5 cups fresh or frozen pitted tart red cherries
¼ cup sugar
4 tsp cornstarch
¾ cup regular or quick-cooking rolled oats
½ cup packed brown sugar
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
¼ tsp ground cardamom, nutmeg or ginger, your preference
⅓ cup butter
½ cup coconut
¼ cup chopped pecans and/or walnuts
ice cream or light cream, your choice
Oven 375º 2 qt square baking dish, Pam or butter
For fresh cherries, it over a bowl to catch the cherry's juices.
For frozen, thaw, but do not drain.
In a large saucepan combine sugar and cornstarch; stir in cherries and 2 T reserved cherry liquid or water.
Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly. Turn into a 2 qt baking dish; set aside.
For topping, combine oats, brown sugar, flour, and spice.
Cut in butter til mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Stir in coconut and nuts.. Sprinkle topping over filling. Bake at 375º for 25 minutes or till golden.
Serve with ice cream or light cream.