Friday, August 17, 2012

BING CHEERY CRISP RECIPE

Bing Cherries are in season, so it's the perfect time to find a "Bing Cherry Crisp Recipe."  

I love fresh cherries; they are beautiful to look at with rich, red, jewel-like hues and juicy, fresh flavor!  Maybe because they are so easy to use as snacks, however, I haven't used them in cooking.  Then there's also the reality of the pits - making preparation for baking a time-consuming task.  So, I searched online for a recipe that would be fairly simple and delicious.  What I found, in fact, was a recipe for homemade pie filling that will also work for crisp. And, an accompanying cherry crisp recipe.  I made both the filling and the crisp in little over a half hour!  (Note: I used frozen cherries for this recipe because I had them in the freezer, but I also purchased a cherry pitter for future recipes.)

CHERRY FILLING MIXTURE
I made the Cherry Filling first using the fruit plus fresh lemon juice, sugar, corn starch, water, and almond flavoring.  This was combined in a small saucepan and cooked until it was thick, fragrant, and glossy.  While that was cooking, I made the Crisp Topping in a frying pan.  I melted some butter, then added flour, brown sugar, and oats.  The recipe didn't call for it, but I also added some freshly grated nutmeg for a bit of spicy heat.

CHERRY CRISP TOPPING
I decided to cook the crisp on an aluminum foil lined cookie sheet to make clean up easier. I also sprayed the ramekins with cooking spray to prevent sticking.  Then, I poured the cherry filling into individual ramekins and added the crisp mixture on top.  I baked them in a preheated 350-degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until bubbly.

READY FOR THE OVEN
Both the homemade Cherry Pie Filling and the Cherry Crisp recipes** (aka Cherry Crisp in a Jar) were very simple to make and full of fresh sweet-tart flavor!  I think the crisp would be spectacular topped with Vanilla Bean ice cream. (I halved the recipes** because there are just two of us) 

Maybe these recipes could be used for other seasonal fruits like apples, pears, or peaches.  I'm going to give it a try!  Crisps just might be a nice addition to Afternoon Refreshments at the Scarborough Inn, too!

BING CHERRY CRISP (ready for ice cream)
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Learn more about Bing Cherries online.

Carol & Gus, Innkeepers
Scarborough Inn
an Ocean City NJ Bed and Breakfast

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