Sunday, July 25, 2010

Blueberry Buckle - Cowboy Camp Meeting for Blue Monday



Blueberry Buckle




Cowboy Church Camp Meeting



Pastor Tom's Right-Hand Man

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Bob and I happened on the camp meeting while looking for decent blueberries. The blue striped tent, positioned along the river and abutting the bridge couldn't be missed. I'll admit to being cat curious and instigating a trip down the embankment to the the camp grounds. We took a few pictures before being joined by Jeb, who handles security and parking for the event. He was as curious about our presence as we were about the revival meeting. Jeb kindly led us through the intricacies of the event and how it came to be. More information about events such as these can be found here. While a man of few words, when asked about attendance he ventured, "Some nights it's a healthy handful, some nights we're packed." Ever the good disciple, he clearly hoped we'd be back and spoke of that a bit, but then shared with us locations of berry fields and farms we would have otherwise missed. I had promised Bob I'd make a blueberry buckle if we could find fruit that had any flavor. Thanks to Jeb, I was able to keep that promise and we had a lovely dessert. Bob loves it because of its thick sugar topping. The topping cracks as the dish cooks and the craters in it surface are how this buckle got its name. The recipe I use was originally developed by Martha Stewart and the topping is based on one made by her mother. Both recipes are delicious and I think best of kind. I really think you love this buckle. Here are the recipes.

Blueberry Buckle...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Martha Stewart

Ingredients:
Streusel Topping
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
Cake
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
5 cups wild or cultivated blueberries
Streusel Topping

Directions
1) To make streusel topping: In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Using a pastry blender or fork, cut in butter until fine crumbs form. Using hands, squeeze together most of mixture to form large clumps. Topping be frozen in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
2) Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a springform baking pan, and dust with flour, tapping out excess. Set aside.
3) In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
4) In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low, and add egg and vanilla, beating until fully combined.
5) Add reserved flour mixture, alternating with the milk, a little of each at a time, starting and ending with the flour mixture. Remove from mixer. Gently fold in blueberries.
6) Pour batter into prepared pan; sprinkle streusel topping over cake. Bake until cake tester comes out batter-free, 60 to 70 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool for 15 minutes before serving. Yield 8 to 10 servings.

You might also enjoy these recipes:
Blueberry Glace Pie - One Perfect Bite
Blueberry Flognarde - One Perfect Bite
Old-Fashioned Blueberry Crumb Bars - One Perfect Bite
Blueberry Ebelskiver - Baking Bites
Blueberry Zucchini Bread - Closet Cooking
Red Rice Salad - Lisa Is Cooking

This post is being linked to:
Smiling Sally - Blue Monday

53 comments:

Monet said...

What an interesting discovery on your hunt for blueberries...and what a delicious buckle you were able to make. It looks like it would be perfect with my morning cup of coffee!

Pondside said...

One never knows what's hidden in the woods!
Buckles, Grunts and Crumbles - all delicious!

Chele said...

I made my first ever buckle last summer ... and it was a bluberry buckle too. My trip for the blueberries wasn't as interesting though lol

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I have never heard of a buckle before but this looks really yummy, will give this a try. Diane

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Buongiorno Mary
il cowboy è veramente fantastico con la sua barba e il suo cappello !!!
Viene voglia di abbracciarlo :-))
Oggi in Italia si stà proprio bene... il grande caldo se ne è andato !
Speriamo che questa aria fresca duri ancora qualche giorno, così si può lavorare meglio !
Buona giornata... la torta è veramente deliziosa a vedersi !

Angie's Recipes said...

Love buckle...wow...5 cups of blueberries! I am sure this taste heavenly!

Foodessa said...

Mary...5 cups of fruit...I'm in blueberry paradise ;o)
I'm sure there are several perfect bites coming out of this cake and one would just not be enough ;o)

Have a great Sunday,
Claudia

Sage said...

You lead an exciting life! and that buckle sounds and looks so good; I have to try that recipe.
rita

From the Kitchen said...

Yum. We are still looking for ways to have blueberries in treats as well as fresh. I really need to start putting some in the freezer to please the "winter bears".


Best,
Bonnie

My Little Space said...

Oooo..... lucky you, Mary! You found 5 cups of fresh blueberries! Or more than that? Gosh, that cake looks awesome. Hope you're having a great time.
Cheers, Kristy

Sandi said...

that looks great Mary!!

Joanne said...

I've been seeing buckles everywhere and I love that they are part cake, part pie. Your story of how you found the blueberries is quite entertaining...never a dull moment!

Brenda said...

What a delicious looking cake and I'm with your husband, that thick sugar topping would be my favourite part too! Have a great day Mary!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I'm so excited for this time of year - buckles, cobblers, and crisps and all that wonderful fruit! Blueberry is one of my favorites - I'm made Martha's Blueberry Crisp, so this is next on my list.

tatabonita said...

I'm a Blueberry freak... Yours is a piece of real delight :D

penny aka jeroxie said...

Oh gosh! This is the first time I saw this.... YUM!!

Val said...

I keep seeing recipes with blueberries as the star ingredient and keep wishing there were a abundant supply of them in my part of the world. I think that this week I will hunt for some and pay whatever price necessarry to satisfy this craving I've got going for them. Your cake looks divine and just the sort of thing I fancy baking.

Lucie said...

Unexpected discoveries are the best :) Great looking buckle, Mary!

Cathy said...

What a nice story. People we meet along the way are the best part of an adventure. How great that he could direct you to the berries you were looking for. Lovely cake, Mary.

What's next said...

I have berries in the freezer from a farm in Missouri... I'll have to try this next weekend when family is in town.

Federica said...

che meraviglia!!! sei sempre bravissima!!baci!

bellini valli said...

Crisps, crumbles, buckles, grunts..I'd have them all if they included blueberries

Jenn said...

I love that you guys stumbled onto the camp...and Jeb is something else! lol Nothing like a little adventure to go along with your blueberry hunting!
The buckle looks delicious...could you just FedEx a piece or two to me, thanks!! :)

Adelina said...

The "buckle" word is new to me, but looks amazing!

Jen_from_NJ said...

My favorite - the buckle! Yours looks fabulous!

Aunt Snow said...

We saw a Cowboy camp tent this spring when visiting Florida, but we didn't explore.

Jeb looks quite a character. How nice that he showed you the blueberry patches! You should bring him a cake!

Pacheco Patty said...

How interesting to discover a cowboy church! I love the blueberry cake with crumb topping, great way to start the day with a cup of strong black coffee!

The Words Crafter said...

This would be fantastic at a family holiday gathering, especially a brunch...I enjoyed meeting Jeb and am glad he helped out on your berry quest.

scrambledhenfruit said...

Thanks for sharing all of these beautiful fruit desserts, Mary. They're perfect for summer! Love your story too- exploring is so much fun- you never know what you'll find!

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Mary, will be trying this...I like the topping too.

Carmen

Annie said...

I like blueberries and this buckle seems perfect to have with a cup of coffee.
Have a nice Sunday

Ana Powell said...

So delicious and amazing ♥

FireintheBreeze (Brittany) said...

Fresh bluberries? You lucky thing! This looks absolutely delicious and I think I'll have to make this for my mother who is a blueberry lover. Unfortunately we don't have fresh ones..

Ps. I read others comments and I, too, haven't heard of a Buckle. But it looks really delicious and moist.

Katerina said...

This buckle looks so crunchy. I wonder if I can make it with strawberries, because blueberries are hard if not impossible to find here.

Rue said...

Love the blueberry-hunting story!

I just picked up some super-sweet blues at the market this weekend - goign to try to find some time to make this!

Brad said...

Love the story as much as I'm sure I'd love the buckle! Awesome. God bless.

Sweet and Savory said...

I made blueberry buckle thirty years ago but I did not know how it got the name buckle. Learn something new, everyday.

I don't have my recipe any more so I will happily try yours.

Mags said...

I finally learned the difference between buckles, crisps, clafouties, etc.

This looks fabulous dear!

Kristen said...

Blueberry buckle is one of my favorite uses for blueberries. I always try to bake two because the first one goes too fast.

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

The buckle looks completely wonderfully tasty!!=)

Debinhawaii said...

This looks delicious--there is nothing better than fresh blueberries baked into a dessert. A fun and interesting trip to get them too. ;-)

Anne Fannie said...

I have never heard of Blueberry buckle before! Looks delicious!
Happy Blue Monday!

Ann

SmilingSally said...

Jeb doesn't look much like any cowboy I've ever seen! Your blueberry buckle looks delicious, though.

Happy Blue Monday, Mary.

Pie said...

Yummy!

My Blue Monday.

LV said...

Jeb is not your typical Texas cowboy. But when it comes to serving the Lord, that is not important. They have those churches all around here.

Jeannie said...

I love looking at your cake pics they are so delicious and gorgeous! This buckle looks really good and scrumptious too!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh YUMMY!! Happy Blue Monday to you...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Sushma Mallya said...

Lovely pics mary...

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

lovely berry berry buckle..heavenly with so mcuh blueberries...a treat to the belly...simply wonderfull....love to hv it with my cup of coffee....

Gee said...

I saved your recipe, will make it this weekend... :O

JEANNE said...

Hi Mary, we are home from camping and admit to loving our own bed. smile. We had a great family vacation. My grandson 13, made a campfire peach cobbler that was awesome. It fed 18 of us. I should have taken photos. My blog was far from my mind. HA!

Blueberry Buckle looks and sounds wonderful. Love your story about the blueberries hunt. What a character Jeb seems to be. A fun adventure.

Thanks for the recipe.

Hugs, Jeanne

livestocreate said...

I really enjoy your background on this one... It makes the recipe even more fun. Looks fabulous and I can't wait to try it.

Ann - Making Family Memories with Childrens Tea Sets said...

Looks YUMMY! And I LOVE your header picture! :)

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