This cherry crumble recipe is the first thing I think of baking when it's cherry season. You have to act fast because the cherry season is short. Finish off your next cookout with this easy summer dessert recipe.
A cherry crumble (aka cherry crisp) is made with fresh juicy summer cherries baked to perfection with an almond crumble topping. It's the thing that your ice cream has been missing all summer long.
What does cherry crumble taste like?
Cherry crumble filling tastes a lot like a cherry pie filling, only better.
This cherry crumble filling has a sophisticated twist. Butter paired with almond extract and panela sugar gives this cherry filling a rich and nutty buttery quality. The filling isn't cloyingly sweet like the cherry pie filling that you might find in a can.
The almond crumble topping has a fantastic toasty-caramelly flavor and a delicious crunch that is amazing over a bowl of vanilla ice cream.
Almond scented whipped cream adds another element of flavor that takes this cherry crumble recipe to the next level.
What Goes Into Cherry Crumble
- Fresh cherries have a short season, so you'll want to grab them up.
- Lemon juice adds acid to round out the sweetness in any pie or crumble filling.
- Corn starch thickens the cherry filling as if bakes.
- Almond extract adds a warm, nutty note that pairs perfectly with the tart cherries and the almond crumble topping.
- Panela sugar adds a deep rich brown sugar flavor to the cherry filling. If you can't find it, you can use coconut sugar or demerara sugar.
- Butter adds a silkiness to the tart cherry filling as it melts together with the sugar to create a light buttery caramel.
Almond Crumble Topping
- Almonds add a toasty crunch to almond crumble topping. I chose to use slivered almonds, but you can use sliced almonds or even chopped almonds. I save some toasted almonds to top the whipped cream.
- Almond flour acts as a binder in the crumble topping. I used ultra fine almond flour. You can use regular flour instead if you don't have almond flour or aren't concerned about gluten.
- Steel-cut oats add a chewy and toasted element to the almond crumble.
- Butter melts into the crumble as it bakes and helps to brown and crisp the almonds and oats.
- Panela sugar, cinnamon, and salt add flavor to the almond crumble topping.
Almond Scented Whipped Cream
- Heavy whipping cream can be beaten by hand or in a stand mixer to form fluffy peak.
- Almond extract adds an almond flavor to the whipped cream that brings this whole dish together.
How to make a cherry crumble
- Pit the cherries. If you don't have fresh cherries, you can use frozen cherries in this recipe.
- Preheat the oven to 325℉.
- Combine the cherries with lemon juice, panela sugar, corn starch, almond extract, and butter. Add it to the baking pan. You can use a cast iron pan or a large pie dish. I've also used a casserole pan.
- Make the almond crumble by combining the toasted almonds, oats, almond flour, butter, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Toss together and sprinkle evenly over the cherry filling.
- Place the cherry crumble onto a large baking sheet. This will catch any filling that may bubble over. Bake for 1 hour until the top of the crumble is golden brown and the filling is thick and bubbly.
Make this cherry crumble ahead of time
- Make the filling and crumble the night before! Keep them separate until ready to bake.
- When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven, dump the cherries into the baking dish, then top the filling with the premade crumble and bake.
Take this Cherry Crumble Camping
- Bring cherries or whatever kind of fruit you are in the mood for. I've made this recipe with peaches, plums, and blueberries. Or a combination of those.
- This fruit crumble cooks right on the campfire in a Lodge Campfire Dutch oven.
- Mix up the crumble and pack it into vacuum-sealed bags, butter and all. Check out my post on camping for all the deets.
More Dessert Recipes To Try
My favorite summer desserts usually include fruit like my Blueberry Pie Bites, Banana Cream Pie, Strawberry Mojito Nice Cream, and the Fresh Fruit Pavlova. All of these are light and sweet — perfect for summer.
If you want something extraordinary, check out the Banana Cake!
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Cherry Crumble with Almond Cream
Almond Crumble Topping
Almond Whipped Cream
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream or coconut cream
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon panela sugar Panela brand*
- slivered almonds toasted
- Pit all the cherries and put them in a large bowl.
- Add the sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, corn starch, almond extract, and salt to the cherries. Stir with a large spatula.
- Put cherry mixture into a pie dish or other baking dish.
- Dot the top with butter.
- Preheat oven to 325℉.
Almond Crumble Topping
- Add the oats to a food processor and pulse a few times. Dump them into a medium bowl and add the almond flour, the cinnamon, and the salt.
- Add the diced butter and use your fingers to pinch together and combine the butter and the crumble topping.
- Sprinkle this mixture liberally over the top of cherries. (You may have left over crumble.)
- Bake for 1 hour at 325℉. Or until the cherries are bubbly and the crumble is a light golden brown.
- Whip the heavy cream until fluffy and stiff peaks form.
- Add almond extract and stir. Sweeten with a bit of sugar if desired.
- Serve with extra crumble and toasted sliced almonds.