1.24.2010

Cherry Berry Crunch

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
set aside

crunch topping
Topping
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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9 comments:

  1. Looks great. I would have grabbed a bowl too. Cleaning can wait.

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  2. I live in California and luckily usually have access to fruits. I'm thankful for that but there are a few things that I wouldn't mind freezing for the winter.

    That cherry berry crunch looks delicious!

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  3. Mmm I love desserts like this - seriously they're my favorite kind! I always asked for fruit crumbles, shortcakes, etc. for my bday "cake" b/c cake and frosting just doesn't do it for me!
    You should try my recent cream cheese/cherry but w/ your fresh fruit!! Yummmm

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  4. I'm in LA, so come on down. ;-D I think I would have sneaked a bowl myself. No one can resist the berry goodness.

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  5. You crack me up! I'll join you and give away my $0.23. :P

    Living in Texas, we have a better variety than a lot of places, but there are still a lot of out-of-season stuff in the markets. I try to eat in-season when possible for taste and $$$ reasons.

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  6. Mmmmm that looks great. I usually do an apple one and add some cherries into it, but I may have to do the full berry one. If you've got apples, apple and cherry makes for a great crumble like that! :)

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  7. I'll take mine with a scoop of ice cream, please! This looks so good and summery ... which is most welcome, indeed, in January!

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  8. i want crunch! mmm. Your muffins are pretty too.

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  9. I put up peaches and made a peach cobbler recently, it was so good. There isn't too much local fresh fruit here right now, so it's either buy stuff that's been shipped, or put up. Next year, more peaches will be put in the freezer.

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