Michigan Cherry Crisp

18 Feb

cherry crisp

February is National Cherry Month here in our United States of America. Today also happens to be Presidents Day and though George Washington’s birthday isn’t until the 22nd, why not celebrate with this cherry delight? If you’re unfamiliar with the legend of George Washington and the cherry tree, please click here. The moral of the fable emphasizes the importance of being honest. Being true to ourselves as well as honest with loved ones and the universe that surrounds us can be challenging at times but essential to our survival. So, be honest with yourself and admit that you want to try this recipe for dessert this evening if not sooner!

I first made this up to take to our friends’ home for Christmas dinner. The man of the house is a professional baker and he liked it so I’d say it was a success! I had a couple of cans of Michigan tart cherries that were perfect for this.

Time: 10 min prep, 40 min cook                  Serves: 6-8

Ingredients


  • Topping


  • 1 cup AP flour
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • Filling


  • 4 cups sour pitted cherries (I used canned but fresh or frozen work also)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch

How to make it


  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Topping


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cut in butter until crumbly.
  • Filling


  • In a separate large mixing bowl, combine cherries, sugar, and cornstarch. Stir well.
  • Pour into 8×8 glass dish. Add topping. Place in oven and bake for 40-50 minutes, until top is golden brown.
  • Best served warm with vanilla ice cream.
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