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Blueberry Buckle Recipe: A Deliciously Simple Summer Treat

I’ve included some videos below for those who prefer to watch rather than read. If you’re looking for a delicious treat perfect for any occasion, this homemade blueberry buckle is a must-try.

This coffee cake with fresh blueberries and a buttery, crumbly cinnamon streusel is not only easy to make but also a crowd-pleaser.

Imagine biting into a tender cake bursting with juicy blueberries, topped with a sweet, crunchy cinnamon crumble. Your family and friends will love it, and you’ll be surprised at how simple it is to prepare. This recipe has been handed down through generations, some say from a grandmother’s cherished collection.

Setting aside a little time to make this cake is definitely worth it. You don’t need any special skills or ingredients; just basic pantry staples. So, roll up your sleeves, preheat your oven, and let’s get started on making your new favorite dessert.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

Here’s what you’ll need to make a delicious blueberry buckle:

Streusel Topping:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

Possible Substitutes: You can use whole wheat flour for a different texture. Coconut sugar can replace brown sugar for a different flavor. If you prefer, use salted butter and skip adding salt.

Cake Batter:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries

Possible Substitutes: For a healthier option, you can use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour. Substitute plain yogurt or buttermilk for milk for a tangy twist. If you prefer, frozen blueberries can be used, just make sure to thaw and dry them well.

Mix the streusel ingredients until it creates a crumbly texture. For the cake, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy, then add the egg and vanilla. Mix in the dry ingredients and milk until combined. Fold in the blueberries gently.

Enjoy baking your delicious blueberry buckle!

Instructions

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

Steps to Follow:


  1. Preheat your oven: Set it to 375°F (190°C).



  2. Prepare the pan: Grease an 8×8-inch baking dish.



  3. Make the streusel topping: Combine melted butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add flour and salt. Stir until combined. Set aside.



  4. Mix dry ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.



  5. Cream butter and sugar: In a large bowl, beat together sugar and room-temperature butter until light and fluffy. This takes about 5-7 minutes.



  6. Combine wet and dry ingredients: Add the egg to the butter-sugar mixture and beat well. Gradually add the flour mixture in two parts, alternating with the milk. Beat briefly after each addition.



  7. Fold in blueberries: Gently fold the blueberries into the batter.



  8. Assemble the buckle: Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the batter.



  9. Bake: Place the pan in the preheated oven. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.



  10. Cool and serve: Allow the buckle to cool in the pan on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!


Tips, Tricks & Storing

Choose Fresh Berries: Use fresh blueberries for the best flavor. If you use frozen ones, don’t thaw them.

Butter Temperature: Make sure your butter is at room temperature for easier mixing. This helps in getting a smooth, fluffy batter.

Streusel: Don’t skip the streusel topping. It adds a delicious crunch.

Prevent Sinking Berries: Toss blueberries in a little flour before adding them to the batter. This helps to keep them from sinking to the bottom.

Preheat Properly: Always preheat your oven to 375°F before baking. This ensures even cooking.

Testing for Doneness: Stick a toothpick into the center of the buckle. If it comes out clean, it’s ready.

Storing

Room Temperature: Keep the blueberry buckle at room temperature for up to 2 days. Cover it with plastic wrap or store in an airtight container.

Refrigeration: If you want to store it longer, refrigerate it. It can stay fresh for up to 5 days in the fridge. Just ensure it’s in a sealed container.

Freezing: Blueberry buckle freezes well. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. To eat, thaw it in the fridge overnight and warm it in the oven before serving.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Try swapping out blueberries with raspberries or blackberries. Both fruits add a delightful twist and work well with the classic buckle.

For a citrusy spin, add a tablespoon of lemon zest to the batter. It enhances the flavor and gives a fresh, zesty touch that’s perfect for summer.

If you prefer a nutty crunch in the streusel topping, mix in 1/2 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts. They add a wonderful texture and extra flavor.

To make the recipe dairy-free, substitute the butter with coconut oil and the milk with almond milk. It will still turn out moist and delicious.

You can serve blueberry buckle warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The cold, creamy ice cream contrasts perfectly with the warm, tender cake.

Another serving suggestion is to sprinkle powdered sugar on top just before serving. It looks beautiful and adds a hint of sweetness.

For breakfast, serve the buckle with a dollop of Greek yogurt. It adds protein and a bit of tanginess that complements the sweet blueberries.

To make mini buckles, bake the batter in a muffin tin. These individual servings are great for parties or as a grab-and-go snack.

Encourage variations (creative). You can mix in a handful of chocolate chips to the batter for a richer dessert. Chocolate and blueberries make an unexpectedly good combination.

Lastly, if you prefer a moister cake, lightly brush the top with simple syrup before adding the streusel. It keeps the cake moist and flavorful.