Dessert for breakfast is my new obsession. Last week it was these snack cakes, and now this – the breakfast buckle of my dreams. An empty bed and empty stomach in the morning can lead me to fulfilling indulgences we usually shove aside.
I’m going to be honest with you – this is sweet enough to be a full blown dessert; I understand if you don’t whip this up for breakfast. If you do… ice cream is mandatory. Ice cream is welcome in my early morning life, how about you? When you scoop it, do it generously, and with love. I love big, and scoop big – rules to live by.
If you’re wondering what exactly a buckle is; let me explain: a buckle is a single layer cake, baked with fruit, and topped with streusel. It’s essentially a fruit stuffed coffee cake. A fruit stuffed coffee cake!!!! How sexy does that sound? Seriously.
It’s also the breakfast / dessert of your dreams! A dream that can be made into reality in less than an hour – make it come true!
Blueberry and Nectarine Buckle– Gourmet Magazine
For the topping:
- 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
For the batter:
- 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 large eggs
- 2 cups blueberries, picked over and rinsed
- 2 nectarines, pitted and cut into 1-inch wedges
Make the topping: In a small bowl blend together the butter, the sugar, the flour, the cinnamon, and the nutmeg until the mixture resembles coarse meal and chill the topping while making the batter.
Make the batter: In a small bowl with an electric mixer cream together the butter and the sugar and beat in the vanilla. In a small bowl stir together the baking powder, the flour, and the salt, beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture alternately with the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, and fold in the blueberries and the nectarines.
Spread the batter in a well-buttered 10-by 2-inch round cake pan or 2-quart baking pan, sprinkle the topping evenly over it and bake the buckle in the middle of a preheated 350°F. oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean and the topping is crisp and golden. Serve the buckle with whipped cream.