Monday, July 4, 2011

Cherries and a wood burning cook stove

So here I am sitting in front of a very hot wood burning cook stove (at the cabin) making dessert with my master baker (aka mom!).  Dessert tonight is cherry crisp.  Apple crisp is a bit more common but cherry is a favourite of ours.  We are using Evans cherries picked from the garden, that start out in a juicy sauce that thickens on the stove top. The base to the crisp is the standard oats, brown sugar, a bit of flour and butter of course!  And it all comes together perfectly in the dry heat of a wood burning cook stove. 

The recipe is pretty easy... 
Make a sauce with the cherry juice and a bit of corn starch and sugar.  Allow to simmer until thick and set aside.
Mix together brown sugar, oats, flour and melted butter. 
Pat some of the crumb mixture into the bottom if the pan and top with the cherries and thickened sauce. Top all of this with the remainder of the crumb mixture.
Bake at 350-375 degrees for about 25 to 30 minutes. Just watch the crisp in the oven and it is done when it is bubbling around the edges and the top crumbs are nice and golden.
Allow to cool and enjoy with heavy cream, ice cream or just plain.  If you like your cherries really sweet you could even top it with creme fraiche to help counterbalance the sweetness!

Here are the photos...

Cold cherry juice with corn starch and sugar heating till thickened


Assembly time...

Adding the third layer, more crumbs!

Baked till golden and bubbly

And now after all that I think I need a little taste of said cherry crisp and a cup of tea...
See you all in the kitchen!


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