Cherry Tahini Crumble

Looking for a way to use up all those plump, shiny red cherries popping up all across fruit markets these days? Are you also thinking about your waistline and the fact that a sweet cherry dessert will no doubt fuel your summer-clothing (ehem, beachwear) anxiety? Hmmmm … of course you can bake your cherries into a rich pie enveloped in a buttery …  flaky … crust … [snaps fingers to stop the daydreaming] … but remember: waistline, summer, beach, dare I say bikini. So, do yourself a favor and make these Cherry Tahini Crumbles instead.

I substituted any butter usually added to a crumble topping with tahini–a paste made of ground sesame seeds–and combined it with oats, flour, sugar, vanilla and ground cinnamon. As for the cherries I simply tossed them with a bit of sugar, some flour and a splash of vanilla (you can of course use some brandy or liqueur); spooned them into individual ramekins; topped with a few spoonfuls of crumble and baked until golden.

And there you have it: Cherry Tahini Crumble, a little something sweet that will surely be kinder to your waistline.  

P.S.: As luck would have it, I just discovered an event dubbed “Φράουλες και Kεράσια”/”Strawberries and Cherries” being hosted by fellow blogger Royal Coconut at her site. I’d like to submit my little cherry desserts to her event and urge you to visit her site and take a look at Royal Coconut’s delectable dishes. And if you’d like to participate, submit your strawberry or cherry (or a combination of both) recipe to her by June 30th.

Cherry Tahini Crumble
Makes 8 to 10 ramekins or a 9-inch pie

Cherry Filling:
6 cups fresh cherries, pitted
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon vanilla extract 
Pinch of salt

For the Tahini Crumble:
1 cup oats
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup golden brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup tahini

In a large bowl combine the cherries, sugar, flour, vanilla and salt and toss to coat. Set aside for up to one hour.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a separate bowl combine the oats, flour, tahini, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and sugar and stir well so that the tahini is thoroughly absorbed and the mixture becomes “crumbly.” Fill the ramekins 3/4 full with cherries then top with a couple of spoonfuls of the crumble. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet (the cherries will bubble and drip as they bake) and bake for about 30 to 35 minutes until the cherries are bubbling and the crumble is golden. let cool slightly then serve either warm or at room temperature.

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15 Responses to “Cherry Tahini Crumble”

  1. I haven’t really seen any cherries yet in the markets here – though I am anxiously awaiting their arrival. Tahini in the crumble – interesting…must try it out soon!

  2. Rosa says:

    Oooooh, magnificent! I am addicted to crumbles and tahini! That is such a great idea!



  3. I love this twist on a “regular” crumble Maria…very clever! The tahini is brilliant!

  4. Ivy says:

    There are a lot of cherries around here and great idea to use tahini instead of butter. It definitely makes it a lot healthier.

  5. Cherine says:

    A tahini crumble… i bet this tastes like heaven!! Great recipe!!

  6. marika says:

    Hi there, I will be trying these soon… I’ve had a food allergy test and I have an intolerance to yeast and anything that feeds it! sugar, alcohol, bread, cheese, fruit etc… so when my month is over i’ll start to introduce the finer foods like baking your Cherry Tahini Crumble!

  7. Peter says:

    Great thinking with subbing tanhini for butter! This is a very unique and original dish, bravo sou!

  8. Anna A says:

    Whoa loving that Tahini cherry polka dota bikini action you got going! Very creative.

  9. alison says:

    very interesting!crumble with tahini,it’s fantastic!

  10. The tahini crumble is very inspiring!

  11. Vasiliki says:

    What a wonderfull combination!I Love cherries and i love tahini!! I will try this soon…


  12. What a splendid idea! Add to my must-try list!

  13. velva says:

    This cherry tahini crumble looks really good. I love cherries.

    Thanks for sharing.

  14. Such an original idea Maria to sub butter for tahini. My waistline and I thank you :)

  15. Angela says:

    This looks fabulous. I loved that you used Tahini. I must try this. Well done!

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