I wanted to make something special, this time not only for you dear fellows, but also to celebrate two very important things that have a place today. One is that today is the fifth day I haven’t eat any refined carbohydrates and I feel great! I thought I couldn’t make it but, yes, I wasn’t so impossible I only had to work for it and not give up, it’s only two more days to go but it doesn’t look difficult to get there anymore, I still have a lot to learn from this kind of life. Which takes me to the Second reason to celebrate this day, one year ago my dream of coming to live in Belgium and create this beautiful family with my Fiancé started to come truth. We had to work so hard for it! But here we are, ready for more and now everything seems to be so normal, like it would have been always just pink and flowers... But it hasn’t and we even got to think that it wouldn’t be possible.
And what do I do best when there is celebration? Yeah baby is baking time!
Today I decided to make something significatively more special than the other recipes of this week, as normally I have been posting easy treats that can satisfy you quickly when you are about to jump into the Nutella jar. But the recipe from today is something that even when is not too complicated, it takes more procedure and requires that you have more than a few minutes to dedicate yourself to the kitchen and blow that dust off of the oven. (no, of course in my oven there’s not dust but you know, I’ve seen cases…!)
The Cherry Crumble was just a Go-to too ‘Go-to’ to be ignored, really. First, it’s cherry season! And second, come on, cherries are just delicious, beautiful and they were in my fridge, what else can I say? In fact, is the first time I ever buy cherries and I only tried them once before but I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them from the first moment and finally today the planets aligned on the Cherry favor! Something else about Cherries is that they are actually ideal for any kind of diet as they are full with the whole story about the fiber, vitamins and all those wonderful things I’ve been talking about so much. In fact, I found this to detail it much better for you. Ain’t I a sweetheart?? ;-) hehehe… You don’t have to answer that.
My words are always be too short to describe this creation. Oh Sweet Gooey! It was FANTASTIC!!! I didn’t expect it would come out in so perfect but it was, and more than that. Sweet, as the beautiful cherries I used, I didn’t need much to enhance their flavor and the smell coming out of that pan was just heaven, who said house aromatizers? I make Cherry Crumble at home… It was juicy and intense, but topped with that crust made with almonds, oats and sesame that elevated the texture and cut the sweetness. Everything just worked.
The magic of this recipe was the best part of everything. The cooking of the cherries released the pectin in the peels and everything became in a delicious jam in cuestion of minutes, all this with the addition of only a few tablespoons of honey, at the time that the crust, could have been baked apart perfectly and be kept on an airtight container for breakfast of craving times, it’s delicious and crunchy, but on this occasion I opted for add it to the cherries while it was still raw, so part of it would absorb the juices of the cherries while the top got gold and crispy.
Oh no, I can’t believe I keep talking!! I better stop torturing you and pass to the recipe right away…
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Cherry Crumble - 6 portions 8’’ mold
5 c Cherries (Cut in half and without seed)
4 tsp. Honey
1 tbsp Vanilla extract
½ tsp. Lemon grated zest
Cut the cherries in half and make sure you take every single seed out of it. (you don’t want to break anyone's teeth) After a few patience minutes of cutting, pulling and some red nails I ended up with this this.
Place the Cherries in a pan with the honey and cook on a medium hight temperature removing constantly until the cherries release their juice and starts to reduce. (about 10 minutes)
Turn the heat off and add the vanilla and the lemon zest. Set aside to chill.
1 c Almond Flour
2 tbsp. Sesame Seeds
2 tbsp. Honey
2 tbsp. Olive Oil
1 tbsp. Vanilla extract
Pinch of Cinnamon
Pinch of Salt
Place the almond, the cinnamon, the oats and the salt in the food processor and give it a few pulses until the oats gets a finer texture.
Place it together with the rest of the ingredients and combine with a spatula. or with the hands, the consistency should be a certain paste, similar than cookie dough but doesn’t hold together so good.
At this point, you can convert this crust on a pie crust by smashing it in the bottom of a pie mold or simply bake it like this on a baking sheet to get the snack I was talking about.
Place the cooled cherry jam on a oven safe mold.
Make little balls of the dough and break them over the cherries leaving some spaces without cover. This is where subjectivity show off, you can add as much or less as you like it, I like it with muuuuuch, but I wanted to make it look pretty, so I baked the rest on the baking sheet and added it when serving.
Serve warm, it makes a beautiful match with Vanilla Ice Cream or with English Custard. All possible into the challenge options ;-)
I hope you end up with a plate like mine!