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Cherry, Oat and Almond Crumble

A comforting recipe for Cherry, Oat and Almond Crumble made with delicious, wholesome ingredients that have been carefully chosen to improve quality of sleep. This can be made with frozen or fresh cherries.

From the book

Heather Thomas, Alina Tierney

Introduction

Eating cherries regularly can boost your melatonin levels, regulate your sleep cycle and help relieve insomnia. In this fabulous crumble they are combined with oats, almonds and pumpkin seeds.

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Ingredients

900g/2lb cherries, stoned
4 tbsp caster sugar
3 tbsp water
2 tsp cornflour
a dash of lemon juice
3 tbsp flaked almonds
crème fraîche or ice cream to serve
For the crumble:
85g/3oz butter
150g/5oz plain flour
60g/2oz rolled oats
4 tbsp ground almonds
60g/2oz brown sugar
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4.

Put the cherries, sugar and water in a saucepan over a low heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes until the cherries are tender and release some of their juice.

In a small bowl, stir the cornflour into a little of the cherry juices until smooth and free of lumps. Add to the cherries in the pan and stir with a wooden spoon until it starts to thicken. Add lemon juice to taste and spoon into a baking dish.

To make the crumble, cut the butter into small pieces and rub into the flour with your fingertips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Stir in the oats, ground almonds, sugar and pumpkin seeds. Sprinkle with two to three teaspoons of cold water and give it a stir to create some small clumps.

Spoon the crumble over the cherries right up to the edge of the dish.

Sprinkle with the flaked almonds.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30–35 minutes until the crumble is crisp and golden brown and the fruit is bubbling around the edges. Serve hot with crème fraîche or ice cream.

Or you can try this . . .

Add some chopped walnuts or hazelnuts to the crumble mixture.

Add some ground ginger or cinnamon to the crumble mixture.

When cherries are out of season use apples or pears.

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From the book: Eat to Sleep: 80 Nourishing Recipes to Help You Sleep Well Every Night

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