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Best Ever Cherry Crumble Recipe

Updated on March 10, 2013

How to Make Cherry Crumble

Cherry Crumble. The very name sounds delicious, doesn't it? This lens shows you how to make a cherry crumble with a step by step fresh cherry crumble recipe.

I've been making cherry crumble for about 4 years now, as we are lucky enough to have a cherry tree in our garden which bears delicious fruit! Is it a beautiful mature cherry tree that has a late, May blossom, and the prospect of getting to pick cherries from it when we first moved in was very exciting!

A bit of research ensued, whereby I discovered that when the cherries went a nice deep red, they would be ripe for picking. The other piece of advice that was repeated over and over was to net the tree to keep the birds away, otherwise I may well wake up to a bare tree one morning. But I am one for sharing the fruit of our garden with nature, so I took my chances. I am pleased to say that the birds happily got two clusters while we got the plentiful majority!

So, without further ado, read on for my famous homemade cherry crumble!

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  1. There are two main varieties of cherry - sweet and sour. As with most things sweet, they are not quite as good for you! The sour ones are lower in calories and have more vitamin C and beta carotene than the sweet variety
  2. Cherries date back a long way - cherry pits have been found in Stone Age caves!
  3. The Romans carried cherries along roads of conquest, which led throughout England and other parts of Europe
  4. As well as Roman conquerors, cherries were also enjoyed by Greeks and Chinese noblemen. They first made it to America in the early 1600's, while cultivated cherries were introduced to Britain in the 1st century AD from Persia by the Romans
  5. These stone fruits are related to plums. They are also distantly related to nectarines and peaches
  6. Wild cherry folklore has associations with the cuckoo, where the bird has to eat three good meals of cherries before it may stop singing
  7. In an old English carol, Joseph and Mary were walking in a cherry orchard when Mary asked Joseph to pick her some cherries. Joseph replied that she should get whomever 'brought thee with child' to pick the cherries for her. The unborn Christ child is then said to have communicated with the cherry trees, asking them to lower their branches so Mary could pick her own, leaving Joseph suitably repentant!

Making the Crumble for your Cherry Crumble!

Crumble was one of the first desserts I learned how to make (apple and blackberry to be precise), and I still use the first recipe I tried - it came from The First-Time Cook by Sophie Grigson and always turns out delicious.

Here's how I make it:

* 8oz (225g) plain flour

* 4oz (110g) caster sugar (super fine sugar)

* 6oz (175g) unsalted butter (unsoftened)

* a pinch of salt

Mix together the flour, salt and sugar in a bowl. Dice the butter into small cubes, and add to the bowl. Rub in with your fingertips, until you get a coarse breadcrumb-style mix. You could use a handy kitchen gadget to do this for you but I quite like the process of rubbing in - it doesn't take too long and it can be quite therapeutic!

If making the mixture ahead it can be chilled in the fridge.

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I love crumbles in general - mixed berries, apple, apple and blackberry, rhubarb... but there is something decidedly special about a cherry one. Whilst there is no doubt that freshly-picked cherries have the upper hand, you can of course make a perfectly delicious crumble using cherries from the supermarket.

If you are using freshly picked ones, you don't have to make the crumble right away. They will keep in the fridge for several days. I put mine in a Lock & Lock container and they tasted fresh and delicious even after a few days of storage.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5 mins (15-20 mins including making crumble)

Total Time: 50-60 mins

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • Crumble Mix (see Crumble Recipe)
  • Bowlful of Cherries (around 300-500g
  • depending on how fruity you like your pudding!)
  • Caster sugar to sprinkle (superfine sugar in the US)

Instructions

  1. 1. Make the crumble mixture as above. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4/350F
  2. 2. Wash your cherries, remove the stalks and pit
  3. 3. Put some crumble into a pie dish and then add the cherries on top
  4. 4. Add more crumble and mix together
  5. 5. Put the rest of the crumble on top until all the cherries are covered. Sprinkle a little more caster sugar on top of the crumble
  6. 6. Bake the crumble in the oven for around 30-40 minutes. You will know it is done when the top has turned a nice golden brown and you can see the juice of the fruit bubbling through the surface
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Serving your Cherry Crumble

Being a summer fruit, cherry crumble goes best with a nice scoop of vanilla ice-cream, in my opinion. I love the collision of hot and cold on the tongue! Of course, you can opt for custard or cream if you prefer.

I kept a few cherries aside to decorate the crumble with, topping the crumble itself with a cherry duo and popping one on top of each serving.

Did You Know?

Shakespeare used cherries as a symbol of love and romance in

A Midsummer Night's Dream.

They are also considered a

symbol of fertility.

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Grow your Own Cherries

Planting a cherry tree and growing your own fruit each year is very rewarding. One of the best books on how to grow, tend and harvest your crops is Grow Your Own Fruit by Carol Klein. Anyone who has seen her on the BBC programme Gardener's World will know how enthusiastic she is about gardening, and her books are just as inspiring.

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I like to share my cherries with the birds - do you?

I like to share my cherries with the birds - do you?
I like to share my cherries with the birds - do you?

Where your Cherry Crumble Comes From! - Why I Love my Cherry Tree

Cherry tree orchards such as the one above are a rare sight now, sadly, as modern techniques have taken over and seen the beautiful blossom orchards disappear.

So all the more reason to love my cherry tree! Not only can we pick delicious fruit from it, but spring really wouldn't be spring without the beautiful burst of pink and white blossoms that appear on the cherry trees each year!

Cherry Crumble VS Cherry Pie...

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      pkmcr 4 years ago from Cheshire UK

      So glad that I had just had lunch as I would have been feeling very hungry by now! Loving this and will pass to my better half so we can make a wheat free version :-)

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      TheLoneWriter LM 4 years ago

      Loved the lens! I could really use some pie right about now! Baking is so lovely.

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      Missmerfaery444 4 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: Thank you, hope yours is too! Glad to hear you share with the birds as well! :) I'd much rather enjoy the increased wildlife than keep all the fruit for ourselves!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      We have 2 cherry trees and we also share are cherries with the birds who visit. Blue jays and crows are our most common visitors to the dark cherry tree. They take turns visiting and generally only eat a couple berries each trip in. It is nice to see them there and yes we still have plenty of cherries left over for us as well should I choose to make your Cherry crumble recipe. Hope your New Year is wonderful.

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      OurFoodRecipes LM 4 years ago

      Great Cherry Lens...very detailed info re cherry recipes. Love it !

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      This sounds absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      saksare 5 years ago

      great

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      HorseAndPony LM 5 years ago

      Not yet but I'm going to give it a try. This sounds and looks amazing. Thanks for sharing!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Looks terrific. I wonder if this recipe could serve as base to make crunchies (with nuts maybe)?

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      ClassyStuff 5 years ago

      I have had cherry crumble before, but never made it. Now that I have this lens to help me, I will definitely try it.

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      franko3 6 years ago

      cherry is the best

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I make this all the time but I put some rolled oats instead of all the flour and a little brown sugar makes its extra yummy!

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Looks super delicious and much easier than making pie.

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      Kevin Wilson 2 6 years ago

      I love cherry crumble and made a lens about it several years ago. Our cherry trees are still babies and we will get about 6 cherries this year - woohoo!

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      StephanieB-Writer 6 years ago

      I followed your recipe, but slightly altered it to make 4 individual crumbles. I must say it was easy and absolutely fabulous. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this lens. Cherry is one of favorites.

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      Kandy O 6 years ago

      I am so trying this recipe! Fun lens!

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      Sue Dixon 6 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Lovely- I'm adding this to my blackberry and apple crumble lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Another delicious success thanks to Sophie Grigson. Maybe its of interest that a few hundred of her other recipes on the web are listed on Panjoy.com - pick her name from the dropdown list thing, and only Grigson recipes will be searched.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This looks so delicious! Thanks for the recipes!

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      kab 6 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Yummy. Yummy. Yummy.

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

      I admit I'm not much for making pies, but this may change my mind. Yummy page:-)

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I love cherry crumble! Yum!

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Mmmm, this looks so good! I love cherries! :)

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Mmm, love cherries and fruit crumbles so you've got me with this one!

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      BuckHawkcenter 7 years ago

      Now, you've done it! My diet just went south, thank you very much! Wish I had my own cherry tree. I dearly love fresh cherries and can't wait to try this.

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      BuckHawkcenter 7 years ago

      Now, you've done it! My diet just went south, thank you very much! Wish I had my own cherry tree. I dearly love fresh cherries and can't wait to try this.

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      lemonsqueezy lm 7 years ago

      I don't know what WOWs me more... this delicious looking crumble OR the fact that you have your own cherry tree. Very cool!

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      tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

      This looks incredible!

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      this looks so delicious. i think i'll try it out but use some frozen organic cherries because i'm lazy :)