A mixture of sweet cherries and blueberries are tucked beneath a golden almond studded crumble.
What do you do when you find yourself swimming in cherries and berries? You make a crumble.
As good as pie but without all the fuss, crumbles are the easy answer to what do when you find yourself with an overabundance of ripe fruit on your hands. And who doesn’t love a warm from the oven crumble for dessert with a little ice cream on side?
While I don’t generally like to crank up the oven if I don’t have to in the summer, this is one of those occasions I don’t mind it at all. Sweet, syrupy fruit, topped with golden clumps of streusel-like crumbs is worth heating up the kitchen for a bit.
Making a crumble is thankfully super simple. This one calls for cherries and blueberries with an almond crumb. The crisp and nutty topping dotted with finely chopped almonds is the perfect match for the juicy bubbly berry filling. You can use fresh or frozen fruit if you’d like, I actually prefer to use a mix of fresh cherries and frozen wild blueberries which are more intense in flavor than their fresh cultivated counterparts.
The fruit is quickly macerated in maple syrup to coax out all its juicy sweetness then poured into a shallow tart or pie pan. I like to use a shallow baking dish so that the fruit bakes quickly and evenly and you don’t end up with a soggy filling, it also makes for a nice ratio of fruit to crumb topping in each bite.
The crumb topping comes together just as quickly. Everything is mixed together in one bowl then pinched into clumps by hand and scattered over the cherries and blueberries. Once in the oven it turns crisp and golden on top and soft and chewy underneath where it sinks into the jammy fruit underneath.
Serve it warm and bubbly from the oven with some ice cream on the side for dessert, then again for breakfast the next morning with a side of creamy yogurt.
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