Right now, in the middle of winter, I’m dreaming of the warmer days of summer, and missing some of the great foods and dishes that are available only at that time of year. Inspired to just have a taste, I bought some frozen pitted cherries and used them in this recipe. They work just as well as fresh. Dairy-free. Enjoy!
Baked dark cherries with pistachio granola topping
1 cup pistachio nuts, unsalted, chopped
1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup rolled oats
pinch of salt
4 tablespoons margarine
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
pinch of cinnamon
2 bags of frozen pitted sweet cherries, completely thawed
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Mix together the pistachios, flour, baking powder, oats, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, cream the margarine with the brown sugar. When fully creamed and blended together, add to the pistachio mixture, combining with your fingers until it has a sticky, crumbly consistency.
In a separate large bowl, mix the granulated sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon together. Then add the cherries and toss until everything is nicely coated.
In either an 8″ round baking dish or an 8×8″ square baking dish, place the cherry mixture. On top of this, carefully place the granola topping, taking care to cover all the fruit with topping. Place in the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes, until the topping is brown and the fruit is bubbling. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.