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Two Peas and Their Pod: Recipe for Cherry Oatmeal Crisp

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Recipe for Cherry Oatmeal Crisp

We picked up a big bag of Rainier cherries at the farmer's market on Saturday. They are sweet and juicy. I have been mixing them into my Greek yogurt this week. I also made individual cherry crisps for dessert.

I love making mini or individual desserts. Everyone feels special because they get their own and it is great portion control. I used our little white ramekin dishes. I pitted the cherries and made an easy oat topping-o
ld fashioned oats, flour, cinnamon, brown sugar, a pinch of salt, and butter. The little crisps bubbled up in no time. I served them with a dallop of vanilla frozen yogurt.

We ate our cherry crisps outside on our patio. Summer, I love you!

Oh and I pitted the cherries by hand-the old school way. I really need to invest in a cherry pitter. Does anyone have one? Do they work well?

Cherry Oatmeal Crisp

(Printable Recipe)

Makes 3 individual crisps-we used small ramekins. You can double or triple it for one large crisp or more individual ones.

About 1 1/2 cups Rainer cherries, pitted and halved
2 T sugar
1 T flour

3/4 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Pinch of salt
2 T. flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 T. cold butter-cut in small pieces

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray ramekins with cooking spray.
2. In a small bowl sprinkle the cherries with the 2 T of sugar and flour. Mix well. Let sit while you make the oat topping.
3. In a small bowl add the oats, cinnamon, salt, flour, and brown sugar. Stir.
4. Add the butter to the oat mix. Mix with your hands until you have a crumbly mixture.
5. Pour sugared cherries into the sprayed ramekins. Make sure each one is even. Add the oat topping.
6. Place ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes. Until they are bubbling.
7. Cool for a minute and serve. We added a dallop of vanilla frozen yogurt:)

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Blogger veron said...

I love crisps! This looks delicious and such a fantastic photo!

5:28 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A delicious crisp! Today, I made something very similar...



6:00 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Ow! I love individual desserts too- they do make everyone feel special :)

6:03 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

I LOVE Rainier cherries! I just tried them for the first time at MIL's house this past weekend, and I am hooked!

6:17 AM  
Blogger Victor said...

I still remember the taste of Rainer cherry when I worked as a cherry picker 3 years ago in BC.

6:18 AM  
Blogger kat said...

A cherry pitter was such a good investment as far as I'm concerned. I pitted 8 cups of cherries for jam last week & it made much quicker work of it.
This is the first year I've made cherry crisp & now I'm seeing them everywhere, so good

6:39 AM  
Blogger Peter M said...

I love these blush cherries you used. It's a good as you described.

Cherry a really good one as any of the ones I bought broke quickly.

6:42 AM  
Blogger Allie said...

Yummy! Love fresh cherries like that!

7:10 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

They do work well, my family canned them when we were growing up.. all kinds, vans, royal annes, bing & pie.... I can find out for you what my mom has, because she just used it last week!..

7:13 AM  
Blogger Esi said...

I love individual desserts. These sound delicious!

7:23 AM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

Yes, with ice cream, this is for me! Perfect!

7:32 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

A mini crisp eaten outside = heaven.

7:45 AM  
Blogger Reeni said...

What a delicious treat these are with fresh cherries, yummy!

7:49 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Yum! This looks great! I have an OXO brand hand-held cherry pitter and love it! It really cuts down on the time it takes to prep cherries!

7:58 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

WHat a lovely way to enjoy fresh cherrys! I think these look so pretty!

8:03 AM  
Blogger Jen H said...

These look delicious! I hand pitted cherries for my apple cherry pie since I wasn't at home and it made me remember how useful it is to have one. I def recommend getting one!

8:09 AM  
Blogger Frieda Loves Bread said...

These look so good! Which Farmer's market did you go to?

8:10 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Thanks everyone! Glad some of you have cherry pitters and like them. I will have to purchase one.

Frieda-I go to the market at Pioneer Park, downtown SLC. It is my favorite!

8:25 AM  
Blogger Gaby said...

I am obsessed with this... I think I might have to make an apple crisp tonight!

8:43 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This looks amazing!! And I'm absolutely going to have to check out those oatmeal cookies below!

8:45 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Fruit crisps are the best. Your cherry version looks yummy!

8:48 AM  
Blogger Flourchild said...

I love that last picture with the little cherry sitting on top! Nice recipe. Crisps are the best for summer enjoyment.
My family and I are going to SLC this weekend and Lagoon! Any nice good and cheap restraunts you might recommend!

9:29 AM  
Blogger Teanna DiMicco said...

I so often want to make cherry desserts, but I don't have a cherry pitter and never want to do the hard labor! Kudos to you! That looks great!

9:30 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

wow those are some gorgeous photos! you should enter them in my best foodie foto contest. details are here

9:42 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Oh, these look incredible! I need to pick up some rainier cherries! I love the little ramekins!

9:52 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

oxo handheld cherry pitter is the best! we have a ranier cherry orchard here in calif (2000 trees). we've already harvested in may so next year i will have to try your crisp it looks yummy!

9:54 AM  
Blogger grace said...

i love crisps. i love cherries. the trouble with your individual portions is that it probably wouldn't be enough to sustain me and all my love for crisps and cherries. they look just lovely, and good for you for doing it all by hand. :)

10:13 AM  
Blogger CookiePie said...

LOVE crisps (I have one up on my blog right now!) and cherries are my favorite summer fruit -- I'll have to try this!

10:25 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I love how you make just enough. I need to learn to do that. When I was growing up my mother always said, if your gonna heat up the oven, you might as well double the recipe. It's hard to get her voice out of my head and I'm only cooking for 3. (sigh)
your crisp looks wonderful. I love cherries!

10:32 AM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

I'm a big fan of fruit crisps. This one looks delicious.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Alexis said...

Cherry pitters cost 10-20 bucks and are SO WORTH IT. I picked up 7 or so pounds of bing cherries for canning a few weeks ago... we spent 10 minutes and canned about 10 cherries and then decided to walk to the grocery store for a cherry pitter. Definitely worth it.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Spryte said...

I've never made a cherry crisp! That looks so good! I've also never tried Ranier Cherries. I always see them. Maybe I'll pick some up tonight!

11:10 AM  
Blogger Snooky doodle said...

delicious! I ve never seen cherries that colour. they re nice. I don t have a cherry pitter but I was so tempted to buy one this year.

12:02 PM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

I love Rainier cherries. Gorgeous crisp!

1:53 PM  
Blogger Aggie said...

I just saw some of these cherries in the store today and wondered how they tasted! They are so pretty!

I made some cherry sorbet the other day, so so good!! I was wondering the same about the cherry fingers were stained after pitting so many!

This looks delicious! My favorite type of dessert!

2:19 PM  
Blogger Suburban Monkey said...

oooh oooh yum!!

2:41 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

aaah, cherries!!! personal size is awesome :)

3:19 PM  
Blogger Amy I. said...

I'm on a cherry kick right now, I can't stop buying (and eating!) them. Your crisp looks phenomenal, Maria!! Rainier cherries are especially wonderful.

I have a cherry pitter (OXO brand), I think it's definitely worth it when you're working with large quantities of cherries.

3:35 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

I just bought a big bag of Bing cherries that I need to use up. Maybe I'll do that tomorrow. Why did I buy a big bag? Because I just bought a cherry pitter from The Prepared Pantry (dot com). They've got great stuff there. They had free shipping (probably don't now), but I'm really liking the pitter. They seem hard to find in stores, but Amazon and everywhere else online has them.

4:38 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

This looks absolutely delicious! I love cherry crisp!

5:55 PM  
Blogger Flourchild said...

Yes we will be staying in down town SLC. We only have two full days so any good palce to eat you know of would be great! I heard of a place called Smooches that was on the Food Network.

5:56 PM  
Blogger amycaseycooks said...

Lovee all crisps and cobblers. I made a huge apple cobbler tonight. I know it is not apple season, but we do so love a good cobbler.

7:45 PM  
Blogger Flourchild said...

Gosh you are so sweet .
Thank you so much for all of the great information! I went to Tony Caputos Deli a few years ago and LOVED it. Im sure we will go there again!
And... Ha ha I did mean to say Mooches not Smooches!
So many choices, I will let you know where we go!

7:57 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Your crisp looks great. I have a cherry pitter (little hand held thing that shoots the pit across the room). I highly recommend one. We have two and my sons shoot the pits at each other. It's a royal mess, but easier than me hand cutting up cherries!! :)

8:13 PM  
Blogger NKP said...

That looks so good! I love the mini crisps. I have an OXO Good Grips cherry pitter, I like it.

8:18 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

What cute little mini cherry crisp, they look delicious, I love Rainer cherries!

8:27 PM  
Blogger Karine said...

Wowowowow it looks so great!!! I should try to bake more often with cherries: the problem is that I cannot control myself and I eat them before I have the time to bake!

8:56 PM  
Blogger Dewi said...

Cherry crisp sounds really delicious! About the cherry pitter, I don't why I don't have one. Maybe because I don't really bother to pit the them. I just use them whole with the pit.

9:00 PM  
Blogger Ingrid_3Bs said...

You pitted the cherries by hand? I have a cherry pitter but have yet to use it. It was on sale.

9:08 PM  
Blogger Clumbsy Cookie said...

Oh dear, do get a cherry pitter! Lovely crisps, I bet the oats and cinnamon were great with the sweet cherries!

4:26 AM  
Blogger ♥Rosie♥ said...

There is something special about having your own portion of dessert, much like a cupcake. These little beauties of dessert sound divine.

5:51 AM  
Blogger Joanne said...

Having my own little portion of something always makes it seem that much more special. Great use of cherries while they are in season!

6:08 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Thanks everyone for your comments on the cherry pitter, I see myself owning one in the near future:)

7:25 AM  
Blogger Jacque said...

Mmm, yummy! This looks like it comes straight out of a Martha Stewart magazine.

Nice job!

9:38 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

I love, love, love crisps - especially cherry! Looks great.

9:39 AM  
Blogger Aimée said...

You know we're crazy about our crisps around here and this one just looks too good to be true. Your cheery photos brightened up my otherwise dreary day--it's raining again!


9:47 AM  
Blogger foodcreate said...

Delicious Crisps! Delicious Beautiful photos!

Thanks for sharing your recipe:)


Have a Wonderful Day~~~~

11:31 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

I love rainier cherries, they're so pretty too. I heard you can pit cherries with a chopstick by pushing the pit through, but I've never done it before.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

This looks so reminds me of a dump cake I make, only this is more..well...healthy. =) I left you an award on my blog, if you'd like to pick it up.

1:27 PM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

Mini desserts are fabulous!

1:54 PM  
Blogger Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Individual desserts are so cute - your crisps look beautiful. I love fresh cherries... sounds delish!

4:45 PM  
Blogger Stacey Snacks said...

I have made clafoutis, chutney, cakes, and I still have cherries leftover!
I will be making these crisps this weekend!

6:21 PM  
Blogger La Cuisine d'Helene said...

A crisp with cherries sounds so good. I have to find out if my store carries the Rainier kind.

7:23 PM  
Blogger Lori Lynn said...

Sounds great.
I bought a cherry pitter years ago, still have it, never used it!

8:42 PM  
Blogger A Bikini Diary said...

I love that you used these lighter colored cherries!! I love crisps and crumbles. Beautiful pictures!! :)

8:44 PM  
Blogger Camille said...

Mmmm!!! I LOVE crisps!!! This one looks so good!! We LOVE cherries here!! Can't wait to try it!!

9:05 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Wow..what beautiful photos!!!
sounds delish..I love a yummy crisp

1:38 PM  
Blogger La Bella Cooks said...

What a perfect individual dessert! I absolutely love Rainier cherries and have been buying them like crazy lately.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

I could definitely go for some of this right now. Although the cherries sound wonderful just with the Greek yogurt too!

4:00 PM  
Blogger Monica H said...

What a cute dessert! I love the first photo.

I have a cherry pitter and while it's still messy, it's much quicker!

4:22 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

RecipeGirl did a post on a cherry pitter a little while back, she seemed to really like it. Of course you know me, I don't pit mine, I just baked them right into the dessert! BAHAHA I still can't believe I did that :-/

5:56 PM  
Blogger Chef Jeena said...

Lovely and crispy with cherries too - delicious.

3:03 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

Maria- these look fabulous! We have been eating a lot Rainier cherries and just made a similar dessert tonight. I wish I would have seen your post first because I love oats in the topping of crisps. I made a crumble. Looks beautiful. I love your pictures.

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