As summer turns into fall, more and more fruit are in season, and being eaten. Fruit season is short and sweet – pun intended!
I bought a bag of cherries to enjoy while Paul was camping, and I couldn’t finish them all alone, so I had to find a recipe to help them keep for a little longer. This recipe was the perfect solution.
It uses about 2 cups of fresh cherries, which was pretty much exactly what I had left. The whole thing took no longer than an hour to put together and bake. I’m pretty sure I spent more time pitting the cherries than actually mixing the crumb topping and filling.
The original recipe I used is here, and it was so easy. If you are a cherry lover, this is a great recipe that is low-risk, high-reward. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel (I seem to prefer fresh, raw cherries as opposed to cooked cherries), but they maintain a lot of their fresh texture and taste. These really hit the spot! I just cut them into 16 pieces instead of 9.
Apparently these bars really go well with any kind of fruit, so if you don’t like cherries, sub in your favourite fruit and go crazy!
Yield: 16 bars
For the crumb topping:
½ c. butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
½ c. sugar
1½ c. flour
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
For the cherry filling:
2 c. cherries, pitted and halved
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. sugar
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line an 8×8 square pan with foil or parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, combine the cherries, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Stir until cherries are thoroughly coated. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the cooled melted butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir with a fork to combine, and keep in some chunks.
Reserve about ¾ of a cup of the crumb, and press the rest into an even layer into the prepared pan. Spoon the cherry filling over the base crumb layer. Sprinkle the reserved crumb layer over the cherry filling, and bake in the preheated oven for 23-25 minutes, until the top crumb layer is beginning to turn golden brown.
Remove from oven, and cool completely before slicing and serving.