Break out the cast iron skillet and make this seasonal Dairy-Free Skillet Cherry Crisp for dessert tonight! Finish out the summer with this family favorite.
We are in the heart of cherry season and what better way to celebrate and enjoy the fruit of the season then to make a dairy free skillet cherry crisp! All you'll need is a large cast iron skillet and a bowl to mix.
I always make at least one cherry cobbler or crisp each season, and realized during the heart of it that I had yet to make one. I had family coming over for an impromptu dinner and I had a bag of cherries sitting in the refrigerator crisper. I typically like to serve dessert when I entertain (just about anyone), so I knew that a cherry crisp was perfect for my entertaining needs.
I was able to whip it up as my parents and brother arrived and placed it in the oven as we sat down to eat dinner. As we finished dinner I pulled the skillet cherry crisp out of the oven and placed it on the table for all to admire.
The first thing that might come to mind is how the heck am I going to remove all the cherry pits? Doesn't that take a long time? Nope! I love to use the OXO Cherry Pitter--it makes removing the cherry pits so much easier and much more efficient.
I have a small bowl where I shoot the pits into and then I place the pitted cherries in the large mixing bowl. You can do this step up to a day in advance prior to making your crisp.
Once they are all pitted; I add the sugar, cornstarch and almond extract. Then I give it a nice mix to make sure it's all incorporated. I tend to like to use a little less sugar in a cherry crisp because my family enjoys the tartness of cherries. But if you like it sweet then you can place more sugar with the cherries.
After the cherry filling is mixed together I place it in a cast iron skillet. I don't worry about heating up the skillet prior to placing the cherries in but you can if you'd like!
Once the cherries are in the skillet then it's time to top with that delicious dairy-free crisp topping. Sprinkle the oats on as evenly as possible and try to cover all the cherries.
Pro Tip: place the skillet on top of a baking sheet. I do this in case any of the cherry crisp was to bubble over. I hate cleaning my oven and would much rather clean a baking sheet instead.
You can also wait to place the crisp in the oven until your guest arrive. I've prepared this crisp up to an hour before guest arrived and then placed in the oven.
Once the crisp is golden brown, remove it from the oven. I like to serve it immediately or you can let it rest and get up to room temperature. I served this cherry crisp with some dairy-free whipped cream and ice cream for those who have a dairy allergy and for those who do not they enjoyed it with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.
You'll wow your guest with this quick cooking cherry crisp and be happy that you tackled it prior to them arriving.
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