Fruit Buckle

A buckle is a wonderful and easy dessert that I’ve made several times for family and friends.  It can be made with many different fruits including plums, pears, apples, blueberries, blackberries, etc…  According to James Beard’s Simple Foods, a buckle is another New England word for a cobbler.  Buckles or cobblers, whichever you prefer to call them, are an old dessert that the first colonists used to make.  Since milled flour and sugar were not always in hefty supplies, many people used what was in supply – – i.e. fruit.  Fruit was used to “bring much-desired sweetness to a family meal.”  The buckle that I most recently made was with golden delicious apples.  However, I’ve made this buckle with pears and plums as well.  It’s best to use whichever fruit is in season.  Apples would be best in fall, while any sort of berry would be delicious in the summer.  This dessert is simple to make and is sure to wow your guests.


  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temp
  • 1 cup sugar plus 1 tbsp
  • 2 large eggs at room temp
  • 1 lb fruit
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • confectioner’s sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Coat a 9” round cake pan with cooking spray or parchment paper
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, beat together butter and 1 c sugar until pale and fluffy
  4. Add the eggs one at a time beating well
  5. Add the flour mixture and mix well
  6. Spread the batter in the pan
  7. Poke the fruit into the batter, placing them close together
  8. Mix the cinnamon and 1 tbsp sugar and sprinkle over top
  9. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the top is golden
  10. Let cool completely and lightly dust with confectioner’s sugar


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