Baking/ PBS

Mini Cherry Crumbles


We have some dear friends visiting from Texas right now and I wanted to make fun, individual desserts for us to enjoy….some of us need individual desserts so we don’t eat the whole darn thing with a spoon at midnight if ya know what I mean. I love perfectly portioned desserts! Plus, mini desserts are cute. Perfect for company!

We see our friends, Morgan and Stephen, a couple times a year and they are really such a blessing and encouragement to Adam and I. Whenever we visit Austin, they automatically open up their house to us and are just so generous.  Our absolute favorite thing to do together is cook extravagant meals at home, and Morgan is the ultimate cook/cocktail maker/entertainer (she’s trying to teach me to be crafty). Last New Years we had a blast cooking up a fancy six course feast for our dudes. I only wish we lived closer….maybe someday!

So, like I said, I knew they were visiting for a few days and I knew they shared my love for fruit desserts, so I whipped up these SUPER easy cherry crumbles in their honor!

You guys….honestly, this is the easiest dessert ever. I made them early in the day (for photography purposes) and chilled them in the fridge until evening. Then, we stopped and picked up some vanilla bean gelato to top them with—-it was perfect!

To make ’em, you just need some fresh sweet cherries (frozen would work as well but let them defrost first…I recommend using fresh though since they are only in season for a short time!) tossed with a little lemon juice…..

Put your cherries in individual sized oven-safe 8-ounce dishes (here are the ones I have and love! They were a Christmas present from my parents)….

Top with a mixture of oats, brown sugar, flour and a smidge of butter and then toss in the oven for half an hour. Top with vanilla ice cream and a cherry and you’re good to go! See? Told ya they were super easy. And soooooooo good. They were definitely the hit of the night before things got weird when Adam clicked “Game of Thrones” on TV since we had heard people talking about it and wanted to know what all the fuss was about.

Um. Let’s just say I will have permanent nightmares now from that hour of my life that I desperately wish I could get back. I won’t get into details but…..just say no. I want my mommy. Wah.

Grab this recipe over at PBS Food! You know you want to.

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  • Kelly @ My Love Affair With Running
    June 15, 2012 at 3:02 am

    Yum!! Guess what I have just put in the oven… Thanks for the idea!
    After many satisfying reads I have added you to the ‘Blog I ?’ section of my blog 🙂

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    June 15, 2012 at 3:16 am

    They look awesome…except for….de-pitting all those cherries! Gah! I bet you had some red fingernails for a few days 🙂 But this dessert would be worth it!

  • Katrina
    June 15, 2012 at 3:40 am

    These look fabulous! You know, I’ve never baked with cherries before!!

  • Stacie
    June 15, 2012 at 3:44 am

    Oh, I love cherries and that looks soooo good! Tis the season!

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    June 15, 2012 at 4:27 am

    You need a cherry pitter! I LOVE mine!

  • DessertForTwo
    June 15, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Yum! How perfect! And I could scale them down to serve two 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    June 15, 2012 at 4:57 am

    I love the little coloured pots! You’re right, mini desserts are so much more cute than full sized ones. This dessert just screams summer!! I’ve yet to buy cherries this season (mainly because I’m waiting for them to go on sale!) but it’s going to happen soon!

  • Laura
    June 15, 2012 at 5:04 am

    i love game of thrones! some of the scenes can be very graphic (understatement of the year?), but if you can get through them, the show is fantastic!

  • Kim
    June 15, 2012 at 5:08 am

    Aw, Game of Thrones really is awesome, but it’s also definitely graphic. And it would probably be something you would have to watch from the beginning of the first season…

  • Denise and Laura
    June 15, 2012 at 5:15 am

    Those cherries looks absolutely amazing!

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    June 15, 2012 at 5:16 am

    My hubby is a cherry fanatic! Thankfully we have a cherry tree in our neighborhood that we get first dibs on every year. Pinning this recipe for when the cherries are ripe!

  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    June 15, 2012 at 5:20 am

    I think cherries are probably my favorite fruit, but I hardly ever get to eat them because they’re usually so darn expensive! But this dessert looks awesome … I need to be on the lookout for a cherry sale!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    June 15, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Love this recipe Jenna. Deeelicious. Can’t wait to try this. Happy Friday to you.

    • Jennifer O'Neal
      June 15, 2012 at 6:08 am

      Woo hoo. Great timing. My man-love loves cherry pie. I think this will make a great substitute for his “welcome home from deployment” meal.

  • Marissa@ohhhsolovely
    June 15, 2012 at 5:35 am

    friends like that are such a blessing to have! i’ve been on such a cherry kick lately & those fresh cherries look so delicious!

  • Alisha @ Pink Spatulas
    June 15, 2012 at 5:41 am

    I am so excited to see this recipe… I’m actually going to a cherry farm this weekend and will be definitely making this. Also, your photos are beautiful. They are so clear and crisp and clean. Your blog is quickly becoming one of my favorites!

  • Valerie At The Year Of Living Healthfully
    June 15, 2012 at 6:04 am

    I love how easy this is! Guessing you could do the same thing with other fruits as well, but I love the cherries! Thanks for another great recipe.

  • Ashley
    June 15, 2012 at 6:15 am

    I love cherry desserts! Will have to pick up some fresh cherries at the grocery store today!

  • HilJo
    June 15, 2012 at 6:18 am

    hahaha game of thrones does not exactly seem like your genre (I mean this in a totally unoffensive way!). I hate when I do something and just want that time back afterwards (Hangover 2–seriously WHY did I watch that? ugh.)

    Also those cherry desserts look heavenly. I am heading to the grocery in the next few mins and may need to pick up some cherries.

  • Cait's Plate
    June 15, 2012 at 6:20 am

    I’ve yet to buy my first bag of cherries due to their $7 price tag, but I think I’m going to have to suck it up and just get some because I’m dying for some!

  • brandi
    June 15, 2012 at 6:20 am

    i love single serving desserts – especially in cute dishes like that! as soon as it’s cherry season here, i’ll be making these for sure!

  • Liz@The Intrepid French Learner
    June 15, 2012 at 6:23 am

    1.) I love your glasses

    2.) Where did you get those dishes (are they ramekins?) I love the little handles. I hemmed and hawed over buying cherries at the store last night, and ended up not doing so, but maybe I need to go back and back some.
    3.) I don’t want to sound stalkerish…. 🙂 …but I was googling something related to Eat Live Run yesterday and through a series of links I found some videos of you on youtube. The funny thing is that I have been reading your blog for a couple years now, and based on how you look and write, I had this idea in my head of how you would sound. And you don’t sound anything like that! I think it’s like reading a book and you get an idea in your head of how the character should look and sound and then you find out that someone else’s idea of the character (or maybe the character as portrayed in a movie) is totally different.

  • Teresa
    June 15, 2012 at 6:50 am

    I was just searching the Internet this week for a cherry crisp recipe, and here you post one! I’ve been craving cherry desserts lately.

    My husband got me hooked on Game of Thrones. I started reading the first book this week, and let me tell you, the book is a lot less dark than the TV show. You might enjoy reading it, since you’re a fan of historical fiction. Yes, it’s a fantasy book, but it’s got an old-world European feel — with all those castles and kings and princesses.

    • HilJo
      June 15, 2012 at 9:44 am

      I agree that the first book is usually less dark…I dont know how the show and books will compare as the season goes on, but I would say that the books can be pretty dark at times…(I definitely dont mean to be spoiler-y!) They are cant-put-it-down books though (at least they were for me!)

      • meagan
        June 15, 2012 at 11:30 am

        The first book might be more tame, but that is definitely not true for the rest of the series.

  • Nancy in Naples
    June 15, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Will def. try this one too !

  • The Blissful Baker
    June 15, 2012 at 7:08 am

    These are sooo cute! And they look delicious too! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    June 15, 2012 at 7:45 am

    This looks delicious! Now your instagram makes sense. 🙂

  • Sarah
    June 15, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Mmmm! I love cherry anything and these look scrumptious! 😀

  • Jamie @ StudioEats
    June 15, 2012 at 8:09 am

    so cute!

  • Amanda
    June 15, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I love love love those little mini dishes! I stare at them for far too long whilst shopping in the bake ware isle at the store. I may have to add them to my Christmas wish list this year with the promise of making mini apple pies!

  • Heather
    June 15, 2012 at 8:42 am

    JENNA. i heart that scarf you’re wearing in your picture with your friend! where did you get it?

  • Brittany @ Brittany Cooks
    June 15, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever baked with fresh cherries. They’re so perfect and wonderful in every way that I don’t want to “ruin” them by baking them. Plus, when I buy a bag, it usually disappears alarmingly fast. I may have to make an exception. 🙂

  • Urban Wife
    June 15, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I love cherries and have already pinned this to make sometime soon!

    Off topic but I am dying over the cuteness of your glasses! Where did you get them? Thanks!

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    June 15, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Cherry crumble/cobbler/crisp is one of my absolute favorites. I also love homemade cherry pies with tart pie cherries. Sigh. Nothing better.

  • Carissa
    June 15, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I love your scarf (I have one too!). Can’t stop wearing it all the time especially with my comfy grey t-shirt.

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray
    June 15, 2012 at 9:37 am

    These are so cute! And I LOVE those dishes. A+ gift, parents. 🙂

  • Cassie (bake your day)
    June 15, 2012 at 9:40 am

    These are adorable, Jenna. I love crumbles!

  • Clizia
    June 15, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Definitely agree with your thoughts on Games of Thrones – my boyfriend loves that series, I have to leave the room when he watches it!

  • Lisa Eirene
    June 15, 2012 at 10:08 am

    That looks delicious!!! I love cherries. And I like how small it is–a serving size. perfect.

  • Gina
    June 15, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I LOVE mini desserts, especially with cherries and gelato! I can’t wait to go to the farmers’ market this weekend and pick up a big bag! This weekend is for cherries, next is for strawberries…and these mini desserts would also be fantastic for strawberry + rhubarb!

    As for Game of Thrones…I just can’t help myself…I think I’ve watched the first season 3 times over and am starting round two on the second! Probably not for everyone though!

  • Kelly
    June 15, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Mmm these are absolutely perfect and look so delicious! 🙂

  • Sam @ Fit for My Fork
    June 15, 2012 at 11:11 am

    My goodness these look delicious! Cherries are my favourite berry and I would love to have them in a dessert like this. Do you think it would be possible to make these with frozen cherries?

  • Lee, Anytime Health
    June 15, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I love fruit crumbles! Individual mini sizes are even better! This is a great idea because it helps curb temptation and helps with portion control. I’ve never made a cherry crumble, but my favorite is blueberry pear! MMmm! You got my mouth watering 🙂

  • Jenn
    June 15, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Yum! So…would you move to Texas if it came to be?? I can only picture you as a Cali girl!

  • Jennifer @ Mother Thyme
    June 15, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I just love these! Not only are these easy to make which is right up my alley but nothing beats fresh cherries. I wish I had some cherries right now I would whip this up for dessert tonight. The photos are so pretty too! 🙂

  • Sonal
    June 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I have a bowl full of cherries in the fridge and now I know how to use them 😉

    June 15, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    favorite fruit!

  • Moni Meals
    June 15, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    So fantastic. Not a huge fan of cherries unless it is this recipe. 🙂

  • Katie
    June 16, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Finally someone who shares my hatred for Game of Thrones! Wayyy too graphic for me. I watched a few episodes, hoping it would get less “revealing”, but not so much.

    The cherry crumbles look awesome! And pretty easy to put together, which is always a plus.

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