Blueberry Bourbon Buckle is just the dessert you want this summer. Great for an outdoor brunch--or anytime!
Blueberries and bourbon.
Is there a better combination than the two of those? The oaky vanilla caramel notes of bourbon are just like a gift to sweet and sometimes tart blueberries. For most people bourbon is their winter drink, but it’s an all-year round for me and I especially love it paired with fruit. They just scream to be soaked in it and then tossed into a cake or mashed into a cocktail.
I wait all year for berry season, not just to eat my weight in it but to have fun with what cocktails and desserts and I can make with them. For the longest time I had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to make a bourbon scented blueberry buckle, but didn’t really know what a buckle was.
A quick google search gave me the answer. It’s a crumb cake with fruit. Tell me, why don’t you just call it that? I’ve been eating “buckles” all my life, I guess us New Yorkers just prefer to call it crumb cake! It also turns out that I had baked up something similar in my first few months of blogging. I’d share it with you, but I don’t want to frighten you away with those horrid photos. Let’s just say this is a vastly improved version of that blueberry muffin bar I baked nearly 4 years ago.
This buckle, though, is more about the blueberries than the cake part - and well, the crumb. You have to have the crumb topping! This is the type of cake you need after you go blueberry picking and wonder what you are going to do with the bounty. This is also the type of cake to have around for a leisurely brunch with friends and a sweet treat is needed at the end.
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