I spent a week with my family at the beach this summer, and one of the many dishes I made during that sunny, seafood-infused time was this cinnamon-and-sugar topped blueberry buckle.
Blueberry buckle is basically a crumb-topped blueberry coffee cake that’s especially popular in Maine, the state that loves blueberries so much they made blueberry pie the official state dessert in 2011. Blueberry plants grow well in Maine because their hardy nature allows them to withstand the state’s brutal winter weather and rough soil. In fact, over 98% of the nation’s low bush blueberries are harvested in Maine.
I’ve shared a similar version of Blueberry Buckle before, but this one is larger and has double the blueberries. I love recipes like this because they’re so easy, which is extra helpful in a rental kitchen. One bowl, one pan, and you’re done.
We ate squares of buckle for breakfast with coffee, as an afternoon snack, and topped with ice cream for dessert. How can you go wrong with a dish that’s perfect all day long? The answer is: you cannot.
This cake is exceptionally moist with a sweet, powdery crumb. It’s a great way to use up some of the summer’s delicious fresh blueberries, but frozen berries would work, too. Just be sure to use a gentle hand when folding them into the batter — too vigorous a stir and you’ll end up with purple batter.
Don’t you think this is the perfect view to go along with a breakfast of Blueberry Buckle? I did…
Enjoy it while you still can!
Summer Blueberry Buckle
Adapted from King Arthur Flour
For the Topping:
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
For the Cake:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
Preheat the oven to 375°F and lightly grease a 9-inch cake pan. You can also use an 8-inch pan, but if you do, make sure the sides are at least 2-inches deep.
First, make the topping. Mix the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl. Cut or rub in the butter until crumbly. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together the sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla.
Alternately add the milk and the flour mixture to the sugar/butter mixture, ending with flour. Add the blueberries, stirring only enough to blend. Toss the blueberries in a small amount of flour first, if you like, to prevent them from sinking to the bottom.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan, then sprinkle the topping over the batter.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick or knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
Yield: 12 to 16 servings
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