Sweet Cherry Crisp with Almond-Crumb Topping
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This irresistible and versatile dessert can be made in advance and baked in the oven or on the grill just before serving. Oats and nuts add texture and crunch complimenting the juicy fruit filling.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
  • For the crumb topping
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • For the cherry filling
  • 5 cups pitted fresh sweet cherries (about 2 pounds fresh cherries)
  • 1 tablespoon Colavita White Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
  • ⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • whipped cream for serving, if desired
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. To make the crumb topping, mix the flour, almonds, oats, sugars, cinnamon, and salt together. Drizzle with olive oil and mix until crumbly; set aside.
  3. To make the cherry filling, place the cherries in a large bowl. Add the vinegar and zest and stir to combine. Sprinkle with ⅓ cup sugar and cornstarch and stir to mix thoroughly.
  4. Spoon cherry mixture into a 9-inch cast iron skillet or other ovenproof pan of the same size. Top with crumb mixture and gently press into fruit. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and bake 35-40 minutes or until fruit is bubbling and top is light brown.
  5. Let cool for 30 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves and serve warm with whipped cream if desired.
Can be prepared up to a day in advance. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate then bake just before serving.

To prepare on an outdoor grill, heat grill to medium. Bake with grill lid closed for 15 minutes;rotate pan and bake another 5-10 minutes or until fruit is bubbling and top is brown.
Recipe by GreenThumbWhiteApron.com at http://www.greenthumbwhiteapron.com/sweet-cherry-crisp-with-almond-crumb-topping/