|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 4 to 6|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 14g||18%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||27%|
|Total Carbohydrate 63g||23%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||12%|
|Total Sugars 48g|
|Vitamin C 7mg||35%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
When summer comes, it is hard to resist those plump, deep red cherries piled high at the market. But we can eat just so many, right? As delicious as they are, it gets a little tiresome spitting out all those pits. That's when a warm fruit crumble comes into play. Here, fresh, sweet cherries are the star of these individual desserts where the bubbling juicy fruit is covered with a crunchy, buttery brown sugar crumble studded with nuts. Top each crumble with vanilla ice cream for pure perfection.
For the Crumble
Cooking spray, or butter, for the ramekins
4 cups cherries
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
For the Crumble Topping
4 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly spray 4 (7- to 8-ounce) ramekins or 5 to 6 (5- or 6-ounce) ramekins or custard cups with cooking spray. Alternatively, lightly butter bottoms and sides.
Combine cherries, water, sugar, and cornstarch in a medium saucepan and stir to blend. Place pan over medium heat and bring to a simmer.
Reduce heat and continue simmering, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
Divide cherry mixture among ramekins.
Combine topping ingredients in a medium bowl.
Sprinkle topping evenly over each filled ramekin.
Put ramekins in oven with a baking sheet on rack below to catch drips. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until topping is browned and filling is bubbly.
- If you don't have the proper dishes for individual crumbles, you can make one large dessert. Spray or butter a 9 x 13-inch pan and fill with cherry mixture. Then sprinkle the crumble over the entire top. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until the filling bubbles and the topping is golden.
- A crisp is a similar dessert to a crumble (and the terms are interchangeable at times), but it includes oats in the topping mixture. If you would like, add about 2/3 cup of oats to the topping ingredients. Of course, if you have a surplus of other fresh fruits, you can substitute for the cherries. Blueberries, apricots, plums, and peaches are all wonderful options when making a crumble.
The best thing about fresh cherries is how they taste. The worst thing about fresh cherries is that we have to pit them. But there are some tricks to make this tedious job a little easier. There are some good cherry pitters on the market, but if you are not interested in another kitchen gadget, not to worry; there are plenty of items you probably have in the house that will do the job just fine. One is a pastry tip (the metal piece that you put on the end of the pastry bag to pipe frosting). Place it tip-side up on a cutting board and then push the cherry onto it—the pit should pop right out. You can also use a chopstick, pushing it in one end until the pit comes out the other. If the only tool you seem to have is a paperclip, that should work as well; unfold it once (keeping two curved ends) and push it inside the cherry, digging around until the pit comes out.