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Strawberry Cherry Crumb Cake

Strawberry Cherry Crumb Cake

Making a berry crumb cake is one of the “must do” things during the summer months. Don’t say anything. I know, it’s another recipe with strawberries. Gotta say it’s one of my favorite berries and I always want to make as many creations as possible before the season is over – starting with this bread and ending with this salad. How about you?

Strawberries And Cherries

This time I wanted to test the combination of strawberries and cherries. It’s not the common combo that is seen in most recipe books and I don’t understand, why. The thick, juicy berry filling is the perfect counterpart to the crispy buttery outside. You are sure to find a delight in every bite!

Strawberry Cherry Crumble Bars

This isn’t a difficult cake. There’s nothing fancy about it, but who needs fancy? Sometimes, simple is the best way to go and this strawberry cherry crumb cake will make you a believer.

Strawberry Cherry Crumb Cake Bars

For this cake, I adapted my another crumb cake recipe, that I originally posted last year. If you don’t love strawberries, then try that version with blueberries and raspberries. Both recipes are crazy delicious and such a joy to make!

Strawberry Cherry Crumb Bars

Strawberry Cherry Crumb Cake
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Serves: 16 bars
 
Ingredients
For The Filling:
  • 1½ cups fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 1½ cups fresh cherries, stemmed, pitted, and halved
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • juice of 1 lime
For The Crust:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
For The Topping:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup almond flakes
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease or line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. The Filling. In a large bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch and lime juice. Carefully stir in the strawberries and cherries. Set aside.
  3. The Crust. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, lime zest, vanilla and salt, until creamed. Slowly mix in the flour until combined and the dough starts to turn into a ball. Evenly distribute the dough over bottom of prepared pan and press lightly to hold in place. Spread the berry mixture over the bottom crust.
  4. The Topping. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, almond flakes, cinnamon, sugar and salt. Use a pastry cutter or your fingers to cut in butter until mixture forms coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the berry mixture and bake for 50-55 minutes, or until the top is a light golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes on a wire rack. Transfer to the refrigerator to chill for 1-2 hours before cutting into bars (otherwise it will get messy).
Notes
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
You can freeze these bars as well for up to two months, letting them come to room temperature before serving.

 

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