Updating the classic Blueberry Buckle

Believe it or not that ice cream flavor is Blueberry Crumble

Katherine had this in the oven on a recent Saturday when I came home late. She’d also made me a martini. What can I say, some guys have all the luck! She adapted the recipe from one her mom made out of the classic Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. My wife’s version doubles the blueberries and uses sour cream rather than milk. She also ditched the shortening in favor of butter, reduced the sugar… she tinkered. The dough is sticky, but it will spread to cover a lasagna pan. Use a rubber spatula if you need to.

Katherine’s Blueberry Buckle

For cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries

For topping

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter

Grease a 9 x 13 pan and set aside. Preheat oven to 350. Set butter for topping on counter to soften. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt for cake in bowl. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter for about 30 seconds. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add egg and mix to incorporate. Alternate adding dry mixture and sour cream until incorporated. Spoon batter into pan, remember it will be sticky. Spread blueberries evenly over the top. In a separate bowl, mix together ingredients for topping using a fork or your fingers to cut in the butter. When it resembles coarse crumbs, sprinkle over the top. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until golden. Serve warm with or without ice cream.

Speaking of great blueberry recipes: Here’s one we hope to try soon: The Southern Lady’s  sour cream blueberry pie. As you can guess from the title, her site has some wonderful Southern recipes, check it out.

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49 Responses to Updating the classic Blueberry Buckle

  1. nrhatch says:

    Looks delish!

  2. ChefMom says:

    Aww! So sweet. You are one lucky dude. :) The buckle looks um….awesome!

  3. Carrie says:

    Sounds and looks wonderful. A great use for fresh berries. Thanks!

  4. rutheh says:

    I have to go look up what the difference is between a cobbler and a buckle.
    Looks so tempting. And the ice cream heightens the desire!

  5. Great photo. I can’t wait for the sour cream blueberry pie!

  6. Both look delicious! I’m eager to try both once blueberries are no longer $5 a pint!

  7. ChgoJohn says:

    Count me in no matter how you serve blueberries. This looks delicious and I’d recognize Haggen-Dazs anywhere.

  8. I´d never heard of a buckle (apart from the belt kind)….looks yummy. Might try this with cherries as that´s what we´ve got round here at the moment!

  9. fatisrecipes says:

    Buckle? Fill me in. Looks divine.

  10. You are truly a lucky guy :)
    This looks amazing…love the changes she made to the recipe

  11. SimpleP says:

    Love blueberries! I’ll be giving this one a try.

  12. I love the changes she made. It looks so delicious. You are a lucky man! (shes a lucky woman also!)

  13. GroundCherry says:

    Sounds great– my favorite blueberry pue is one that uses a half raw berries with half cooked. That way you still more of the fresh blueberry taste ;-).

    I’ve been putting blueberries in everything from salads to bowls (plain!) to your standards like muffins and cereal. It’s a great year for them.

  14. Andrea says:

    Yummm! Looks fabulous! Love blueberry anything!

  15. TasteFood says:

    I am looking for all sorts of ways to use up the blueberries I keep buying – this is another great recipe!

  16. Holly says:

    I have never even heard of a Blueberry Buckle before?! Let alone an updated version…

  17. Judy says:

    Great minds must run in the same direction! I made blackberry buckle yesterday and plan to post it sometime soon. We love it. Thanks so much for the link on your blog. Your recipes are awesome, too, and I love checking them out.

  18. Oh you definitely had wonderful luck that night. Love how Katherine made this blueberry buckle… very delish!

  19. Charles says:

    Buckle? How did that name come about? Looks yummy though – don’t suppose you know of any ways I can make my own sour cream do you? … I’m guessing opening a tub of cream and leaving it on the counter-top for a week or so isn’t the ideal way :p

  20. You are one lucky man. I hope you tell her that everyday…ten times a day. This looks like an exquisite blueberry buckle…just heavenly.

  21. You are lucky! But judging from your blog, I’m guessing you treat her just as well! This looks great and I would have to say doubling the blueberries is always a good idea!

  22. gisellecagli says:

    I am so trying this recipe!!!!!!!!!!!!! Send my compliments to your wife!! This looks yummy!!!

  23. Lemon&Lime says:

    YUMMM!! I need this very soon!

  24. you are a very lucky man – but I bet you would do it for your wife too! Great sounding recipe and I like the idea of the sour cream instead of using milk. :-) Mandy

  25. 2eat2drink says:

    Blueberry crumble and a martini waiting for you…nice! I might have to try this..

  26. Sounds like a lovely evening! I wish someone greeted me at home with cake and martinis ;). What beautiful colors and the buckle looks delicious.

  27. Caroline says:

    Well, this is just rude. Making all of us drool over the computer screen. I must make this asap. Katherine is such a sweetheart, and she did a wonderful job with this blueberry dessert!

  28. Nothing says love, like blueberry buckle! Gorgeous dessert.

  29. spicegirlfla says:

    I like how Katherine bakes! Double the blueberries for me too! You’re a lucky guy’ I guess you spoil each other. I can’t imagine two cooks in the kitchen but it seems you have worked it out well with her fabulous baking and your good cooking!

  30. I love anything with blueberries, this looks so simple yet delicious!

  31. Yuri says:

    You are both lucky :) I did that too the other day, used sour cream instead of milk in a cake recipe… delicious!

  32. yes, please. I am so excited that berries are coming back into season. I love the substitution of sour cream in this – I swear, baked goods with sour cream are just that much tastier/fluffier/awesomer than those with milk.

  33. I need to pull out my blueberry buckle recipe. I used to make it all the time. When we moved to MI 10 years ago, I made it and noboday here had ever heard of such a recipe. It became a neighborhood request! I catered a graduation party a couple of years ago and the young girl asked her mom if she could have buckle instead of cake! Needless to say I made (12 )9×13 pans of it! We served it with vanilla ice cream.

  34. This looks absolutely wonderful! I’ll have to make it for my husband – blueberries are his favorite!

  35. Feeding Time says:

    Wow, I want some of this! And I want some of that sour cream blueberry pie too!

  36. ....RaeDi says:

    Good picture… it looks so delicious….RaeDi

  37. needtotaste says:

    I made this today and it was scrumptious! Give your wife a thumbs up :) ! I only made a couple of changes–added a bit of milk (maybe 1/4 cup) with the sour cream to make the batter a bit more moist, and used frozen blueberries which I cooked in a bit of sugar and orange juice before spreading them atop the batter. Great recipe, thanks for sharing!!

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