Mmmmmm! I was lucky enough to be in St. Louis last weekend when the cherries were just coming ripe. I love ’em, sweet, tart, Bing, Napoleon (Ranier), any kind I can get my hands on (or teeth into, I guess) and we just cannot grow them in central Texas, as they are sensible trees and like an actual winter.
I was treated to a beautiful brunch with at the home of new friends, and they heard (probably because I told them) that I have this cherry affliction that goes unfed. See how kind they were? Mmmm… Perhaps I should have pushed the bowls closer together to see if I could make sort of a cherry cherry berry Venn diagram…I think I’m in love! The little red cherries at the front are the tart/sour ones that are perfect for baking. I don’t know the name of the actual variety but they were tasty right out of the bowl, if a tiny bit puckery. Oh mmm…
And, as if that weren’t enough, I was treated to a beautiful cherry crisp. I begged the recipe for us:
Meet Me in St Louis, Louis Cheery Cherry Crisp
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Servings: 8 (if you’re really full from brunch, else 6)
5 cups fresh pitted tart cherries OR 2 (14.5 ounce) cans unsweetened red tart pitted cherries, drained
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cold butter
Place (pitted, oh so carefully pitted!!) cherries in an ungreased 9-in. pie plate. Sprinkle with sugar.
In a bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over cherries.
Bake, uncovered, at 375F for 30-40 minutes or until top is bubbly. Let cool but serve warm.
This crispy crumbly crisp was just sweet enough, and perfectly done. Purists will say that no vanilla ice cream is required and I agree, but in case you’re that sort of person, there is mighty fine frozen custard to be had in St Louis, no worries. This was my first visit and I hope not my last. Great food, new friends, and (thanks again to all (or “all of y’all” as they say in these parts)!) I had a wonderful time.