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Coconut Cherry Crisp
Fresh, Crunchy and Summery

Coconut Cherry Crisp

Coconut Cherry Crisp is an easy summer dessert recipe, that is made in under an hour. Sweet coconut crisp with delicious, perfectly baked fresh cherries.

Coconut Cherry Crisp
We have one cherry tree in our garden. It’s been there for more than ten years, but somehow cherries didn’t want to grow. So this year, we decided to give the tree one last chance before getting rid of it and replacing it with a different fruit tree. The cherry tree must have heard us because this year is game-changing. Not only do we have enough cherries to eat directly from the tree, but we also managed to share a bucket with our family AND make desserts. It makes us so happy! So today’s brand new recipe is an ode to our cherry tree. This simple Coconut Cherry Crisp is made in less than an hour, and the combination coconut + cherries is mind-blowingly delicious. It’s sweet, yet slightly tart—just the most beautiful combo. Get your spoons ready, because you will want to dig in immediately.

Simple Coconut Cherry Crisp Recipe

This cherry crisp without the oats is simply divine. Use fresh cherries or substitute with sour cherries.

  • the cherries are perfectly cooked, juicy and sweet
  • the coconut crumble is sweet, brittle and crumbly - absolutely fantastic
  • delicious summer dessert, made in less than an hour
  • simple recipe, perfect for beginners
  • kids and adults will love this dessert
  • serve it with a generous scoop of cold vanilla ice cream

Coconut Cherry Crisp

Easy Cherry Crisp Recipe

How to make Coconut Cherry Crisp with fresh cherries at home

The preparation is simple and quick. We will only use a deep baking dish, saucepan, and a bowl. This is how we make it: 

  1. Pit the cherries and add them to a saucepan with the sugar, cornstarch, lemon, and water. Cook for a few minutes.
  2. In a bowl, make the coconut crisp. It needs to be brittle and crumbly.
  3. Spread the coconut crumble over the cherries in the baking dish.
  4. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes.
  5. Serve the Coconut Cherry Crisp warm (or at room temperature) with a scoop vanilla ice cream. 

Cherry filling for Coconut Cherry Crisp

Coconut Cherry Crisp before baking

Coconut Cherry Crisp before baking

How to store Coconut Cherry Crisp

It's best to serve this easy Coconut Cherry Crisp immediately. We love eating it warm or at room temperature with a scoop of cold vanilla bean ice cream. Store any possible leftovers in a fridge, covered, until the next day.

Coconut Cherry Crisp

Coconut Cherry Crisp with vanilla ice cream

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Lets get cooking!

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  • cherry filing

    Pit the cherries and add them to the saucepan. Add the sugar, Kirsch (if using), lemon juice, cornstarch, and water. Stir to combine and place over medium-low heat. While stirring regularly cook for about 2 - 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer to a deep baking dish (20 cm x 25 cm or 8-inch x 10-inch). Set aside for 10 minutes for cherries to cool slightly.

  • coconut crisp

    Make the coconut crisp. In a bowl, stir to combine desiccated coconut, sugar, brown sugar, all-purpose flour, almond flakes, and grated lemon zest. Add the cold butter cut in small cubes. Using your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour mixture until there are no lumps or chunks of butter left and the mixture is crumbly.

  • bake and serve

    Spread the coconut crisp with your hands evenly over the cherries in the baking dish. Place the baking dish with the Coconut Cherry Crisp on a sheet pan. Place in the preheated oven on the middle rack. Bake for 40 minutes at 180 °C / 350 °F. Remove the baked Coconut Cherry Crisp from the oven and leave to cool slightly, then serve warm or at room temperature with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.

    If you feel like the Coconut Cherry Crisp is browning too quickly on top, then cover it with aluminum foil after 20 minutes of baking.


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