With fresh cherry season coming to an end, this is the perfect fresh cherry crisp recipe to transition from Summer to Fall. The combination of tart, juicy cherries coated in spices, and a crunchy, buttery topping creates a mouthwatering dessert that’s perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re trying to use up the rest of your cherries for the season, or looking for a new late Summer treat, this cherry crisp recipe is a sure to be a winner.
Fresh Cherry Crisp Ingredients
For the Cherry Filling:
- 4 cups fresh and pitted cherries
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- The juice from half of a small fresh lemon
- The zest of one small lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
For the Fresh Cherry Crisp Topping:
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup Kamut flour (can be substituted for all-purpose flour)
- 1 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened unsalted butter
1. Preheat your Oven: Preheat your oven to 400°F.
2. Prepare the Fresh Cherry Crisp Filling:
In a medium bowl, combine the pitted cherries, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3 tablespoons cornstarch, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla extract, and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground cloves, 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg together. Mix well until the cherries are well and evenly coated.
3. Assemble the Crisp Topping:
In another bowl, mix together 1 cup of oats, 1/2 cup of flour, 1 tablespoons of maple syrup, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp of salt.
Add the room temperature butter into the mixture and combine the ingredients together until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Assemble the Crisp
Scoop the the fresh cherry crisp filling into a greased baking dish or ovenproof dish.
Sprinkle the oat and sugar mixture evenly over the cherries, covering them completely.
5. Bake to Perfection:
Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the cherry filling is bubbling around the edges.
6. Serve and Enjoy:
Remove the cherry crisp from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.
Serve it warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for an extra indulgence.
There you have it, a simple and delectable homemade cherry crisp recipe that will delight your taste buds and impress your friends and family. The combination of sweet, tart cherries and the crunchy oat topping is a match made in dessert heaven. Whether you’re baking this crisp for a special occasion or just craving a comforting treat, this Fresh Cherry Crisp is sure to be a winner.
Feel free to get creative with this recipe by adding a handful of chopped nuts like almonds or pecans to the topping for an extra layer of flavor and texture. You can also experiment with different fruit combinations, such as mixing cherries with blueberries or raspberries for a unique twist on this classic dessert.
As Summer (and fresh cherry season) comes to an end, I hope you give this late Summer dessert a try and be sure to check out my FAVORITE summer dessert: Key Lime Pound Cake too!