Recipe for Step-Monster's Cherry Crunch
My father married a woman back in the late 1970's who of course became my step-mother. Let's just say at first (several years) we did not get a long that well. She was however a great cook and served us many dishes that were out of this world. She had one recipe that I would always look forward to eating and that was her Cherry Crunch dessert dish.
It not only tastes great but the one hour it's baking - it permeates the house with an aroma that is intoxicating and creates an anticipation that will make your sweet tooth have a seizure awaiting it's removal from the oven. Her nickname "Step-Monster" came from the movie years later called "Saint Elmo's Fire" - Demi Moore's character was trying to figure out how to bury her step mother and would refer her to as the step monster throughout the movie.
Anyway - back to the recipe:
- 2 cans of cherry pie filling.
- 1 stick of real butter.
- 1 Duncan Heinz Extra Moist Yellow Cake Mix. (no substitutions or it won't taste as great).
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease large rectangular baking dish with Pam or Butter.
- Open cans of cherry filling and layer contents into dish.
- Open cake mix and pour over cherry pie filling and level.
- Melt stick of real butter (salted) and drizzle evenly over the entire dish.
- Bake for about 1 hour on center rack of oven or until the top is golden brown.
Easy Recipes ~ Cherry Crunch
Post Cherry Crunch Recipe Information
It's not really an ingredient of the recipe but a feature and not an option - When your cherry crunch is ready out of the oven - Add a scoop of Blue Bell's Homemade Ice-Cream while your dump cake is still warm and enjoy.
The flavor is out of this world - and will have your entire family clamoring for a serving long before it's done. Actually I think real estate agents should use this recipe instead of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven when having an open house to make potential clients feel more at home. I bet it would close a lot more homes!
You can of course use apple or peach pie filling instead of cherry - I have tried them all over the years but cherry seems to be the best choice for this easy dessert recipe.
This dessert will quickly become a family tradition in your household after you have only made it one time.