Bing Cherry & Apple Pistachio Crisp
My Mom used to make Apple Crisp all the time when we were growing up. I think it was her way of getting us to eat more fruit and oatmeal, but we loved it. Brown sugar, vanilla, apples, salt, butter and cinnamon? Name something not to love about this.
This is a variation on my Mom’s recipe, with cherries added because they were on sale at the store yesterday, and crushed pistachios because I love pistachios. This came out so delicious that I couldn’t stop eating bite after bite. Yum!
Pre heat oven to 350. Butter a casserole dish.
Peel and slice 3 Granny Smith apples. Squeese the juice of 1 whole fresh lemon over the apples. This becomes part of the sauce and also helps prevent the apples from browning.
Pit 1- 2 cups bing cherries. I don’t have a cherry pitter, so I just used a paring knife and went around the pit of each cherry. This took only about 10 minutes. It sounds like a tedious job, but to me it was fun, and delicious because you get to eat as many cherries as you can while you perform this task.
Mix the cherries with the apples & lemon, along with 1 tsp vanilla, sprinkle of cinnamon, 1 tsp corn starch, and a bit of salt.
Shell some pistachios, about 1/2 cup. Crush them with a mortar and pestle of food processor into big crumbs.
Mix the pistachios with 1 cup oatmeal, 1/4 c butter, 2 tsp sugar, 1/4 c brown sugar, dash of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp kosher salt. I use my hands, freshly washed, to combine the butter with the oatmeal, pistachios and spices.
Bake for 25 - 30 min at 350 until bubbly and sweet. Serve over ice cream for a real treat!