Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Blackberry Buckle

I've never been certain what the difference between a "buckle" and a "slump" is. Let's just make everyone happy and call this a "Blump."

I was able to purchase blackberries at a bargain price today (a buck a container) and as it was late when we returned home, this easy dessert was perfect. Danny thought the homemade whipped cream was the best part, but kids just don't understand how special blackberries are (well, I did because there was a large bush next to the community garden and all the kids used to go eat them still warm from the sun).

You Will Need:

1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature, divided

1 cup sugar, divided

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup milk

2 cups blackberries

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Sweetened whipped cream for serving

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease an 8 inch square pan. Cream the 1/4 cup butter and 1/2 cup sugar together. Add the egg and vanilla-beat well. In another bowl, use 1 cup of the flour with the baking powder and salt. Mix well and add, alternating with the milk being sure to end with the flour. Pour into pan and top with berries. Mix remaining flour and sugar with the allspice and nutmeg. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter until a coarse meal. Sprinkle over berries. Bake about forty minutes (you'll need to watch it). Serve slightly warm with whipped cream.

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