Sour Cherry Crumble

I’m back!
And another weekend is upon us…


I’ve been thinking a lot about my next vacation and perhaps it’s the weather, but right now…
I want nothing more than to lie under a giant umbrella in a sunny locale and just read for hours on end.
I did a bit of reading over the weekend; actually, I read a whole lot.
This led me to two realizations; reading is time consuming, and I very much miss reading.

I’m reading IQ84 over several months, just a few pages each month, unrushed.
I stayed up late last Friday reading the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy; curiosity had gotten the best of me…
Whoa Nelly!

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I read way, way into the night until dawn. I miss that!
I used to love reading through the night when I was younger and could subsist on a few hours of sleep.

Once, when I was about twelve, I got @adjoa’s (borrowed) copy of Judith Krantz’s Scruples and stayed in bed all weekend reading it.
I read ferociously through the night till the sun came up, my mom was convinced I was sick.
The thing with embarking on a read-a-thon is that pesky little things like hunger and the urge to pee sometimes gets in the way.
It always helps to have food around…

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I made sour cherry crumble last weekend when I finally came up for air; it’s perfect for weekends dedicated to reading.
It’s so good and dreamy, I never get tired of it; the first time I made it, it’s all I ate that day.
I usually use a jar of morello cherries (from Trader Joe’s) and toss in an apple for bulk and crunch.
The topping usually varies, but I prefer oats, crushed pistachios and cranberries with a bit of coconut oil.
I made enough to last the weekend, and ate it by the bowlful between reading.
Sometimes with milk or a scope of ice cream, or custard, or yoghurt… it’s really good with yoghurt


Sour Cherry Crumble


  • 1 jar of Trader Joe’s Morello Cherries, drained (or about 340g of pitted sour cherries)
  • 1 tart apple, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (I used Bird’s custard powder)
  • A splash of lemon juice


  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour (optional)
  • 1/2 cup of crushed pistachios
  • A handful of dried cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons of turbinado sugar (or less)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of cold coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and slightly oil a baking or pie dish (I used a small 8-inch cake pan)
  2. In a medium bowl, combine cherries, apples, 2 tablespoons of sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice
  3. Mix and pour into the baking dish
  4. In a smaller bowl, add oats, flour, pistachios, and cranberries with 3 tablespoons of sugar, salt and ground cinnamon
  5. Add and rub in coconut oil until the mixture is crumbly
  6. Sprinkle over cherries and bake for about 40 – 45, or until topping is golden brown.
  7. Enjoy!



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  • Reply Myfudo

    I love sour cherry…and this is yummy! I will try this really soon!

    11 March, 2012 at 10:36 pm
    • Reply Elsa

      Thanks, let me know how it turns out when you try it.

      12 March, 2012 at 12:10 am

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