April 15, 2011

Strawberry Buckle

In season - Strawberries

Buckle, crumble, cobbler, pie... 
please don't ask me why.

Now you know we aren't too fancy around these parts. Cobblers and pies make up most of our naming when it comes down to these types of desserts but like every family, there is an aunt from up north, beyond the Tennessee line I believe that once called such a dessert by a fancier name, a buckle to be precise.

Now what makes a buckle and exactly what is the difference in the desserts above? To me it's irrelevant. I mean, it really doesn't matter what you call it as long as you call it good, right? But since I brought it up, a buckle to me is baked like a coffee cake with a cake batter on the bottom, a layer of fruit followed with a crumble topping on top. Now a true crumble is where the fruit is in the bottom of the pan and the crumble topping is bake on top, sort of like a crisp, sort of like a betty, sort of. A cobbler to me has a lot more gooeyness going on in the fruit filling, again in the bottom of the pan and a biscuit or pastry topping is used to cover all or partially the filling during the baking process. The topping is unlike that for a clafouti, where the fruit is topped with a cake batter or sometimes a pudding. Of course, a pie is one where the filling is on top of the crust, sometimes in between for confusion, kind of opposite from a pandowdy where the crust is on top. And then there are grunts and slumps that are cooked similar to the pandowdy, similar I say.

Now that I cleared that up, let's get to the good stuff. Fresh strawberries given to us by our neighbor Ginny from the strawberry festival last week. This is just one of the many great things to do with these juicy red jewels this time of year.


Strawberry Buckle
serves about 6

1 1/4 cups all-purpose
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries or any fresh fruit

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
zest of 1 lemon
1/4 cup butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter and flour the sides and bottom of an 8-inch square pan.

In a cold bowl, combine sugar, flour and zest. Cut in butter until mixture is of pastry consistency, like coarse crumbs.

In a mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Turn mixer on lowest speed mixing for a few minutes to incorporate ingredients. Add buttermilk, egg and turn mixer on low speed. Add melted butter and lemon juice. Beat for 2 minutes. Spoon mixture into pan.

Place sliced strawberries on top of batter.  Sprinkle with topping and then with the pecans.

Bake in oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until center is set and topping is brown.


  1. I just love strawberry season and this is a perfect start to Spring thanks!

  2. Yes, you are right I don't care what you call it...as long as it's good! This does look good! I was looking into the names when I was looking through a cookbook of just cobblers, and it dawned on me, they don't have the brown sugar and oats that crisps have, so I had to do a little research. I like your discriptions.

    I must try this buckle! :D

  3. We recently spent the weeknd in Poteet, Texas for their Strawberry festival..oh drick I ate so much strabwerry buckle, cobble, pie and shortcake..man my jeans are killing me!! thanks for sharing..no one would give me recipes!!lol


  4. I made strawberry shortcake today for my son's 21th birthday. next time I making this it looks so good.

  5. I had to smile about that Aunt way up north of Tennessee. Northern or not, you made a gorgeous buckle/cake.

  6. Now this is one for my house! Looks heavenly whatever you call it!

  7. I can't wait for our strawberries to sweeten up so I can make a strawberry buckle. All this talk about fruit, coffee cakes, cake batter, toppings, slumps and grunts has really got me thinking that cereal in the morning is kind of overrated;-) In other words, I sure do wish I had a slice of this buckle/cake squirreled away for breakfast;-)

  8. Such delicious looking strawberry Buckle. That means spring is here already. Happy weekend to you, Drick. Enjoy & have lots of fun.
    Blessings, Kristy

  9. I say it doesn't matter what you call it! It looks fabulous!


  10. This "buckle" looks heavenly and perfect for using up some fresh Louisiana strawberries! Can't wait to try it! Come on over, when you have a chance, I have an award for you, cher! Yes, another one! lol

  11. I agree, as long as you can call it good :) I am allergic to strawberries but I imagine this beauty would do well with most seasonal fruits...delightful!

  12. Holy Moses... this needs to be in my belly! ProntoSchmonto!

  13. Perfect way to use up some glorious fresh strawberries. Yummy.

  14. This looks delish!! How can I resist something like this??!!