I love fresh cherries; they are beautiful to look at with rich, red, jewel-like hues and juicy, fresh flavor! Maybe because they are so easy to use as snacks, however, I haven’t used them in cooking. Then there’s also the reality of the pits – making preparation for baking a time-consuming task. So, I searched online for a recipe that would be fairly simple and delicious. What I found, in fact, was a recipe for homemade pie filling that will also work for crisp. And, an accompanying cherry crisp recipe. I made both the filling and the crisp in little over a half hour! (Note: I used frozen cherries for this recipe because I had them in the freezer, but I also purchased a cherry pitter for future recipes.)
|CHERRY FILLING MIXTURE|
I made the Cherry Filling first using the fruit plus fresh lemon juice, sugar, corn starch, water, and almond flavoring. This was combined in a small saucepan and cooked until it was thick, fragrant, and glossy. While that was cooking, I made the Crisp Topping in a frying pan. I melted some butter, then added flour, brown sugar, and oats. The recipe didn’t call for it, but I also added some freshly grated nutmeg for a bit of spicy heat.
|CHERRY CRISP TOPPING|
I decided to cook the crisp on an aluminum foil lined cookie sheet
to make clean up easier. I also sprayed the ramekins with cooking spray
to prevent sticking. Then, I poured the cherry filling into individual ramekins and added the crisp mixture on top. I baked them in a preheated 350-degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until bubbly.
|READY FOR THE OVEN|
Both the homemade Cherry Pie Filling and the Cherry Crisp recipes** (aka Cherry Crisp in a Jar) were very simple to make and full of fresh sweet-tart flavor! I think the crisp would be spectacular topped with Vanilla Bean ice cream. (I halved the recipes** because there are just two of us)
Maybe these recipes could be used for other seasonal fruits like apples, pears, or peaches. I’m going to give it a try! Crisps just might be a nice addition to Afternoon Refreshments at the Scarborough Inn, too!
|BING CHERRY CRISP (ready for ice cream)|
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