A twist on a blackberry buckle: easy cornbread cake covered by a blanket of luscious blackberries, topped by oat streusel.
I’ve had a hankering to make a blackberry buckle for a long time. Every since, in fact, I saw this recipe on Food52 for Blackberry Cornbread Buckle by janeofmanytrade. So, a couple of weeks ago when Carnivorous Maximus and I stopped by a farm stand in the Central Valley selling boxes brimming with fat blackberries, I knew immediately what I would make.
But would they be good enough for this dessert that I’d been planning in my head for, like, a YEAR? After all, the expectations of any dish I make are inversely proportional to how long I procrastinate in actually making it. When I put off making my own hummus for five years, I expected my first go at it to be rock star. Good enough for the Food Network. Giada should be calling me.
So purely in the interest of research, I slipped one of those juicy babies into my mouth when the farm stand operator wasn’t looking, and it softly burst open with warm berry sweetness and just a touch tart. Sold. Money was quickly exchanged (thanks Myles!). I reserved one box just for snacking and morning yogurt. The rest were destined for buckle greatness I would serve at a casual dinner party with friends.
What’s a buckle? Cake batter generously covered with luscious, juicy fruit and finished with a streusel topping. The weight of the fruit buckles the cake as it bakes, creating a very rustic, farmhouse-like cake. It might not win prizes for how it looks, but it’s one of my favorite ways to eat cake in the summer. It’s tender and moist with a burst of fruit. Summer perfection on a plate.
Serves: Serves 6
- 4 cup fresh blackberries
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 tsp freshly grated lemon zest
- 1 tsp rosewater
- ¾ tsp ground cardamom
- 6 oz unsalted butter, softened
- 1½ cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 eggs
- 1½ cup all purpose flour
- ¾ cup cornmeal
- 2¼ tsp baking powder
- 1 cup buttermilk
- Oat Crumb Topping (below)
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ⅓ cup light brown sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp baking soda
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
- Combine the blackberries, sugar, lemon zest, rosewater, and cardamom in a bowl. Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease and flour a 10" deep dish pie plate, 10" x 10" pan, or 11" pie plate, and set aside.
- Cream the butter with the sugar, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light, about 2-3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, waiting until each egg is completely mixed in before adding the next. You may need to scrape the bowl in between adding the eggs, particularly after the first one.
- Whisk the flours and baking powder together to thoroughly distribute the baking powder through the flours. Even though this is a buckle, it's nice to have an even buckling, so to speak. Fold the flour mixture into the batter in thirds using a spatula until combined. Pour in the buttermilk and continue folding until no streaks remain.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out the surface. Top the cornbread evenly with the berries. By now, there should be some juices in the berry bowl - make sure you add those too! The berries should cover the entire cake.
- Sprinkle the Oat Crumb Topping evenly over the fruit, and bake until a pick comes out clean, about 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Because of all the berries, it's good to test the cake in a few areas. This cake is fantastic served warm or cold, but warm is just a little better. And don't forget a scoop of ice cream.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and toss around with your fingers. Add the butter cubes and rub the ingredients together with your fingers until pea sized crumbs are formed.
This week #SundaySupper celebrates BBQs and we’re all sharing recipes to serve at your next one, whether it’s a small dinner for two or a neighborhood block party BBQ. Big thanks to Jenny of The Messy Baker and Melanie of Melanie Makes blogs for co-hosting us this week! If you’re pulling together a BBQ tonight or anytime soon, we’ve got a bazillion fabulous ideas for you. From beverages (including wine pairing ideas) all the way through dessert, we’ve got you covered here at #SundaySupper.
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- Stone Fruit Sangria from Because I Like Chocolate
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- Lemon Oregano Spatchcock Chicken from Kudos Kitchen by Renee
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- Hot Fudge Ice Cream Pie from Melanie Makes
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- Old Fashioned Sour Cherry Pie from Pies and Plots
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