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Cherry Crumble - a Yummy Summer Treat

Updated on July 5, 2013

An accidental discovery

For going on 40 years I've been making fruit crumbles as desserts, from rhubarb in the spring through blackberries and apples in the fall. For some reason though, I never thought of making a crumble with cherries. Last week my partner and I both bought cherries, and carried them home in backpacks, which resulted in a rather big bowl of partly-squashed cherries that we had to do something with right away. So we made... cherry crumble!

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To make a 2 pint crumble, enough for 4-6 people

For the filling:

2 1/2 cups cherries

sugar to taste

For the topping:

75g (1/3 cup) margarine or butter

175g (1 1/2 cups) flour

50g (1/4 cup) sugar

Make the crumble

Wash the cherries and remove stalks, halve and pit. Place in a 2 pint ovenproof dish with sugar to taste. Sweet cherries probably will not need any sugar. You can also use an alternative sweetener such as splenda or stevia if you like.

Cut the fat into the flour (or whiz up in the food processor) until the mixture is the texture of fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.

Sprinkle the topping on top of the fruit and bake in the oven at 200 C (400 F) for 30-40 minutes, until the topping is beginning to brown and the filling is bubbling up round the edges slightly.

Serve hot or cold with custard, whipping cream, sweetened yogurt or ice cream.

Cherries for this don't have to be fresh - if you freeze, can or dehydrate cherries, they make a great crumble either alone or mixed with other fruit (we had a huge amount of pears in 2009, so everything gets mixed with pears!). I suppose you could also make it with commercial canned or frozen cherries too, but I haven't tried.


1. Sugar in the topping may be partly replaced with an appropriate amount of other solid sweetener eg stevia, splenda. I use powdered home-grown stevia leaves. You can also use brown sugar instead of white for an extra-yummy flavor.

2. Add 5ml (1 tsp) cinnamon, ginger or nutmeg to the flour before cutting in the fat for the topping.

3. Add the grated rind of an orange or lemon to the topping before sprinkling it on the cherries.

4. Of course, you can also make this with many other kinds of fruit: apples, plums, gooseberries, rhubarb, currants, blackberries etc. Blackberry and apple together are particularly good.

Making a fruit crumble - on video

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    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      My husband and I have just harvested our apple tree and our pear tree so for the past couple weeks I have been baking non stop. (Hubby eats it as fast as I can bake it lol). I hope your Thanksgiving weekend is filled with blessings of warmth, happiness, and love.

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      bernie74 lm 6 years ago

      What a great lens and it does look soo yummy indeed. Thanks for sharing

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      Never thought of cherry crumble. Thanks for the idea.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Om nom nom nom :D Sounds absolutely yummy!

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Welcome to the Culinary Favorites From A to Z group. Don’t forget to come back and add your lens to the link list so that it will appear on the group page!

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      taliamurphy lm 9 years ago

      Yummy. I am going to the store today and try the Cherry Crumble. It sounds delicious! If you like Acadian -- check out my acadian recipes.

      Talia Murphy

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      The Homeopath 9 years ago

      Crumbles are a staple around our house because they are quick, easy to make allergen-free, and delicious!!!

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I like the idea with fresh stevia leaves. Agave nectar works real well, too. 5*s

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      AnneReidy 9 years ago

      I have a bowl of cherries in my fridge! Great idea! Thanks for entering the bake sale!

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      WhippetTalk 9 years ago

      Ohhhhhh. I love cherries. This looks so good!

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      Catalysthere LM 9 years ago

      I never thought of using cherries - You are now the proud owner of a lens of the week commencing 20th July 2008 in the