This is a sublime riff on a fruit crumble. An almond flavoured rich cookie base. Juicy, dark cherries. Then a streusel topping whispering the same cookie taste. A cake that is not a cake but a crumble. A decadent dessert that sings of summer.
Once you’ve pitted the cherries the cake goes together in just ten minutes. If you don’t have a cherry pitter it is easy to remove pits with a chop-stick or the pointed end of a decorating pastry tip. Hold the cherry between two fingers and position it on a cutting board. Push the chop stick or pastry tip through the centre of the stem.
The crumble is a combination of ground almonds, flour and butter. A quick whirl in your food processor. Press half the mixture into a cake base with a removable base. Sprinkle with cherries. Then top with the remaining streusel and pop in the oven. This is the perfect summer cake for a picnic. Just transport the cake in its tin.
Dust this sweetheart of a cherry crumble with a little icing sugar. Or indulge with a spoon of clotted cream or a generous drift of whipped cream. The cherry season is a brief so do indulge in this delicious fresh cherry dessert.
The recipe is to be found awaiting you on MRS.BUTTERFINGERS.