Monday, July 27, 2009

Blueberry Buckle

One of the advantages of writing a blog about local food is that friends invite me to their local food feasts and send me pictures of things like blueberry buckle.

Actually, I am not sure if it is an advantage to be sent a picture of something so obviously delicious that I can't eat. Especially after the peach berry cake fiasco, a cake which nearly killed a man. I like to think that this is what our cake was trying to be.

I think Omar is teasing me with this item because of the many times he has had to read my posts about food to which he is not privy. From Omar:

I made a blueberry buckle over the weekend, one of my seasonal baked goods. It's a dense cake-like batter that can hold up to the 20oz (!) of fresh blueberries that go into it. Topped with a crisp streusel. Photos attached to make ya hungry. :)

Yeah, okay, it worked. Omar, could you please share the recipe?


Yeon said...

Wow! That looks really good!

Omar said...

I was bad and sent this out mid-day too, probably right around when people were needing a dessert fix :)

It's from Cook's Illustrated. Keeps a few days but the streusel looses its crunch after a day (still very tasty). Don't use frozen berries (too much water) Accompany with whipped cream or ice-cream.

Directions call for making the streusel in a stand-mixer, but it's a pretty standard technique so food-processor or by hand should work just as well for that.

1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (2 1/2 ounces)

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar (3 1/2 ounces)

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch table salt

4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), cut into 8 pieces, softened but still cool


1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour ( 7 1/2 ounces)

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

10 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 1/4 stick), softened but still cool

2/3 cup granulated sugar (about 4 3/4 ounces)

1/2 teaspoon table salt

1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 large eggs , room temp

4 cups fresh blueberries (about 20 oz), picked over

1. For the streusel: In standing mixer fitted with flat beater, combine flour, sugars, cinnamon, and salt on low speed until well combined and no large brown sugar lumps remain, about 45 seconds. Add butter and mix on low until mixture resembles wet sand and no large butter pieces remain, about 2 1/2 minutes. Transfer streusel to small bowl and set aside.

2. For the cake: Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position; heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9-inch round cake pan with 2-inch sides with nonstick cooking spray, line bottom with parchment or waxed paper round, and spray round; dust pan with flour and knock out excess.

3. Whisk flour and baking powder in small bowl to combine; set aside. In standing mixer fitted with flat beater, cream butter, sugar, salt, and lemon zest at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes; using rubber spatula, scrape down bowl. Beat in vanilla until combined, about 30 seconds. With mixer running at medium speed, add eggs one at a time; beat until partially incorporated, then scrape down bowl and continue to beat until fully incorporated (mixture will appear broken). With mixer running on low speed, gradually add flour mixture; beat until flour is almost fully incorporated, about 20 seconds. Disengage bowl from mixer; stir batter with rubber spatula, scraping bottom and sides of bowl, until no flour pockets remain and batter is homogenous; batter will be very heavy and thick. Using rubber spatula, gently fold in blueberries until evenly distributed.

4. Transfer batter to prepared pan; with rubber spatula, using a pushing motion, spread batter evenly to pan edges and smooth surface. Squeeze handful of streusel in hand to form large cohesive clump; break up clump with fingers and sprinkle streusel evenly over batter. Repeat with remaining streusel. Bake until deep golden brown and toothpick or wooden skewer inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Cool on wire rack 15 to 20 minutes (cake will fall slightly as it cools).

5. Run paring knife around sides of cake to loosen. Place upside-down plate (do not use plate or platter on which you plan to serve the cake) on top of cake pan; invert cake to remove from pan, lift off cake pan, then peel off and discard parchment. Re-invert cake onto serving platter. Cool until just warm or to room temperature, at least 1 hour.

Eat and enjoy. :)

smoo said...

Yes you were bad but you are forgiven thanks to the recipe.

Yeon said...

Omar: I made the cake with possibly the last in-season local blueberries. Dan, my coworkers, and friends thank you - they loved the cake!