Monday, May 9, 2016

Blueberry Blackberry Buckle

Rose's amazing Blueberry Buckle
is such a lovely dessert.
I've wondered what a Buckle was 
for quite a while.

This is the optional 
blueberry blackberry

Unbeknownst to me
my grandmother made them
for years.
She gave the recipe to my mother
who started making them.
My mother gave the recipe to
all her friends
who started making them.
My mom's been gone for fourteen
and whenever I run into one of these ladies,
they invariably say

"I still make your mother's fruit cobbler."

I smile and nod because 
I never cared for it.
It wasn't a proper cobbler with
inch thick pie crust
which is what I longed for
as a child.
Also to live on a farm
with a 
red barn.

So now I have to dig out the
"cobbler" recipe
and compare ingredients.
Because while I didn't care
for that one
I absolutely love this one.
Rose's never fail
of adding lemon zest
and juice
with fruit
works every time.

I, however, do not.

Once again the berries didn't thicken.
My beautiful  
aromatic buckle
was soup.
I can't be trusted with cornstarch.

I pulled off the cake and
used extreme willpower
not to devour it,
threw the 
juice in a pan
and reheated it to thicken.
Did you know entire
studies are written
and papers published
on this?
Neither did I.

Thickened berries cooled,
back in the pan
topped with crust
and no one is the wiser.
Except for my husband
who ate
a bowl of 
Berry Buckle Soup
and declared it
Rose Levy Beranbaum


  1. OMG why didn't the cornstarch thicken? why why why? what brand are you using?

  2. Hello Vicki, the blueberry buckle look absolutely yummy looking very well done when you have a moment please stop by my new post. PS I hope you had a wonderful Mother's day too.