So while I wait for my fruit trees (read twigs) to grow, I went over to my grandma's to help her pick her cherry trees in her backyard. I've currently got two apple trees and three cherry trees planted at our house, so hopefully in several years we will have our own little fruit grove to go next to my garden (which has also yet to be built).
I wanted to make something yummy with what we had picked, so after rummaging through some old cookbooks of hers (written with a typewriter, oh how I love that), this is what we came up with.
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter
4 cups pitted cherries
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Cut in the butter until coarse crumbles form, set aside. Place fruit (really any kind would work) in large bowl. Sprinkle with sugar, lemon juice, and remaining cinnamon. Toss to coat evenly. Transfer fruit to an 8 inch square baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle with crumb mixture. Bake for 45 minutes until the fruit is tender.
And trust me this is so simple, but so delicious. Plus it screams of my childhood. Although after pitting four cups of cherries, I now know why my grandma let us help!!