Buckle Up!

If you are looking for a fast, homey dessert, look no further.  Depending on where you are from, this could have different names, but for me it is reminiscent of a buckle, where a light batter rises around the edges of fruit as it bakes.Pear Buckle cut

In this case a very quick batter is poured into a hot dish or pan and fruit is dropped into it.  Once in a hot oven, it swells up, wraps around, and becomes one with the fruit in a moist cakey confection.

All sorts of fruit will work, from pears to berries. Since this happens very fast, before beginning be sure to have the oven preheating and all ingredients in place. Pop the dish into the oven before sitting down to eat, and enjoy it piping hot when finished. Or, make it earlier, and serve it warm it when you are ready.Pear Buckle cream

Spoon it into waiting bowls and top with your favorite ice cream.

Pear Buckle

Ingredients

1 heaping Tbsp. butter
2 pears, cored, seeded, peeled, cut into chunks; or 2-1/2 cups any other available fruit or berries
½ lemon: 1 tsp grated lemon rind, juice if necessary
¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup granulated sugar, divided
1 tsp. baking powder
pinch salt
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
½ tsp almond or vanilla extract
 
Directions 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.  Place butter in 6”x8” baking dish or pan (up to 8”x8”) and set in the oven to melt the butter. Cut up the fruit and toss with the grated lemon rind, if the fruit is dry or likely to turn brown, toss with lemon juice to moisten.  Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, measure flour, 6 Tbsp. sugar, baking powder and salt and lightly whisk to distribute.  In a small bowl, whisk the egg, add the milk and vanilla and combine well.
  3. Lightly whisk the milk mixture into the dry ingredients, just to combine.  Pour the batter into the hot dish with the melted butter, but do not stir.  Spread the fresh fruit evenly on top and sprinkle with the remaining 2 Tbsp. sugar.  Bake 35-40 minutes, until bubbly and the top is golden brown.  Serve warm with ice cream.  Serves 4-6.
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