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Blueberry Buckle: Hello from Under Here

I’m writing to you from a black hole. A brief breath of fresh air in the midst of one of the busiest, most chaotic weeks of work. The reason? It’s called a conference. Have you ever been involved in prepping for a conference? Let me tell you what it feels like: like you will never rise above the water. Being a writer, my work doesn’t usually feel like a never-ending fire (sure, some writer’s block and deadlines can loom, but in general, I’m pretty good at keeping pace). Anyhow, I’ve learned over the years that when you’re working seemingly round the clock, it’s good to remember that a few things are important: sleep, food, and a few mental breaks here and there.

Given that this is my space for breathing, I figured I’d make a stop to say hello, and to share a recipe that is as fleeting as this month. It’s another one of the dishes I prepared for a brunch a few weeks ago and it comes from one of my favorite baking books. I might sound like a broken record (hehe) when I say that Kim Boyce’s Good to the Grain is my go-to book when I want to bake something delicious. And this blueberry buckle was no exception.

I hardly made many changes to the recipe, though I did use a whole vanilla bean, some all-purpose flour in addition to whole wheat, and blueberries instead of huckleberries, as that is what I happened to have on hand. The recipe, which bakes up in a large casserole dish, is enough to serve 8-10 people and resembles a moist coffee cake in the very best way. Burst blueberries dot nearly every square inch of doughy goodness, and the crumbs that fall off the crust beg to be scooped up with your fingers. You’ll probably want to eat it on the day that you bake it, but I must say that it makes a delicious snack for a picnic, on a hiking trail, or with a cup of tea the day after. Just be sure to wrap leftovers tightly in plastic wrap.

Oh, and for those who’ve been asking, turns out that little bean in my belly is a little girl. I can’t stop wondering whether she’ll have my curly black hair or Matt’s green eyes. Now that I know she’s a she, I’m even more eager to meet her!

See you on the flip side next week, friends!

Blueberry Buckle
adapted from Good to the Grain

For the streusel topping:

1/2 cup of whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup of spelt flour
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 tablespoon of dark or light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
3 tablespoons of cold, unsalted butter, diced
1 large egg, whisked

For the buckle:

1 1/4 cups of spelt flour
1 cup of all purpose or whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 stick of unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup of milk
1/3 cup of plain yogurt
4 egg yolks from 4 large eggs
1 vanilla bean, split or 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 cups of blueberries

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and generously butter a 2 1/2 quart baking dish.
2. Sift together the flours, sugars, cinnamon, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Add the diced butter and use your fingers to rub in into the mixture until has it resembles the texture of cornmeal. Use a spatula to incorporate the whisked egg into the dough. Use your hands to clump together pieces of dough to form small clumps of topping. Your clumps should be no larger than hazelnuts — some variety in size is fine. Set the topping aside.
3. Next, sift the dry ingredients for the buckle into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the butter and blend over medium speed until it is just incorporated.
4. Combine the milk, yogurt, egg yolks, vanilla extract, or seeds scraped from the vanilla bean, in a large bowl. Whisk together, then add to the dry mix in the bowl of your mixer. Mix over low speed until just combined.
5. Spread half of the batter over the bottom of your baking dish. Sprinkle with half of the berries, then add another layer of batter and top with the rest of the blueberries.
6. Evenly distribute the streusel mix over the berries.
7. Bake the buckle for about 55- 65 minutes, rotating halfway through, until it’s lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
8. Let the buckle cool in the baking dish before serving.

Musical Pairings: Turtle Giant – All Hidden Places EP + Blueberry Buckle

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Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • emmyk

    AH! I completely missed out on the fact that you were pregnant!!! Oh, Kasey, I am SO incredibly excited for you and Matt! I hope you’re having a great pregnancy – how exciting that you’re having a little lady! Being a mama is the best!

    p.s. this blueberry buckle looks delicious and is right up my alley! I need to check out that cookbook!

  • jaime @ asweetroad.com

    This blueberry cake looks so amazing, and I noticed you set a link to the book on Amazon…. Swoon! I love the use of very simple ingredients in this recipe. There are quite a few of ingredients, but it’s more about the simplicity and easy access!

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thank you! The pregnancy has been great so far (knock on wood!) and I can’t believe that next week I’ll be halfway to the end. I must admit I am dyying for a glass of wine and some sushi. I’m so glad to have so many inspiring role models around me – looking forward to being a mama :) You MUST MUST check out Good to the Grain. I can’t live without it. Seriously.

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Yes! We reinstated our Amazon store after having to close it due to issues Amazon having in the state of California. Excited to stock it up with some of my favorites :) You can be creative with the recipe – use whichever flours, sugars, and berries you have on hand.

  • alla

    Recently I reworked one interesting recipe and baked Blueberry crumb cake. I think, all blueberry cakes are amazing and quite delicious. If you have a time, please, take a look at my cake: http://cookingwithyiddishemama.blogspot.com/2012/08/blueberry-crumb-cake.html

  • Nicole

    Something for my blueberry-loving heart! Yay, a little girl!

  • sarah kieffer

    Yum! Good to The Grain is my daughter’s favorite cookbook to look through, all because of the Huckle Buckle. She giggles uncontrollably at the name. We still haven’t made it! You’ve inspired me now. And I love the blueberry swap.

  • http://www.ladomestique.com Jess O’Toole

    A girl! How wonderful. You are going to have so much fun with her! I grew up in an all girl household, so I think girls are the best. : ) The blueberry buckle looks delicious. Hope you get through the conference ok!

  • http://cookieandkate.com/ Cookie and Kate

    Yay, a girl! Maybe she’ll have your curly hair and Matt’s green eyes. Hope the conference is over by now, so you can kick back a little bit! xo.

  • http://twitter.com/cucinanicolina Nicole Spiridakis

    Just catching up … CONGRATS on your news! So glad for you. She will certainly eat very. very well :)

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thank you lovely! I hope she does! :)

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    That would be the best :) The conference is over and I’m enjoying a day off from work…lots of sleep. Glad to be back in the land of normal/routine. Catch up soon! xo

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thanks, Jess! I totally agree :) The conference went well, but I’m glad it’s over and I can back to my routine :) xo

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    I can understand why – it’s beautiful. I love the name Huckle Buckle, too…I wish I could get my hands on some huckleberries! But, blueberries are just as well :)

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Yes to both! Blueberries and little girls are the best :) xo

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thanks for sharing, Alla! Your cake looks lovely.

  • http://www.aidamollenkamp.com Aida Mollenkamp

    A girl? Congrats — that’s wonderful! Hopefully you’re resting from the conference and able to indulge in some more of that delicious-looking buckle.

  • Kate

    This looks really yummy. I adore stuff like this, definitely desert island food!

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