25 July 2005

Blueberry Buckle

posted by gastrogirl @ 9:54 to section Cooking

We’re in the midst of blueberry season, and grocers everywhere are offering cheap pints of berries. What we get here in PA supermarkets are mostly Jersey-grown berries. While these may not taste as perfect out-of-hand as wild Maine blueberries, they still fare quite nicely whether plain or in desserts. In my opinion, baking them is one of the best ways to bring out their best qualities. A blueberry buckle, which is more or less a coffee cake that happens to contain more berries than batter, is an excellent way to make those supermarket berries shine. The quantity of fruit makes it supremely moist, and a crunchy streusel topping adds texture. With a swirl of lemon curd sauce for a bit of tang, this downhome treat is transformed into a sublime summer dessert (or breakfast). Not to mention it’s very easy to make. The following recipe is adapted from one in Cook’s Illustrated magazine.
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