I like making fruit crisps as they can be an easy and quick dessert to make. I made this crisp using the cherries that I picked from our cherry trees. I also used the cherries from the backyard trees to make jam, jelly and a pie. This was profiled in an earlier blog (link here).
The following recipe is good with any berries, apples, peaches, nectarines, plums or your other favorite fruit. I made this recipe using spelt flour as one of the dinner guests that I served this to is on a gluten free diet. As I was making this crisp for company, I doubled the recipe and used a deep pan.
4 cups of pitted cherries or other fruit
2 tbsp almond flavouring if using cherries or lemon juice
2 tbsp tapioca
1/2 cup white sugar (only if using sour cherries)
1/2 cup quick cooking oatmeal
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup brown sugar
In a medium size bowl, mix the cherries, almond flavouring, tapioca and white sugar. Pour this mixture into a 9 inch pan. Rinse the bowl and mix the flour, oatmeal, butter and brown sugar. Spread this crumbly mixture over the the cherries. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 30 to 35 minutes. The crisp should be brown and the fruit will be bubbling. Serve warm or cold by itself or with ice cream. Makes about 6 servings.