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Cherry Crisp

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### Irresistible Cherry Crisp Recipe

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Cherry crisp is a delightful dessert that combines the tartness of cherries with a sweet, crunchy topping. It’s perfect for any occasion, whether you’re hosting a dinner party or simply craving a comforting treat. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the steps to create a perfect cherry crisp, with tips and tricks to ensure success. Let’s dive into the ingredients, detailed instructions, and some helpful cook notes.

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#### Introduction

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There’s something truly comforting about a homemade cherry crisp. The combination of juicy cherries and a buttery, crispy topping is irresistible. It’s a dessert that’s simple to make yet incredibly satisfying. In this guide, we’ll show you how to create a delicious cherry crisp from scratch, complete with all the details you need to make it perfect every time.

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#### Ingredients

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For the cherry filling:
– 6 cups fresh or frozen pitted cherries
– 1/2 cup granulated sugar
– 1/4 cup brown sugar
– 2 tablespoons cornstarch
– 1 tablespoon lemon juice
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the crisp topping:
– 1 cup all-purpose flour
– 1 cup old-fashioned oats
– 1 cup brown sugar
– 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

#### Instructions

1. **Preheat the Oven**
– Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish or a similarly sized baking dish to prevent the cherry filling from sticking.

2. **Prepare the Cherry Filling**
– In a large bowl, combine the cherries, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Mix well until the cherries are evenly coated. The cornstarch will help thicken the cherry juices as the crisp bakes, ensuring a luscious filling.

3. **Transfer to Baking Dish**
– Pour the cherry mixture into the prepared baking dish, spreading it out evenly.

4. **Prepare the Crisp Topping**
– In a medium bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Stir in the melted butter until the mixture is crumbly and evenly moistened. The oats and butter create a crispy, golden-brown topping that contrasts beautifully with the juicy cherries.

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5. **Add the Topping**
– Sprinkle the crisp topping evenly over the cherry filling. Make sure the cherries are completely covered for the best texture and flavor.

6. **Bake the Cherry Crisp**
– Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the cherry filling is bubbly. If the topping starts to brown too quickly, cover the dish loosely with aluminum foil.

7. **Cool and Serve**
– Allow the cherry crisp to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. This cooling time allows the filling to set slightly, making it easier to serve. Enjoy the cherry crisp warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

#### Cook Notes

– **Fresh or Frozen Cherries:** You can use either fresh or frozen cherries for this recipe. If using frozen cherries, there’s no need to thaw them before baking. The bake time remains the same.
– **Sweetness Level:** Adjust the amount of sugar in the filling based on the sweetness of your cherries. Taste the cherries before adding the sugar, and adjust accordingly.
– **Topping Texture:** For a crispier topping, use cold butter and cut it into the dry ingredients instead of using melted butter. This creates a more crumbly texture.
– **Spices:** Feel free to adjust the spices to your liking. Adding a pinch of cloves or allspice can give the crisp a unique flavor twist.
– **Nuts:** For added texture and flavor, consider adding chopped nuts such as pecans or almonds to the topping mixture.

#### Conclusion

Cherry crisp is a simple yet delicious dessert that brings the comforting flavors of home-baked goodness to your table. With its juicy cherry filling and buttery, crispy topping, it’s a dessert that’s sure to please everyone. Whether you’re enjoying it warm with a scoop of ice cream or on its own, cherry crisp is a treat that you’ll want to make again and again.

Baking is not just about following a recipe; it’s about creating something special with love and care. As you bake this cherry crisp, take the time to enjoy the process and appreciate the delicious aromas that fill your kitchen. There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of baking something from scratch and sharing it with loved ones.

Thank you for joining me on this baking journey. I hope you enjoy making and eating this delicious cherry crisp as much as I do. Happy baking!

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