Fresh Cherry Crumble or Crisp

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on July 23, 2009

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Its a crisp in America and a crumble in England. But not matter what you call it, this fruity dessert with its addictive, cumb topping is delicious. I used fresh cherries. To pit them, I simply cut around the pit with a sharp paring knife. If you have a cherry pitter, it will speed things up for you. You can use pretty much any fruit you like; apples, strawberries, blueberries, plums or peaches will all be wonderful. My mom was visiting when I made this, so she’s the ‘hand model’ in these pictures :)

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Select fresh, good quality fruit. Wash the cherries and pit them. You dont need any fancy equipment for this, just cut around the pit with a sharp knife. I like to cook the cherries first with some sugar, water and corn starch. This reduces baking time in the oven.

Now top the cooked cherries with the streusel or crumb topping and bake till golden.

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I like to serve this cherry crumble/crisp slightly warm, and with some vanilla bean ice cream. But its just as delicious all by itself!

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Fresh Cherry Crumble/Crisp Recipe
makes 6 small servings

For cherry mixture
2 cups pitted, fresh cherries
2 tbsp sugar (this will produce a mildly sweet crumble. add more sugar if you like)
4 tbsp water
1 tsp corn starch

For streusel or crumb topping
3/4 cup flour
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp white sugar
a pinch of ground cinnamon
a pinch of salt
5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted plus more to butter baking dish

Preheat oven to 400f

Place the pitted cherries and sugar in a saucepan. Cook on medium-high heat for about 4 minutes or untill the cherries are lightly softened. Mix together the corn starch and water and add it to the cherries. Cook for about 1 minute or till the mixture thickens.

To make the streusel or crumb topping, combine the flour, brown and white sugars, cinnamon and salt together. Mix well. Then pour in the melted butter. Using your fingers, rub the butter into the flour until it forms a crumbly mixture.

Lightly butter a baking dish (I used 6 individual sized creme brulee dishes). Divide the cherry mixture among the dishes. Place the crumb topping on top and bake for 15 minutes or till the topping has lightly browned.

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1 Manasi July 23, 2009 at 8:06 pm

We went cherry picking recently and I planned to make a crsip/crumble thing too…if only the car ride was not 3 hours long. The cherries made it home nicely nestled in our tummies :)
I will try this crumble with store bought cherries now. Now that your mom is visiting, are we going to get some ma special recipes?

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Sala (Veggie Belly) Reply:

@Manasi, my mom was here for 10 days and shes left now. Ma special recipes?! lol, no! This ma doesnt cook ;) hehe. But shes a great hand model, she chopped, rolled, stirred and spooned things while I took pictures for the blog. She put up with all my instructions while I was taking the photos – “lift up a bit..now bring the spoon closer to me..no not that close..your pinky is sticking out too much..do it more naturally..you need moisturizer on your thumb!!”

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2 varsha July 23, 2009 at 9:16 pm

yumm..the pics look great Sala..:)

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3 Soma July 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Hand Model …LOL I love these fruit desserts.. I will be really sad when summer is over.. all these cherries & berries will be gone!

BEAUTIFUL pictures!

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4 Dana July 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm

The cherries in Washington state are the best they have been in about 20 years because of all the sun we have had this spring/summer. I just bought some at the Farmer’s market for $2 a pound. Last (wet) year, they were $8/pound on a good day. All this to say, it’s about time I made a cherry dessert, especially now that I am the proud owner of a cherry pitter.

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5 chakhlere July 24, 2009 at 12:26 am

Thats really nice recipe! amazing clicks!! Just too much mouthwatering.

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6 Lubna Karim July 24, 2009 at 12:46 am

Oh wow…….that’s an simple and delightful recipe……must try in my list……feel like digging into right now…..

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7 Memoria July 24, 2009 at 2:01 am

I love how you cook the filling first. Great idea.

I love the photos, especially the third one. Her hands are beautiful.

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8 shaz July 24, 2009 at 2:26 am

That looks so good. Can’t wait for cherry season again (it’s winter now). I had a cherry pitter, used it so often it actually broke! :)

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9 Roses R Red July 24, 2009 at 4:21 am

Lovely pictures. I love crumble! they look delish :)

Rose

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10 Deesha July 24, 2009 at 5:07 am

Hey

Didn’t realize that you have your own domain now .. good job .. nice crumble

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11 nandini.p July 24, 2009 at 10:19 am

they look adorable !!!!.
great clicks.!!!
Just discovered ur new site. Very nice looking and classy web page sala.

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12 lisaiscooking July 24, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Your crisps are just beautiful! The fresh fruit and crumbly topping look mouthwatering-ly good.

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13 Jen @ MaplenCornbread July 24, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Oh WOW! These look great!! I love the individual side to this! beautiful pics!

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14 Esi July 25, 2009 at 12:24 am

I have yet to make any crisps or crumbles this summer, but I think I have to remedy that soon. I want to eat this through my computer screen!

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15 Rosa July 25, 2009 at 5:05 am

What delightful crumbles! Mouthwatering!

Cheers,

Rosa

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16 uma kannan July 25, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Sala, fab pics ! My hand looks’s a bit worn out ! But , Vat the ell !! I am so proud of you Sala !! Keep it up !
love,
Ma

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17 Donalyn July 25, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Had to come and see your yummy looking cherry crisp, after you commmented on my blueberry one. I will be giving this a try for sure – we love cherries almost as much as blueberries.

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18 Sylvie, Rappahannock Cook & Kitchen Gardener July 25, 2009 at 7:19 pm

I use my vegetable peeler to lift the stone from inside the stemmed cherries – that way they look whole. I know… does not really matter for a crisp, but it does for other recipes… and yes, this looks great.

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19 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella July 25, 2009 at 7:42 pm

What stunning photos! They look like they’re from the pages of a high end Gourmet Food magazine. Gorgeous work! :D

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20 Christiane July 25, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Oh, this looks fantastic and incredibly easy to make. I’m definitely bookmarking this!

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21 yasmeen July 26, 2009 at 9:26 am

Delish!Mom’s touch must have added to the yumminess :P

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22 Recipe man July 26, 2009 at 10:31 am

wow! i love a good crumble. so many different ways of making this.
mmm :-)

thanks

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23 Mari at Once Upon a Plate July 26, 2009 at 5:04 pm

Sala, I’m unabashedly DROOLING over your Fresh Cherry Crumble. :)
It is gorgous and so are your magnificent photos. Absolutely excellent presentation.
You are so very, very talented! xo~m

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24 Laavanya July 26, 2009 at 10:22 pm

This looks so tempting – i have a big bunch of cherries, maybe I ought to give this a try – i mostly end up eating fruits as is.

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25 Joanna in the kitchen July 27, 2009 at 4:32 am

Your crumble look amazing. I adore this dessert. But I like to add a spoon of real butter to the fruits it give a better texture and sometimes I also add liqueur for an extra flavour :-)

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26 Jeena July 27, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Fabulous blog your pictures are beautiful, love this cherry recipe I would be back for a second serving.

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27 Sharmilee December 14, 2009 at 1:18 am

Colorful and neat presentation, looks yum yum!

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28 Seth Russell August 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I tried it with soft margarine and my topping ended up being hard and doey. Then i remade it with unsalted melted butter and it came out delicious. I still need to learn to break up the crumbles so they are light and flaky like yours. See it on my blog here http://fastblogit.com/permalink/?item=15439

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29 rachel January 10, 2012 at 9:04 pm

i found this on Pinterest and im dying to try it!! But do you or anyone else have the nutritional information for these puppies?? Sounds super healthy but i ve been fooled before! thanks!

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30 massageon August 15, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Just made this recipe for my family. Delicious! Simple, let’s the ingredients speak for themselves!

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