Thursday, July 17, 2008
i'm in love...
...with this cherry dessert that is! My neighbor from just down the street has cherry trees. This last weekend he offered me some of his latest sweet & sour tasting red fruits. Oh, was I excited to try a new recipe!?! He brought them to my house and within 90 minutes I had thrown together this delicious cherry crisp dessert! I'm not a huge cherry fan. Actually, you could say most the time I don't like cherries at all. When I eat cherry cheesecake I take out the cherries themselves and use the syrup part of the cherry topping. When a recipe calls for cherry I usually replace it with strawberries or raspberries. When I go home for dinners at my grandparents I get really bummed when I see she made cherry pie and not apple pie. However, I watched my neighbor's cherry tree blossom this spring 9beautiful!) and every day I drive by I see the little cherry's start from beginning to today...ready and ripe and time to pick. Something about the home-grown, local, pesticide free, neighborly, up on a ladder picking yourself, and fresh feeling came over me and excited me to bake with these yummy looking berries (are they a berry or a fruit?). Anyways...I made this recipe below and it was YUMMY! I loved it so much I am baking it again today! I shared the first batch with the neighbor's across the street and behind us and they all asked for the recipe...so, since I am on a new recipe kick this summer I thought I would share my latest fav with you all. I hope you like it as much as we all did...it is best eaten warm right out of the oven. Can't wait for my oven to ding so I can take a bite again!! Happy cherry picking to you at your local neighborhood tree or your local grocery store :)
ingredients: 4 cups pitted sour cherries. 1 1/2 cups white sugar. 4 tablespoons flour. Handful of chocolate chips. 1 1/2 cups flour. 1 cup old fashioned oats. 1 cup brown sugar. 1/2 cup butter. 1/2 cup margarine.
directions: In a bowl combine cherries, 1 1/2 cups white sugar, and 4 tablespoons flour. Pour into 9 by 13 baking dish. Sprinkle chocolate chips through-out on top of cherries. Next, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, oats, and brown sugar. Cut butter and margarine into this mix until crumbly. Sprinkle over cherries. Bake in preheated oven at 375 for 45 minutes or so (until golden brown on top)