Beautiful dessert. I think the whole world is in love with cherries right now that they are in season.

    Maria @ A Platter of Fig

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  18. This sounds wonderful, and I'm also loving cherries right now. I do not care how much they cost.

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  19. absolutely lovely. just lovely. i'm inspired by your photography and the recipe is total comfort food.

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  20. Cherries are my favourite fruit! I will have to try this out! And once again, your photos are awesome!

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  21. Gorgeous photos, Hannah--and I'm loving the new header!!

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  22. Cherries are already in season in your neck of the woods??! I've gotta move. BEAUTIFUL photos, and sounds delicious.

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  23. wish I could eat cherries all year round. these photos are so beautiful

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  24. what gorgeous cherry images ! you're an awesome photographer :D

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  25. i agree, cherries are the prettiest. these shots are gorgeous girl! growing up in california with a produce fiend of a mother, i definitely appreciate when cherry season rolls in...they remind me of summer road trips, spitting the pits out the window and red stained lips! there are few things simpler or more comforting than a crumble, i love your pairing of cherries w/ almond.

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  26. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. It' sad that cherries and other fruit like strawberries and raspeberries cost so much in the grocery stores. I am lucky enough that my parents have a garden with much fruit. Cherries are doing so great this year, that I don't know what to do with them anymore. I made juice/puree and made cherries in syrup, now I'm looking for some cakes, like this one, but I don't think I will be able to use all of them, haha. Thank you again!

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  27. I saw this and went straight into the kitchen to make it. Delicious no doubt. Two fixes though...I used 2/3c of Brown Sugar and for my taste it was far too swet. I will go with less than 1/3 next time. I also used a 2q baking dish. I felt that 3q would be too big and I think I made the right choice to get a nice depth of cherry filling and a good heaping of crumble.

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  28. claire: thank you for the feedback! The recipe is actually supposed to red 1/3 cup, that was a typo on my part.

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  29. I don't know how you managed, but I've been ill because of food-poisoning for two days now, and was just starting to feel better, but not craving any food at all.. But somehow I really want to eat cherries right now.. Must be those great photos!

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  30. To me, this is the perfect dessert. Cherries? Check! Fruit crumble? Check! Melty vanilla bean ice cream? Check! Delicious, and your photos are gorgeous!

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  31. Even if I didn't already have a love affair going with cherries, I probably would after glimpsing your gorgeous photos. Absolutely phenomenal!

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  32. Such a refreshing and healthy breakfast! Love crumbles and this seems too easy and quick to bake with very few ingredients to go in. Glad to came here following a tweet. Love the space.

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  33. I'm in love with your new look and photos! Keep them coming :-)

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  34. Wow! Those are some great photos! I grew up on a cherry farm and can never get tired of eating cherries! They are so delicious and I can't wait to get my hands on some!

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  35. cherries and almonds, my heart just skipped a beat!

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  36. I love any sort of crisp combination and I think you knocked this one out of the ball park. Sensational photos!

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  37. Beautiful photos, love the dark lighting. Not usually a fan of baked fruit but Hannah you've convinced me to give this delicious looking cherry crumble a try! How many people will it serve?

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  38. Fantastic idea! This is finishing in the oven and it smells heavenly. I haven't tried roasting cherries before - we can't wait. Thank you!

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  39. Oh my. This looks so delicious! I must try it soon.

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  40. Beautiful photos. I just bought some cherries myself. I just love rustic looking crumbles and crisps of all sorts. Great idea with the cherries. Thanks for sharing!

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  41. This sounds fabulous! Love your photos, too... They are just beautiful!

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  42. I'm so happy cherries are in season. This looks fantastic, captivating photos!

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  43. beautiful, hannah! currently obsessing over cherries! xo.

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  44. Cherry and almonds together equal pure perfection to me...

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  45. Fabulous! I've already copied it. Black cherries are sooooo good. Love seeing them in a crumble with almonds!

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  46. Hi!

    I am your follower!
    I loved this recipe!! :)
    I really like your blog! Keep up the good work!
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  47. Love the simplicity of this recipe. I am a big fan of crisps too, but have never tried one with cherries. Just came across your site today and am so glad I did.

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  48. Lovely and delicious-sounding. Hannah, you take some awesome cherry pictures! I remember loving them last summer when you featured them on your blog then, and they are lovely now!

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  49. CHERRIES!!!!!

    Nothing beats fresh picked cherries!!!!

    Boohoo it's winter here. No cherries for another 6 months. I'll just drooool over yours!

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  50. Made this yesterday -- it is FABULOUS. Just the right sweetness. Love the almonds. :)

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  51. Cherry season is just getting going here which has me on the look out for cherry worthy recipes. I absolutely love the idea of a cherry almond crumble. Hopefully I'll manage to get a punnet of cherries tonight so I can delve in and enjoy the crumble for dessert.

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  52. This is just the recipe I need right now :)

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  53. this was so good, thank you! kids, parents, husband - everyone loved it! my one year old kept fussing if my mom wasn't fast enough feeding her ;)

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  54. Thanks for this lovely recipe. I found it when I was looking for a cherry jam recipe. I think stumbling upon your delcious blog was the best with this Sunday, I absolutely love it. Thanks again. Will keep reading.

    //Emma from Sweden

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  55. One of my very favorite cookbooks.

    And, Hannah. As usual, your photos and posts make me smile. Well done, friend.

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  56. Bless your heart for sharing your gifts with us. I love your blog, your simplicity and your artistic heart.

    xox
    Kimmie
    mama to 8
    one homemade and 7 adopted

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  57. I'm good at a lot of thing but cooking and baking is just not one of them:( However, having come across this delightful recipe, I just HAD to try it and it was delicious!!! Thank you so much:)

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  58. This is awesome recipe. I've tried this in cheap restaurant in Pattaya, Thailand. That was great there.

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  59. Attractive and delicious-sounding. Hannah, you take some amazing cherry pictures! I keep in mind nurturing them last summer time time when you presented them on your site then, and they are lovely now! Look at search engine optimization service for blogs.

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