Fresh Cherry Crunch
Good served warm or cold. (If you use the chocolate chips, they can be a little overwhelming when it's served warm.)
CRUNCH CRUST & TOPPING
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup Quaker Oats; uncooked
1 cup dark brown sugar -firmly packed
1 cup butter
3 cups fresh cherries; pitted
1 cup granulated white sugar*
1 cup water
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup Semi-sweet chocolate chips
* When adding chocolate chips to this recipe, use 1/2 cup granulated sugar instead of 1 cup.
Preheat oven to 375º F.
Combine the crunch crust ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbs.
Pat 3/4 of the mixture into a 9 x 9 inch baking pan, reserving the remaining crumbs for the top, and set aside.
Combine the filling mixture, except the almond extract and bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until thickened.
Let cool slightly and stir in the almond extract.
Pour filling onto crumb mixture and, if adding the chocolate chips, sprinkle them over the filling, and top with remaining crumbs.
Bake at 375º F for about 45 minutes.
When cool, cut into squares.
Yield: 16 (2x2) squares
Source: http://www.recipesource.com/desserts/cherry-crunch1.html, attributed to Sandy Gamble
Posted by ILpat