Cherries – tons of ‘em – are going to be overtaking the blog for a week. I know that I promised a hazelnut recipe would be coming your way, but I’m postponing it briefly to present you with a 10-pound-cherry-load of recipes. Nothing big… it’s just 10 pounds, you know…
In case you’re wondering, here’s how I got up to my knees in cherries: I decided to take on the 10 Pound Challenge hosted by OXO and the Northwest Cherry Growers. They sent me and a handful of other bloggers 10 pounds of cherries each, along with a challenge to use them in a recipe or two (or ten). Of course, I only pondered whether this was crazy for a few seconds before I said, “Hey, why not?” I like challenges, and contests, and this is both, as all the cherry recipes will be entered into a contest. So just like that, my life was overtaken by cherries. ;) Wooh!
Recipe number one is… *drumroll, please*… Brown Butter Cherry Crumbles. And yes, they deserve a drumroll. I made these on a whim the moment I got home from picking up my cherry-laden mail, and they were perfection. The cherries transformed into a sweet, juicy elixir hiding under a mountain of crispy, crunchy crumble topping in each little ramekin. I love a good crumble topping (please tell me you do too, right?!) and this one may just be the most heavenly I’ve ever had. It’s laced with brown butter and brown sugar, with bits of cinnamon-y graham cracker and nutty oats. Combined with the bold cherry flavors lurking underneath, all hot and juicy from the oven, it just made life instantly better. Oh yeah, fruit crumble can make life better.
I’m sure these would be amazing with a big scoop of ice cream melting on top, but really, they’re perfect as-is.
Contest-worthy? I think yes!
Update: The 10 Pound Cherry Challenge Contest is open for voting! I would love it if you’d vote for me by “liking” the photo for this recipe (and my other cherry recipes!) on OXO’s Facebook Page. Here’s the link for this recipe’s photo. Voting is open until Friday, August 16th at 4PM EST.
Recipe Adapted From: My Baking Addiction
You can check out all the blogs participating in the #10lbcherrychallenge for more creative cherry-filled recipes:
Disclosure: As part of my participation in the 10 Pound Challenge, I was sent cherries and tools from OXO and Northwest Cherry Growers. I was not compensated for writing this post; this is all me!