Cherry Almond Crumble - small batch - #SRC

8.26.2013



Me and cherries, we've had a torrid love affair for decades, a very unbalanced one I might add. 
On my part I keep my end of the bargain and consistently put them way up there in the fruit love list, rush to buy them whenever they make an appearance and never ever look at the price. The problem is right there, in the sentence before. They make an appearance sporadically, for a short few months, if that. 
Quite unbalanced relationship as I was saying.

Still, when I saw a sweet cherry crumble for two among the list of dessert recipes in Melissa’s blog, Brooklyn Locavore - which implies the use of locally grown ingredients and a very conscientious way of eating, something I find very inspiring -  my feelings for those little red darlings rushed to the surface, untouched by the long absence. It’s my first post with the Secret Recipe Club, and I think it well deserves a bowl of sweet cherries. 





Last summer I froze some perfectly ripe ones, ready to make my winter less wintery, along with raspberries and blackberries. They have already appeared in the berry ricotta squares, the stellar blackberry cheesecake ice cream and the cherry caipiroska.
Now, aren’t crumbles one of the best desserts ever? They take little time to prepare, almost any fruit can be used, no need for baking or knife skills, rustic is what we should aim for, and are meant to be eaten directly from the pan. Perfection really. 




The winter days have been quite disobedient this season thowing spring temperatures every other week. You put on the gloves and extra blanket, you take off the gloves and extra blanket, you long for a hot chocolate the day after sipping strawberry caipirinhas outside, you find sweet fantastic strawberries in the market while making a lentil chorizo stew at home. You get the idea.

How about a bubbly cherry crumble with almonds and oats on top? A generous one too, these ramekins turned out to hold a more than decent portion for one, but who's counting if we're eating cherries. 



So my first tought was to make a gluten free crumble with cherries. 
Like any type of diet or cooking technique it’s not hard once you understand what works and what ingredients are available. It turns out that the amount of different gluten free flours available is mind blowing. I had made a similar one a month ago, with pears and chocolate, for a crowd. Besides the fact that eveyone thought there were apples in the filling and I was expecting some plates to be graciously abandoned while nobody was watching when they heard about pears, this was a huge hit. The topping especially. Who knew. 

Then I realized I had used oats, which is not gluten free. Or is it? From what I heard through the years, it’s not the oats themselves, but the cross contamination, the fact that some wheat will inevitably end up mixed with them. So that’s that.  


But if you still want to make it gluten free, simply use some almond flour instead of the oats, or coarsely ground almonds work too.
Either way this is a great dessert whether you eat it in the winter or spring. Or summer, or fall.



CHERRY ALMOND CRUMBLE
adapted from Bklyn Locavore

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients

For the cherries:
2 cups pitted cherries, fresh or frozen
2 Tbs light brown sugar
Juice of ½ lemon

For the crumble:
¼ cup quinoa flour
¼ cup steel cut oats
¼ cup light brown sugar
¼ cup sliced almonds
¼ cup (60g) butter

Powdered sugar, for serving

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350ºF /180ºC. Butter two oval, shallow ramekins.

For the cherries:
Put all ingredients in a saucepan and cook over low heat until syrupy and the cherries begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Divide equally among prepared ramekins.

For the crumble:
In a bowl mix flour, oats and sugar. Add butter in small pieces and with your hands or a fork, mix until the butter is mixed with the dry ingredients. It will be lumpy.
Add the almonds, mix lightly and divide equally over the cherries.
You can do this crumble in a food processor with the steel blade, but the resulting mixture will be finer.
Bake for about 30 minutes, until the top is lightly golden and the filling is bubbly.
Dust with powdered sugar before eating.




50 comments:

  1. Wonderful photos of what looks like a totally delicious dish! Great SRC pick!

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  2. Your photos are amazing and those crumbles look incredible! Nicely done!
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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  3. You had me at cherry Paula! These look divine and your photos turned out gorgeous! I love SRC :)

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  4. Those are absolutely GORGEOUS!! Great SRC choice this month!!

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  5. FABULOUS photos and GREAT recipe! I DO love cherries and this is a great SRC pick! Karen

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  6. your photos are soooooo beautiful! Lovely pick for your SRC this month!

    have a great Monday!

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  7. I am looking forward to your SRC posts to come - these pictures are so absolutely amazing! I love the one with the spoonful of the crumble steaming.

    Welcome to Group D and happy first reveal day! :)

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    1. Thanks Janie! It's great to finally join

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  8. These photos are incredible, Paula. The one with the smoke...oh my goodness. Talk about tempting. I can't believe these gorgeous cherries you found and all the goodies you're making with them. Love this crumble-so lovely.

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  9. I have a huge weakness for cherries. To me, they rank right up there with caramel and I would sell government secrets (if I had any) for both of them!

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  10. So pretty! Your photographs are gorgeous!

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  11. It's toasty hot here in London and I can't quite imagine eating crumble. Except that I can with this because it looks so delicious!

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  12. Looks amazing, gorgeous photos!

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  13. Fruit desserts are my favorite! I also freeze cherries, otherwise we wait an entire year to savor their sweetness! A radiant crumble!

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  14. This crumble is absolutely beautiful! Sounds delicious, too! Great pick this month :)

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  15. What a wonderful recipe!! Your photos are gorgeous also, makes me want to run out and buy some cherries! Great pick for SRC~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  16. I love your photos of this delicious crumble, it looks brilliant :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  17. I love anything cherries! This not only looks spectacular I bet it tastes awesome. And your photos are, too.

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  18. I was so confused for a minute when you spoke of winter. I become so focused in my own seasons that I forget to think where others live. A new friend of mine in Australia is complete opposite from Brooklyn. Such a wonderful adaptation of my recipe! I need to try your version now. Beautiful photography, especially she shot of the fork with the steam coming up.

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  19. Ooh, this looks SO fantastic - what a fantastic use of cherries. Great pick for the SRC!

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  20. You are amazing, Paula! As I understand it, English was not your first language, yet your expression is so poetic and engaging. And, of course, your cherry crumble with oats has my tummy yearning for a delicious bite:)

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    1. Thanks Kim, alwasy so sweet! It will always be my second language, but I spent two years in California when I was 14, and going to school made it stick eventually.

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  21. Oh, I know we will be having those crazy days of temperature changes very soon, as the fall ushers in to this part of the country! The cherry almond crumble looks luscious!

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  22. Cherries and almonds are a match made in heaven... this crumble looks amazing! Beautiful photos :)

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  23. Oh, good!!! A small batch just for me :) What a magnificent recipe, Paula. And there you go with the gorgeous steam in your photo again...love it!

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  24. What a gorgeous post Paula. Yay for small batch desserts... they're a perfect little treat, and (another plus) they cook faster! I am a big fan of Melissa's blog. You interpreted her dish beautifully. Yay for lovely winter desserts (it's so rainy here today, makes me want a steamy warm bowl of crumble right now!) xx

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  25. This looks amazing, Paula & I have some cherries in the refrigerator right now! Just lovely.

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  26. I'm such a fan of crumbles! This looks great.

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  27. What a beautiful choice Paula. I've had a torrid love affair with all things cherries too! And at the top of my list might be crumbles/crisps/slumps. I can't eat almonds, but I've got to make this. Maybe pine nuts? Gorgeous, gorgeous photos :-)

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    1. I never considered pine nuts, probably because they're so expensive. But now I'm intrigued!

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  28. This looks scrumptious! I adore cherries. I so would love a piece right now before bedtime. ;) Thanks for sharing Paula!

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  29. My mouth is watering Paula. Such a perfect recipe for the two of us. Well, that is if I share the other one with my husband. Incredible photos too.

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  30. Oh my goodness, I am so making this. I don't know when, or how, but I am going to make this. I froze a whole pile of ripe cherries when they were in season, and I need to use them this winter when I'm craving a taste of summer berries. <3
    Your crisp looks so delicious! And I love how you used quinoa flour. <3 Pinning this! :)

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  31. So many people don't add the almonds and this is the best part!

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  32. Oh my, that photo with the steam coming off the spoon literally made me salivate! Gorgeous post Paula!

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  33. I totally agree with everything you said about crumbles, Paula! I love rustic looking desserts and since I'm not a fancy-pants kinda gal who can make exquisite, beautifully crafted desserts, the easy-going nature of a crumble is exactly what I need. Cherries are the best and freezing them to impart a taste of summer into your winter is a fantastic idea. I love the oat crumble on top and your photos as always are gorgeous. I'll echo everyone else by saying the shot of the spoon with the steaming crumble is incredible!

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  34. Oh yes, I am seriously loving these. Small batch desserts are the only way to go here, or else the two of us would eat nothing but dessert!

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  35. What a yummy treat, I hope I could make some but substitute quinoa flour since I have none.

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  36. What a seriously gorgeous dessert. Cherries and almonds are one of my favorite combinations and gluten free? That's fantastic. We often times get winters/springs and even summers here that are confused too, so I can completely relate. I've decided if I feel like soup in summer I'm goin for it. Mint mojitos in winter? Yep I'll do that too. :)

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  37. I love fruit crumbles. I like that you added almonds as their flavor goes so well with cherries.

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  38. Se ve delicioso, yo no podría decir que amo las cerezas y es que no son muy comunes, aquí sólo hay cerezas frescas en diciembre y son importadas, así que imaginarás lo caras que son. Pero igual a veces me doy el gustito.

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  39. Paula, I made this with a few changes - just delicious!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

    http://www.createamazingmeals.com/2013/08/vintage-kitchen-notes-cherry-almond.html

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  40. I love cherries and almonds together - it is the perfect combo! I have never frozen them - and it is too late for this season, but I will remember for next summer. I love crumbles in the summer - they are the epitome of summer goodness! ~ David

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  41. Love a good crumble and good to know that it can be made gluten free. Happy belated reveal day.

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  42. Beautiful photography Paula! I love crumbles too. I didn't make a cherry one this summer - next year!

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  43. I´m drooling! haha should have seen this post around our cherry harvest- looks amazing!

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