Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cherry Crumble

I am a big fan of cherries, I really love mostly anything with them.  Cherry Garcia, Cherry Pie, Cherries Jubilee- you get the idea.  This recipe totally hit the spot and was easy to boot.

For the cherry filling:

3 cans sour cherries packed in water (you can use fresh or frozen too just remove the pits)
3/4 cups Z Sweet or Sugar
1/3 cup water
2 tbsp. cornstarch

Dump the cherries and liquid into a pot.  Bring to a boil and then drop the temperature down to medium heat.  Add the Z Sweet or Sugar and stir. In a small cup combine the cornstarch and water making sure to not have any clumps.   Add the mixture to the cherries and stir in.  This will thicken the mixture.

For the topping:
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup flour
1/2 cup Z sweet or sugar
1 stick butter

In a mixing bowl, combine the graham crackers, flour and Z Sweet or sugar.  Melt the butter and combine with the graham cracker/flour mixture.  Keep combining until the mixture to make sure all of it gets sort of "dampened" by the butter.

To assemble:
Add the cherry filling to a baking dish or individual ramekins.  Leave room for the topping.  Pile the topping on top of the cherries and with a spatula make sure you even out the layer.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until the top is nice and golden brown and the cherries have started to bubble through.

If you're feeling particularly naughty, serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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