Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Cherry Crisp

This week's TWD was chosen by Like Sprinkles On a Cupcake.
The rhubarb season is long gone here and I did not have any stashed away in the freezer like some of TWD members. But I found the tastiest cherries at the grocery store and I went to work to pit it with a pitter. I have pitted cherries with a knife in the past and what a waste of time it was. The $12.00 I spent on the heavy duty cherry pitter was totally worth it!

I had made mini cobblers last month and was not keen in making it again. I was hankering for some fruits crisp and that it is what I ended up making The recipe for the fruit filling was from Dorie's book and it can be found here. I made the crisp topping with some of my favourite ingredients - brown sugar, butter, sweetened shreds of coconut and a dash of aromatic Tahitian vanilla. I baked it till the tops are brown, around 30 minutes in a 375 degree oven. The tops were golden brown and and the fruits held their shape ( I am not a big fan of mushy baked berries). The baked crisp had a hint of almond flavour to it although I did not add any almond extract to topping of the filling. The verdict - a great dessert to make with minimum effort - a winner in my books. And it more than satisfied my craving! Below is the recipe for the crisp topping.

Crisp Topping
1 stick butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
4 tb all purpose whole wheat flour
1/2 cup shredded sweet coconut

Add all ingredients together and cut into flour with two forks until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over fruit filling.


Engineer Baker said...

Ooo - that cherry crisp looks fantastic! Great way to get around making multiple mini cobblers week after week :)

CB said...

Way to make it your own. Yummy crisp! Great job!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Patricia Scarpin said...

Maya, I love cherries and this looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

Did you leave more of this in the fridge? :-9

Suganya said...

I totally *love those ramekins. My cobblers always bubble up like a volcano. How come yours are clean? :D

My Sweet & Saucy said...

What a great dessert!

Monika Dubska said...

that looks so professional & tasty!:)
great blog & hope to hear from you soon,

Monika ♥

Jeanine said...

Those are some delicious looking crisps! Wonderful job!

Madam Chow said...

A crisp was a great idea!

Shari said...

A cherry pitter was a useful gadget this week! I agree. Your cobbler/crisp looks delicious!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

Kevin said...

That looks really good. I like the serving dish.

Suma Rajesh said...

woo..looks fantastic and creative...luved ur presentation...

Maya said...

engineer baker -
And this is also fills the crisp quota at my house!

cb - I can be such a rebel at times ;)

Patricia - Thanks!! It looks like you have been busy baking too, all those cakes!

Brad - No, cause you have finished them all.

Suganya - Check out the other cobbler that I posted last month - it bubbled all over - very food porny!!

Maya said...

My sweet amp & saucy - Thank you!

Monika Dubska - stop by anytime!!

jeanine - Thank you.

Madam Chow - Yes, I agree. It is a much lighter dessert.

shari - I have had a plastic pitter in the past but it broke soon after I bought it. So, this time I hunted for a sturdy pitter - I looked for a month!

Maya said...

Kevin - Thanks Kev!!!!

suma rajesh - Thanks for stopping by.

farida said...

Crisp indeed! Looks so delicious! It's great that cherry season is till in full swing!

Barbara said...

Thanks for the recipe for your crisp topping -- it sound wonderful!

Jude said...

Great idea with adding the coconut to the topping. It makes for an interesting taste and texture when browned