When I was younger I always used to say to my parents, “Pwetty please with a cherry on top?” I also have fond memories of eating cherry flavored popsicles by the pool, being left with two red sticky parentheses outlining the corners of my mouth and licking them away with my bright red tongue.
Cherries are popping up at the farmer’s market and not only do they bring me back to my childhood but they are also a sign that summer is coming!! I have always loved the flavor of cherries–slightly sweet and slightly sour–plus I am a sucker for a deep red color (beets, I miss you dearly). These bad boys are also hard to pit without a cherry pitter, which is why this recipe turned into a single serving one, although I did just find this nifty video.
Cherries and pistachios pair really well together in this easy getting-excited-for-summer crumble. I used coconut oil in this recipe but ghee would also work really well (perhaps even better) in place of the butter component. The best part is when you can hear the mixture bubbling in the oven and baked cherries perfume the kitchen. I will definitely be baking more fresh fruit crumbles in the coming months. Summer, see you soon!
Single Serving Cherry-Pistachio Crumble
Adapted from Epicurious
3/4 cup fresh, pitted cherries or frozen cherries, thawed
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp + 1 tsp flour
2 tbsp + 1 tsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp rolled oats
1/4 cup shelled pistachios
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
2 tbsp coconut oil or ghee, melted
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 4″ deep dish tartlet pan with coconut oil.
2. In the tartlet pan, mix cherries with 1 tsp fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp brown sugar, and 1 tsp flour. Set aside.
3. In a food processor, pulse remaining brown sugar, flour, oats, pistachios, cardamom, and salt until pistachios become finely chopped.
4. Stir in coconut oil or ghee until a crumble forms.
5. Spread crumble over cherry mixture. Bake in the oven until cherry mixture bubbles and the crumble topping becomes brown, 20-25 minutes. Serve warm by itself or with vanilla ice cream.
A warm cherry cheers,