Friday, July 8, 2011

cherry berry crisp

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the farm stand is an addiction- i could have worse addictions i suppose

i went to picnic rock to pick up my first CSA of the year (yay!) practically shouting out at me from the farm stand sign was "LOCAL CHERRIES" - i was so excited i am pretty sure i almost took out a family pulling into picnic rock

i am a sucker for anything local, super cute, red, sweet & tasty

i also left with a locally made Belgian chocolate cheesecake for justin- but that is a whole other story


 

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these beauties were seducing me the moment i walked in

bright red & perfect in every way

i was smitten- the decision was already made before i even walked in

they were coming home with me


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i am all for eating cherries straight up, but last night i was in the mood for a summer crisp
 
the partner in crime- strawberries, also local from ramsay farm left over from my jam making session


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i love the crisp topping- i am one of those that picks the topping off of crisps leaving the fruit underneath stark naked for all to see

in order to make the crisp a little more healthy i used organic spelt flour in place of white, multi grain rolled oats, brown sugar for sweetness & pecans for crunch


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the cherry pitter gifted to me by my sister has proven most useful this season - one of the best gifts ever!

strawberries and cherries are layered in a baking dish sprinkled with topping


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this particular crisp can be made on the grill or in an oven

the crisp cooks up a bit faster on the grill the fruit creates a caramelized goodness that you can't get in the oven

if you have a cast iron skillet USE IT - see below as to what happens when you get distracted by pretty flowers and such


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check on the crisp about every 5 minutes and rotate the pan - cooking time totals about 15 minutes

oven - about 30 minutes


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any berry would work well in this crisp - blueberries & strawberries, raspberries & cherries

not a fan of pecans- swap em' out for almonds or walnuts

i totally would've served this up with ice cream or whipped cream- but didn't have any on hand

try a spiked version with bourbon - mmmm that actually sounds pretty good

so for your next BBQ or VBQ whip up some good ol' fashion crisp


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cherry berry crisp
serves 6

you will need:

filling:
  • 3 cups pitted cherries
  • 1 cup halved strawberries
topping:
  • 1/4 cup spelt flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 multi grain rolled oats or regular oats
  • 1/3 cup cold butter
  • 1/3 cup pecans
  • pinch kosher salt
assembly:
  • place cherries & berries in a oven proof dish or cast iron skillet (pie size works well)
  • in a separate bowl combine all ingredients except butter- stir to combine
  • add butter and work it into the mixture with your fingers or pastry cutter until clumps form
  • sprinkle onto filling
  • bake on a grill heated to 400* for about 15 minutes checking and turning every 5 minutes
  • if cooking in oven- preheat oven to 350* and bake for 30 minutes
enjoy!

Yum

3 comments:

  1. Look amazing! I just love crisps of any kind ;) And cherries have been my favorite fruit since childhood. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Hi there, this looks delicious and I'd love to feature on a blog post I'm creating, but I can't find contact info for you. Can you get back to me? Gorgeous photos too. heidi at foodiecrush dot com

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  3. Hi Heidi - Thank you for the great comment! I sent over my info via the addy left in your comment - Thanks!
    -Heather @ Sunday Morning

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