Fresh cherry crunch

Yield: 16 Squares

Measure Ingredient
1 cup All purpose flour
1 cup Quaker Oats; uncooked
1 cup Dark Brown Sugar firmly packed
1 cup Butter
3 cups Fresh cherries; pitted
1 cup Granulated white sugar*
1 cup ;water
3 tablespoons Cornstarch
½ teaspoon Pure Almond Extract
1 cup Semi-sweet chocolate chips

CRUNCH CRUST & TOPPING

FILLING

OPTIONAL

* When adding chocolate chips to this recipe, use ½ cup granulated sugar instead of 1 cup.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine the crunch crust mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.

Pat ¾ of the mixture into a 9 x 9 inch baking pan, reserving the remaining crumbs for the top, and set aside.

Combine the filling mixture, except the almond extract and bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until thickened. Let cool slightly and stir in the almond extract.

Pour filling onto crumb mixture and, if adding the chocolate chips, sprinkle them over the filling and top with remaining crumbs. Bake at 375 degrees F. for about 45 minutes.

When cool, cut into squares.

Note: This is a very rich dessert! From the personal MM recipe database of Sandy Gamble <scg@...>

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