Sunday, July 5, 2009

Blueberry Cherry Buckle

In the spirit of Independence Day, here's a red, white and blue dessert. You're probably sick of seeing fruit desserts and reading me wax on about the glories of turning someone's abundance into something delicious, so let me just say this: I'll be making this one again with whatever fruits I can get my hands on.
More of a fruity coffee cake than a cobbler, it's just sweet enough but not overly rich. It's moist without being heavy, and the presence of fresh fruit offers just enough redemptive value to allow you to eat this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This recipe is adapted from King Arthur Flour's Baker's Companion and adjusted to fit a 9 x 13-inch pan.

Blueberry Cherry Buckle

1 1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. unsalted butter (1 stick), room temp
2 lg. eggs, room temp
1 c. milk, room temp
4 c. flour
1 T. baking powder
1 t. salt
1/2 t. cardamom (optional)
2 t. vanilla
3 c. blueberries, rinsed and picked over
2 c. sweet cherries, pitted

(Note about the fruit: you could certainly add more or different fruit in whatever combination you like. Peaches and blueberries are good together.)

3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. four
1 t. cinnamon
zest from 1 lemon
1/2 t. salt
2/3 stick soft butter (5 1/2 t.)
Grease and flour 9x13-inch pan and preheat oven to 375.
Cream together sugar and butter until soft and light. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat for a couple of minutes. Whisk together dry ingredients. Stir in the milk alternately with the dry ingredients and vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl.

Add 1/2 batter to bottom of pan. Distribute fruit over the batter, and top with remaining batter. Use butter knife to gently swirl through ingredients and distribute evenly.

For the streusel:
In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, cinnamon, lemon zest and salt. Add the butter in small chunks, mixing to make medium-size crumbs. (You could use a pastry blender for this.) Scrunch together some of the streusel to make larger crumbs. Sprinkle streusel even over batter.
Bake fro 45 to 50 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan, on a rack. Serve alone, or with whipped cream or ice cream.


Laura Chamberlain said...

This was delicious! thanks to MY cherries :)

amanda said...

um. yes please!