Cherry-Almond Crumble: Desserts in Jars
I just returned home from Washington State. The weather, in typical Seattle fashion, ranged from cold and misting to warm and sunny. Most importantly, however, was the abundance of cherries in nearly every dinner, lunch, and breakfast spread. Rainier cherries at that.
Being from Minnesota, cherry trees just aren't prominent. Something about freezing temperatures over the winters or something. Cherries do I love, however, and I was eager to start baking a few of my favorite desserts…from my cookbook, of course.
Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine is available June 26, 2012 on Amazon (), Barnes & Noble and at your local bookseller. I am so excited (and nervous) to see this project come to fruition. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Cherry-Almond Crumble in a Jar
For the crumble:
1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
1⁄2 cup sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
1⁄8 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
4 ounces almond paste
1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract
8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1⁄2 cup sliced almonds
For the filling:
5 cups sweet cherries, pitted and halved
1⁄4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1. Make the crumble: Preheat the oven to 350F. In a food processor or in a bowl using a pastry cutter, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, egg, almond paste, and almond extract. Add the butter pieces and pulse or use a fork to mix until the mixture is crumbly. Press 3 rounded tablespoons of the mixture into the bottoms of 9 wide-mouth 8-ounce jars.
2. Make the filling: In a separate bowl, mix together the cherries, sugar, and cornstarch. Divide the cherry mixture among the jars, filling each jar to just below the lip. Mix the sliced almonds with the remaining crumble and add 3 rounded tablespoons of crumble to each jar to cover the cherries. Pack the crumble mixture down lightly to keep it in place.
3. Place the jars 2 inches apart on a large baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the tops of the crumbles start to turn golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet. Serve warm or cold.
Makes 9 individual crumbles.
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