Cherry Vanilla Crisp

I love, love, looooove a good blueberry or blackberry crisp. Chuck however, prefers strawberries and cherries. So this past Friday, I decided to try something different and ended up making a cherry crisp for him. I like cherries, they’re great, but in a crisp? So good.

I couldn’t find the blueberry crisp recipe I used in the past, so this was a mix of several recipes I found online and off memory. First, mix 6c of cherries (I used frozen because why waste perfectly delicious fresh, organic cherries in a crisp when frozen will do???) with 1/2c of white sugar, 2tbsp of flour, and 2tsp of vanilla:

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By the way, yes – that is a sneaky little toddler hand grabbing frozen cherries covered in sugar. 🙂 She kept eating them, so I had to try one too. They were so good! Frozen cherries + sugar + vanilla = ridiculous deliciousness!

Next, prepare the oatmeal mixture by combining 1c of oats, 1c brown sugar, 1/2c of flour (I used white whole wheat), 1tsp of vanilla, and just a pinch of salt. Then, cut in 1 stick of cold butter. You can use a pastry cutter, but it’s just so much easier using your hands. You’ll end up with something like this:

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It doesn’t look that great but it should smell pretty amazing… You’ll want to make sure the butter is really worked into everything and that you don’t have a lot of flour or dry, crumbly pieces remaining.

Dump the cherries into a large baking dish. The actual size of the dish honestly doesn’t matter. Just be sure to not use anything too small, like an 8×8 dish. Otherwise, you’ll probably end up with a bit of a mess in the oven with the fruit bubbling over. (I used this 14″ baking dish.)

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Then, add the oatmeal mixture on top, spreading and pressing it down slightly.

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Finally, place it in the middle rack of the oven until the fruit is bubbling out from the sides and the topping is golden brown (about an hour). It should end up looking something like this crazy delicious mess:

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This was so good warm, especially served with some vanilla ice cream 🙂 :

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However, I think I actually preferred it the next day warmed up a bit. The cherries sort of set in and I think all the flavors developed and came together over night. Maybe this was all in my head? In either case, it was delicious.

Chuck thought the dish was perfect as is, but I would consider adjusting the white sugar in the cherry mixture down 1/4c. Although I thought the dish as a whole was really good, I found the cherries almost too sweet vs just sweet enough. I’d also like to play around with the amount of butter. Perhaps substituting a portion of it with a healthier fat alternative like, coconut oil. Anyways, baby steps.

Ingredients

  • 6c of cherries (though any berry will do), fresh or frozen
  • 1/2c of white sugar
  • 1/2c plus 2tbsp of flour
  • 3tsp of vanilla
  • 1c of rolled oats
  • 1c of brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 of butter (1 stick)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º
  2. For the cherry mixture, combine 6c of cherries, 1/2c white sugar, 2tbsp flour, and 2tsp of vanilla in a large bowl
  3. For the oatmeal mixture, combine 1c of oats, 1c brown sugar, 1/2c flour, 1tsp of vanilla, and a pinch of salt in another large bowl
  4. Cut the butter into the oatmeal mixture using a pastry cutter or your hands and incorporate well
  5. Place the cherry mixture into a large baking dish
  6. Spread the oatmeal mixture on top and press down slightly
  7. Bake in the middle rack until the cherries bubble and the topping is browned (about an hour)

 

 

 

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