I was sent two bags of Skylar Rae® cherries for my cherry crumble, but was in no other way compensated by Stemilt Growers.
If we’re being honest here, I was never a big cherry fan. This was mostly due to me being a picky eating child that was convinced they didn’t like something because the didn’t like it several years ago. I’m realizing this is why I held off on liking yogurt and salad and vegetables for so long.
Parents of picky eaters, fear not. Even the pickiest of eaters will usually come around, especially if it’s for a fruit as sweet as these cherries. The Skylar Rae® cherry hails from the Pacific Northwest, and was sent to me from Stemilt Growers. You can imagine the joy on my face when I got home from work and saw the box waiting for me! Food mail is the best mail.
^ Let’s be friends on Instagram! This is a shot of them still hiding in the bag.
So, as just a little backstory on the cherries: the family that grows this particular type of cherry lost their infant daughter and came upon this new cherry. To keep her namesake alive, they named this special cherry the Skylar Rae® cherry to honor her memory. This cherry is also the sweetest cherry (can you imagine a cherry sweeter than one you can already imagine?!) and it is most certainly a cherry worth commemorating a special life with.
This cherry crumble is perfect – the cherries are probably the sweetest fresh cherries I have ever tasted. Those jarred maraschino cherries don’t count! I brought a little container of these beauties as a snack for lunch and a bunch of people at work commented on how good they looked.
Next fun fact: this is my first cherry crumble. I’m a big fan of apple crumble, and figured you could adapt the crumble’s flavors. Crumbles are my favorite dessert to whip up in a pinch because you don’t have to worry about making them look pretty. You can always reserve a Skylar Rae® cherry from the bag and use it as a garnish on top of your ice cream. Garnishes make everything better – it’s fact.
Although the cherries are the real stars here, the crumble is so sweet and delicious. Together they make the perfect pair. This crumble has sweet and juicy cherries topped with a tender and crisp crumble on top.
They taste just as good as they look. I can’t even deal with how delicious they are! It took a lot of willpower for me to not eat all of them before I turned them into this fantastic cherry crumble dessert.
Before you go, let me leave you with this little tidbit. It’s important to cherish the time that we have with our loved ones while they’re still here. Learn to let go of what makes you unhappy and hold on tight to what makes you whole.
Life is much too short to be anything but happy. Bake up something with someone you love today. Maybe it’ll be this warm crumble with a big ol’ heaping scoop of cold vanilla ice cream. I hope it will be!
What’s your favorite summer dessert?
- 2 cups cherries washed and pitted
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 4 tbsp water
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup flour
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp white sugar
- pinch of ground cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 5 tbsp unsalted butter melted
- Honey maple almond granola optional
Preheat oven to 400F.
Place pitted cherries and sugar in a saucepan. Cook on medium-high heat for about 4 minutes or until the cherries are slightly softened. Mix together cornstarch and water and add to cherries. Cook for about 1 minute or until the mixture thickens.
To make streusel/crumb topping, mix together flour, brown and white sugars, cinnamon and salt. Pour in melted butter. Combine flour mixture and butter until it forms a crumbly mixture.
Lightly grease a baking dish. (I used a small square Pyrex glass dish).
Place the crumb topping on top and bake for 15 minutes or until the topping has lightly browned.
This recipe was adapted from Veggie Belly.
For the granola topping, check out my honey maple almond granola recipe that I sprinkled on top of this crumble.