Best Ever Cherry Crumble Recipe
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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- 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
- Cherries date back a long way - cherry pits have been found in Stone Age caves!
- The Romans carried cherries along roads of conquest, which led throughout England and other parts of Europe
- 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
- These stone fruits are related to plums. They are also distantly related to nectarines and peaches
- Wild cherry folklore has associations with the cuckoo, where the bird has to eat three good meals of cherries before it may stop singing
- 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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Do you Love Fruit Crumble?
And have you made one before?
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.
Prep Time: 5 mins (15-20 mins including making crumble)
Total Time: 50-60 mins
- 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)
- 1. Make the crumble mixture as above. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4/350F
- 2. Wash your cherries, remove the stalks and pit
- 3. Put some crumble into a pie dish and then add the cherries on top
- 4. Add more crumble and mix together
- 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. 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
Are you Going to Make this Cherry Crumble Recipe?
Fancy having a go?
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.
Grow Your Own Fruit (Rhs)
Grow Your Own Fruit (Rhs)
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...
Which do you prefer and why?
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