Now is the time to make sure your put up items are getting eaten. I put up bags and bags of pitted cherries, blueberries and chopped rhubarb last summer and we are slowly working our way through them. Crunch, muffins and cakes are great ways to use up the fruits you put away. This week I made some blueberry muffins and a delicious cherry berry crunch. If you froze or canned fruits from last summer it's time to get to work on them in anticipation of getting your freezer empty, washed down and ready for seasonal fruits.
Living in Alaska, fruit in the winter means we subsist on apples and oranges and last years fruits. I wish we had a year round market with fresh local fruits. Of course we have the out of season strawberries, grapes and such but we pledged a while back to eat whats in season or preserve it for later. If you're lucky enough to live in a year round seasonal fruit paradise let me know and we'll come stay with you for a while. In the meantime we'll be cleaning out the freezer pantry and dreaming of fresh fruit and waiting for our invitation. Anybody?
Cherry Berry Crunch
4 cups pitted cherries, you can use store bought if needed
2 cups frozen blueberries
1/2 cup flour
1/2 -1 cup sugar
in a 9x13 pan toss the cherries and the berries with flour and then the sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup of flour, white or whole wheat
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup thick rolled oats
in a food processor pulse the butter, sugar, flour and cinnamon together, until they form coarse crumbs
add the oats and pulse lightly, you don't really want to chop up the oats just mix them in well
when the crumbs are mixed together sprinkle on top of the fruits
bake in a 350 degree oven until the top in browned and the berries are bubbly, 45-55 minutes
my mini me
minus the hooligan!
This was a wonderful change for our family from the usual winter treats we make. My 16 soon to 17 year old son could not wait and sneaked a bowl before we were done cleaning bedrooms. I should have been mad but just can't be mad at a boy who loves his mama's cooking. Can you? He claimed we hadn't had crunch since this post but that's just not true, I swear!
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Peace and Love,