Fresh cherries and blueberries topped with an oatmeal cookie crumble and baked until golden and crunchy! The perfect summer dessert for all of that beautiful fruit! Perfect for topping with ice cream.
Now, this is a little embarrassing.
This is the first time I’ve made anything with fresh cherries.
And I don’t just mean the first time I’ve made anything for the blog, I mean the first time Ever Ever.
We just didn’t have a lot of cherries around growing up – it’s not like they’re something that’s abundant here. And they’re rarely available and pretty much always expensive.
And I actually wasn’t planning on making anything with cherries for the blog this summer at all, but I keep seeing them pop up on Instagram…. And Facebook….. and Pinterest…… and when I passed the display at the grocery store and they were “on sale”, I just couldn’t walk by.
They’re just so darn pretty!
And it turns out they’re also pretty tasty.
I think one of the reasons I’ve never been brave enough to really experiment with cherries is because I detest maraschino cherries. I kind of think they’re gross and rubbery. I don’t eat fruit cake. I don’t eat anything with maraschino cherries in it.
I do, on the other hand, like cherry pie filling. Quite a lot.
So I figured I probably would actually like a nice, warm, gooey cherry pie with ice cream quite a lot.
But, you know how it goes. It’s summer. Do I want to make pie crust? Eh…. Not really.
And crisp trumps pie in my book anyday.
How about you? Would you rather a fruit crisp or a fruit pie? Or maybe more important, would you rather make a fruit crisp or a fruit pie? For me, streusel/crumble/crisp trumps everything.
I try to be pretty good about planning ahead to bring you posts that are relevant when I post them, but this recipe I created on a whim. I threw some berries and some other random things in a bowl. Then I threw some butter and some other things in another bowl. I combined them. I baked them.
And we were totally blown away by the results! I might just be a true fresh cherry convert. And the streusel ended up being more like an eggless cookie dough (and believe me I tasted it before I put it in – it tastes like eggless oatmeal cookie dough! And if you want to just spoon it into your mouth, feel free). But I like my streusel with a good amount of butter so it stays together and isn’t dry and crumble. We’re all about maximum crunch to complement the warm, oozing cherries!
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Berry Cherry Crisp
- 3 cups pitted fresh cherries roughly chopped
- 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries or other berries of your choice
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp corn starch
- 1 tbsp water
- 1/2 cup butter cubed, cold
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup large oats
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour or sub all-purpose
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease 4 individual ramekins or skillets or an 8×8” pan.
- In a medium bowl, combine cherries, blueberries and granulated sugar. In a small bowl, combine corn starch and water. Stir into cherry mixture. Spoon into prepared baking dish(es).
- In another medium bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, oats and flour with a pastry cutter or your hands until crumbly (it will have a cookie dough-like texture). Crumble over top of cherry mixture in baking dish(es) and press down gently.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes until bubbly and thickened and crumble is golden brown.
- Serve warm with ice cream.
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Autumn Lindquist says
I made this today and it is amazing. Used Ranier cherries. Thank you for sharing!!
Ashley Fehr says
Thanks Autumn! I’m so happy to hear that!
Maraschino cherries are not food, they are Franken-food so no wonder you don’t like them. REAL cherries on the other hand are sublime and your recipe looks fantastic. Being a lover of both cherries and blueberries I look forward to trying it. 😀
Ashley Fehr says
Thanks Aislinn! Glad to hear I’m not too weird for despising them!
Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks says
This looks so delicious! I love baking with cherries…I need to make a crisp sometime this summer!!
Stacey @ Bake Eat Repeat says
Oh yum. That looks so good. I don’t know if I’ve ever baked anything with fresh cherries either, because they are SO expensive that if I’m buying them, we’re just eating them. No baking at all. I bake with the frozen ones though, they’re a little cheaper! Of course, after looking at those photos I may need to bake with my fresh ones!
Yeah they make any dessert pretty pricey! But I had to try it at least once 🙂
Alyssa @ My Sequined Life says
Well I think your first time baking with cherries was a hit! I can’t get enough of crisps in the summertime (well, anytime really) and this needs to be next on my list. Yum!
Haha, I am with you! I am a die hard crisp fan!