Mel’s Diner

Sharp Knives, Raw Meat and Fire


Summer fruits are starting to ripen and with that comes the DESSERTS!  I know, fruit is good for a snack, a salad, etc., but c’mon, what we really want are the desserts.  And this recipe is so simple, there’s no reason not to make it every night (except for the weight gain, of course).

One of my family’s favorite fresh fruit deserts is the crisp.  It can be made with just about any summer and fall fruit, but it is best with berries.  I was at the store and I spotted some fresh cherries and scooped them up for this desert.  Sure, I had to pit them and it’s amazing where fruit juice can fly to when you force a pit out the side of a berry, but it was worth it. 

(I know, technically, cherries aren’t berries, they’re drupes, but who wants a drupe crisp?  As a man, the thought scares me for some reason.)


  • 4 cups Fresh Fruit
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1 stick Butter

Place fruit in an 8 X 8 baking dish.  Mix the flour, sugar and baking powder together and pour over fruit.  Melt butter and mix with the egg.  Slowly pour over the dry mixture.  If you want, you can now lightly sprinkle sugar over everything, giving it a sweet, crunchy top when it’s done.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for 35 minutes, until the fruit is bubbly and the top golden brown.

Here’s some pictures at various stages in the baking:

Fresh Cherries

Ready for the oven



July 8, 2008 - Posted by | Dessert, Recipe


  1. Holy cow does that look good. I wish you’d posted this last weekend when I was up to my eyeballs in cherries.

    Comment by Sara | July 8, 2008 | Reply

  2. I’ve been dying to pick up some cherries, but at $6 a pound, i just can’t bring myself to splurge. That looks great!!

    Comment by Elle | July 8, 2008 | Reply

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