Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Cherry Crumble

Cherry crumble

Hope the summer is finding you happy, eating loads of ice-cream, and planning, or maybe enjoying a good summer break. Or returning from one, and planning for the next one?. Isn't planning for vacation as enjoyable as the vacation itself? I love dreaming about and looking forward to a nice break every few months - it's just what sometimes keeps me sane! Come back from one, and immediately look at the calender for the next available opportunity for another mini- break :-)
This past weekend we had planned for a weekend break to Colmar, but it didn't happen thanks to the rainy Saturday. Instead, we just headed for the very colourful farmer's market later in the day, and loaded up on cherries, blueberries, melons and honey mangoes and ...
I used up most of the cherries in a delicious crumble. Fruit crumble really is such an easy, quick to put together dessert, so versatile, and you can rarely go wrong with it. This cherry crumble is more about the fresh fruit rather than the butter and cream. Just the perfect dessert for a beautiful summer evening.

INGREDIENTS (per ramekin)
  • 7-8 pitted cherries

For the streusel topping/crumble

  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon of all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons slivered/chopped almonds
  • 1 tablespoon demerara or turbinado sugar. Light brown sugar would also be fine.
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • a tablespoon of cold butter
  • softened butter for greasing the cups


  1. Generously butter each ramekin
  2. Preheat the oven to 400F
  3. throw in the pitted cherries in the ramekin
  4. In a bowl, add in all the ingredients for the crumble except butter. Mix them slightly with your hands
  5. Now add in the cold butter and combine with the dry ingredients with your fingers. The crumble should look and feel like ..well..a crumble..or coarse bread crumbs.
  6. Place this crumb mixture on top of the fruit in each ramekin
  7. Bake for about 25 minutes

Some of the characteristics and serving suggestions
  • I love desserts, but I don't like them to be too sweet. When it comes to a crumble, made with summer fruits, eaten on a hot day, I much prefer the dish to be light and fruity, slightly tart served with a good quality vanilla bean ice-cream, rather than a rich and heavy cobbler-esque dessert.
  • If you are making this dish on a cold winter day, eating it warm straight out of the oven, with a dollop of whipped cream would be perfect.
  • But on a hot and sunny beautiful summer's say - one of the few that we in Zurich are blessed with this season, I say reduce the sugar, chill the crumble and eat with a scoop of ice cream. Or better, have it for breakfast the next day - that's what we did, and loved it :)
The slight tartness and juiciness of the cherries, the crumbly texture of the streusel topping, and the smoothness and coolness of the ice-cream - now that is a beautiful and refreshing dish that is very satisfying as well!

Cherry crumble



  1. I made a cherry cake for a BBQ at a friends house tonight. I wish I had seen your recipe before I made the cake. Oh well, next time.

  2. Long time since my last visit....n think m here to stay.
    Love cherry n anything made out of it.
    Can imagine hw good de crumble wud hv come out since it hd the fabs nutmeg.
    Good one.
    Btw loved ur shots...makes me more hungry.

  3. Ohhh that crumble looks so yum! awesome clicks too!

  4. Beautiful vibbrant cherries. Love the streusel topping.

  5. I'll be trying this recipe later on this year when cherries are available here in Brazil. It looks delicious! I love the addition of oats to the topping.

  6. Beautiful images and mouthwatering looking recipe

  7. Beautiful clicks...looks so mouthwatering..yummy yumm!!!

  8. feel like grabbing it right away... beautiful clicks.

  9. I am always envious of cherries and all the other berries of the northern countries. I can only look and drool as they are an imported ingredient that is often too expensive for me.

  10. wow. first time here. u have a wonderful blog. super clicks too. happy to follow u..

  11. very tempting clicks.. luks perfect and very healthy..
    yummy.. luks delicious
    first time here .. u have a beautiful space and good collection of recipes.. happy to follow u ...if u find time do visit my blog

  12. Yum! These look great. You should stop by my blog because I have something for you that you might enjoy. :D See you soon!

  13. Crumble looks mind blowing girl!

  14. have you ever visited colmar? if not you need to make up for it. colmar is my second home and i just can recommend it to you. it is one of the most charming cities i know. your recipe and pics are beautiful by the way.

  15. I love your photos, especially the third one. It looks like it could be in a food magazine!

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  17. What a fabulous way to make this special- make it in individual ramekins. Those cherries look so sweet!

  18. Beautiful pics.....always love a cherry crumble!

  19. This looks amazing. Bookmarked.

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  21. Your pictures of the individual crumbles are wonderful. I'm sure they taste every bit as good as they look. I'm new here, but I'll be back often to see what else you've been cooking up. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  22. I am here for the first time and loving it. The jalebi was heaven and this cherry crumble begs to be baked right now. The cherries i have right now are the red ones :)