Desserts, Recipes

Cast Iron Warm Black Cherry Crisp Dessert

Warm Black Cherry Crisp is the perfect alternative for those who want something more than the ol’ tried and true apple crisp!

Black Cherry Crisp is a delicious twist on a cast iron dessert!

Minus the ice cream, if you’re looking for a refined sugar-free dessert, you’ll want to give this black cherry crisp a try! Desserts don’t always have to be overly sweet and that’s exactly why I wanted to share this recipe with y’all. I’ve been trying to watch my sugar intake and I can indulge without feeling guilty.

Frozen cherries are much easier to use than fresh for this recipe. Place frozen cherries in a small strainer set over a large bowl to collect the liquid while thawing. Reserve the liquid to use in smoothies, cocktails, or non-alcoholic beverages. For example, you can combine some of the cherry juice with club soda and some crushed mint for a refreshing spritzer.

Nothing goes to waste when I’m cooking! The refreshing spritzer is absolutely delicious.

Special equipment:

4 9-oz. oval cast iron mini-servers. (If unavailable, use a well-seasoned 10” cast iron skillet instead).

Black Cherry Crisp Ingredients:

4½ cups frozen black cherries, thawed and chopped
¼ cup honey, preferably local
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1 Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

Topping Ingredients:

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
½ cup almond flour
½  cup pecans, chopped
1/3 cup honey, preferably local
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/8 teaspoon table salt

2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil (or olive oil)

Optional, to Serve:

Greek yogurt, homemade whipped cream, or sugar-free ice cream.
Fresh thyme sprigs, for garnish

Instructions:

Place top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 350°F.

Combine thawed chopped cherries, honey, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and thyme leaves in a bowl. Toss to combine and set aside.

Combine the topping ingredients in a separate bowl and stir until oats are thoroughly coated and all ingredients are well combined. Set aside.

Lightly grease the four 9-oz. oval cast iron baking dishes (or the 10” cast iron skillet) with coconut oil.

Divide the cherry mixture equally among the cast iron mini-servers and spread into an even layer. Divide the topping between the 4 mini-servers, as well, and spread into a thin layer on top.

Place into pre-heated oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until the top is nicely browned and the cherry mixture is nice and bubbly.

Tip: If using a 10” skillet, cover loosely with aluminum foil after 30 minutes and bake for another 10-15 minutes.

Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving plain or topped with some Greek yogurt, whipped cream, and/or sugar-free ice cream. Garnish with a couple sprigs of fresh thyme, if desired. Enjoy!

Warm black cherry crisp in a cast iron mini server with ice cream on top and a spoon
Black Cherry Crisp

Black Cherry Crisp

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Enjoy a delicious twist on a classic dessert with this flavorful warm cast iron Black Cherry Crisp!

Ingredients

  • 4½ cups frozen black cherries, thawed and chopped
  • ¼ cup honey, preferably local
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

Topping

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½  cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/3 cup honey, preferably local 
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/8 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil (or olive oil)

Optional - to serve

  • Greek yogurt, homemade whipped cream, or sugar-free ice cream
  • Fresh thyme sprigs, for garnish

Instructions

Place top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 350°F.



Combine thawed chopped cherries, honey, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and thyme leaves in a bowl. Toss to combine and set aside.



Combine the topping ingredients in a separate bowl and stir until oats are thoroughly coated and all ingredients are well combined. Set aside.



 



Lightly grease the four 9-oz. oval cast iron baking dishes (or the 10” cast iron skillet) with coconut oil.



Divide the cherry mixture equally among the cast iron mini-servers and spread into an even layer. Divide the topping between the 4 mini-servers, as well, and spread into a thin layer on top.



Place into pre-heated oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until the top is nicely browned and the cherry mixture is nice and bubbly.



Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving plain or topped with some Greek yogurt, whipped cream, and/or sugar-free ice cream. Garnish with a couple sprigs of fresh thyme, if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

Tip: If using a 10” skillet, cover loosely with aluminum foil after 30
minutes and bake for another 10-15 minutes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 463Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 64mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 6gSugar: 44gProtein: 9g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 11/26/2020

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Enjoy a delicious twist on a classic dessert with this flavorful warm cast iron Black Cherry Crisp!

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