Sunday, June 28, 2009

recipe test: cherry buckle with five spice powder.


i've made some crisps, crumbles and a cobbler or two, but never a buckle.

i saw some beautiful fresh cherries at the market & since i'm allergic to cherries (sorbitol) i thought i'd put them in a buckle that could be shared with others. i'm not so allergic to cherries that i can't eat them at all, it's just i can't seem to eat them with any moderation whatsoever, so i'll eat a whole ton & suffer hives & headaches for 2 days afterwards.

i don't think i've ever had a buckle before, so i'm not exactly sure what to shoot for, here. i adapted a recipe for Blueberry Buckle from the cherries stayed suspended & didn't form any kind of fruity layer, so the end product was basically a doughy bland cake with pieces of cherries in it that made me wish i had some cherry pie instead. i also think the streusel topping needs some work. it was more like the topping for a crisp as opposed to a streusel & there was definitely not enough of it.

blueberries are starting to show up everywhere, so i'll probably try a different buckle recipe soon & check for similarities.

it could be that this is a typical buckle & i'm just not a fan of buckle.

by the way- five-spice powder is a knockout with cherries.

Cherry Buckle with 5-Spice

3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups fresh, pitted cherries

Streusel Topping (see recipe below)

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Grease an 8" round cake pan and line with parchment.

Cream sugar and butter until light. Add egg and vanilla and beat until well blended.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to egg mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour.

Fold in cherries.

Spread into prepared pan. Cover with streusel topping.

Bake for 40-42 minutes.

Remove to wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.

Run a thin blade spatula around the edges. Invert onto wire rack. Invert again onto another rack to cool.

Streusel Topping

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon 5-spice powder or cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, softened

Combine in a small bowl until mixture is crumbly.


Colette Zabo said...

What an interesting use for 5-spice. Great recipe. Gotta try it this w/end!