Monday, August 9, 2010

Oaty-Cherry Crumble

"All the world in one grain of sand
And I've blown it
All my world in one grain of sand
And you own it
Black cherry, black cherry, stone
Black cherry, black cherry"
-Black Cherry, Goldfrapp

LADIES (And MEN who like to cook or eat or have a strange obsession with food photos)! How about we pretend that the Internet is the world, nothing else exists, and we all get along just like we do online? How about we pretend we never had to find out how babies come out of mommies' bodies? How about we pretend we were never asked that question as adults ever? How about we pretend to be a little healthy and add cherries and oats to the two evils: flour and butter? How about it, ladies (and men who fit into the long descriptive phrase above)? Play pretend with me.
Pretty cherries. Yummy cherries.
Pop your cherries. Or rather, pit your cherries. Pamper them by drizzling them with some vanilla and water.
Crush the almonds. I spared them the torture of skinning them. So kind of me.
Mix your dry ingredients together in a small bowl and mix in the butter with your fingers. I love the feeling. I wouldn't use a mixer to do this EVER. It's so pointless even if you're making a bigger quantity.
Pop it in the oven for 25 minutes. It starts oozing pretty colored juice (that's not so pretty once it stains). 
Oh look at that. No, no. Not the water on the tray. Look at the edges. Look at the natural gooeyness of it all. Revel in it.
Eat! I get happy when I make something I can't say "pig out" to. It makes you feel that little extra better about yourself. Extra points if you eat it with yoghurt! 

You'll need (per bowl/ramekin):
5 to 7 pitted cherries
1 heaped tablespoon of all purpose flour
5-7 crushed almonds
1.5 tablespoons of rolled oats
1.5 tablespoons of brown sugar
A pinch of salt
1 tsp of water
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1 tablespoon of cold butter
Extra butter/oil for greasing

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Grease each bowl or ramekin. I didn't have enough cherries to fill my bigger ramekins. Throw in your cherries into the serving/baking dish. Combine all your dry ingredients and mix them. Add the cold butter and mix it into the dry ingredients. It'll stick to everything and become... crumbly! Add the dry, buttery mixture to the cherries and bake for 20-25 minutes. Like I said earlier, extra points for yoghurt. Penalties for ice cream. We're trying to pretend we're good to our bodies, remember? 


  1. I love this article. Its been hard to follow ur blog with me working so much - but its totally refreshing to read ur articles. I just didnt understand why you used the word 'or', it should be 'and', i love to cook, eat and have a mad obsession for food photos, lol.
    You make some of these deserts so easy to make, its ridiculous, and i love it.
    I think i would probably loose to u if we had a 'Come Dine With Me' contest, and if u dont know what that is, Youtube it, and have a fight off with a group of friend, and if u win, u will have the bragging rights for life!

  2. Hey Abdi! Haha! I'm sorry! I should have written "and". How sexist of me to think you men can only do one. :P

    I like that show actually. I caught it on TV once or twice and loved the idea. :)

  3. That is pretty Crumble, love the choice of ingredients.

  4. Hi, thanks so much for dropping by. :)

  5. S, these look simply delicious! Cherries, oats, butter, sugar... some of the best things in life.

  6. Hello E,

    Thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked it.

  7. Looks like someone has been using her new 50mm :-)
    Gorgeous pics Sarah! Any kind of fruit crumble is my favorite and this one looks delish.
    Keep up the good work and girl, don't diappear! ;-)

  8. Prerna: Thanks so much! Yes, my new baby is amazing. I love it. :) I'll be posting soon! Hopefully! :D

  9. I am so making this crumble once cherries are in season here - love the addition of oats!

  10. Hey Patricia! Do let me know how it goes! :)


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