Berry buckle for my birthday

July 30, 2012 § 6 Comments

For my birthday this year, I opted for TWO desserts…yes, two.  I’m actually not a sweets person.  But, I do like fresh fruit.  So, this year, we had a fresh berry buckle, and a key lime pie.  Both were made with fresh fruit, and neither dessert was incredibly sweet.  The recipe for the pie will come later in the week.  For today, we’re sharing the buckle.

Very much like a cobbler, a buckle is an old-fashioned fruit dessert.  It’s casual, not very sweet, and works for a dessert or breakfast.  Use whatever kind of berries are in season.  Our blackberries this year were inadvertently plowed over by the field workers, so we were forced to use frozen berries from the market.  Whether you have fresh in-season berries or frozen, this buckle is delicious.  Don’t neglect to sprinkle sugar on top before baking.  The sugar makes a delightful crunchy crust, and doesn’t make the dish overly sweet.

Serve up any leftovers for breakfast the next day.

Berry buckle

1 cup flour

1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon lemon zest

½ cup butter, melted

2 cups fresh berries (I used a mixture of frozen raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries)

1 tablespoon sugar

Preheat oven to 350-degrees Fahrenheit.  Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.  In a separate bowl, stir together the 1 cup sugar, milk, vanilla, lemon zest, and melted butter.  Pour into the flour mixture.

Pour mixture into a greased 9″ X 10″ ovenproof casserole dish.  Sprinkle the berries over the batter.  Dust the berries with the 1 tablespoon sugar.  Bake for 1 hour.

Serves 6.

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