“…What the heck is a buckle??!”
If you’ve never heard of such a thing, you aren’t alone in your buckle-ignorance. I had no idea why this darling little cake is called a buckle, but I kept coming across recipes during blueberry season. The most common form of buckle is this apple buckle’s blueberry counterpart. Also amazingly delicious. This cake is very much like a standard coffee-cake with a wonderful crumb topping and enough fruit added to cause the poor little cake’s spindly legs to buckle under its own weight.
Since enlightening myself, I have made three or four different variations and have loved them all, so stay tuned for more buckle recipes.
Quite often I find myself thinking that any dessert that doesn’t include embarrassing amounts of chocolate isn’t splurge-worthy. The world of buckle has opened up my mind, even if only to include these sweet indulgences into my repertoire of craved-desserts, while still ostracizing others.
Yup, it’s that good.
Adapted from Angry Asian Creations
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup cold butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup yogurt (or sour cream or milk)
3 cups diced apples
2. Start by preparing the streusel: Combine the butter, flours, sugar, and cinnamon in a stand mixer until the butter is broken down into medium-sized chunks. Set aside.
3. On to the cake batter: In a large bowl, thoroughly whisk together the flours, cinnamon, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
4. In a stand mixer (or with electric beaters), beat the butter, until creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Add the sugars, and beat on medium speed for 5-6 minutes until fluffy. Don’t skip this step, it makes for a really light and tender cake.
6. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour and yogurt (or sour cream or milk) alternately, in 2 additions for the yogurt and 3 for the flour (start with the flour). Blend until just combined. Be care to not overwork the batter.
8. Pour batter into the prepared pan and add the layer of streusel over top.