2 pounds ripe apricots, peaches, nectarines or plums (sliced 1/2-inch thick)
1 cup fresh pitted sweet cherries
2 tablespoons minute tapioca or cornstarch
1/3 cup Sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pure almond extract
1/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons Sugar
2/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick of cold, unsalted butter (cut into chunks)
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
1/4 cup minced crystallized ginger
  vanilla ice cream (optional)