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Strawberry Almond Buckle

 This Strawberry Almond Buckle recipe is similar to a strawberry cobbler and features ripe, sweet strawberries baked into a delicious, homespun cake. With a tender crumb and a hint of almond flavor, it’s a perfect dessert to make good use of strawberries when they are in season and at their sweetest and best. 



Strawberry Almond Buckle

Have you heard of a buckle? A buckle is an old-fashioned fruit-filled dessert in the same general family as cobblers, crisps, crumbles, slumps, and grunts (and actually there are some folks who might call this a strawberry cobbler). It’s a single-layer cake with added fruit, in which the batter “buckles” around the fruit as it bakes giving it a very rustic yet charming appearance. 

And while you will most commonly see recipes for a buckle made with blueberries, I decided to use our first local strawberries of the season to make this a strawberry buckle recipe. Also, I added just a little bit of almond flour to the batter to make the cake extra tender and moist, and to lend the cake just a subtle almond flavor. And while many buckle recipes include a streusel topping, I chose to leave it off to really let the flavor of the strawberries shine through. (If you’re interested in a blueberry cobbler recipe, check out my recipe for Skillet Blueberry Cobbler.)

And to give credit where credit is due, I want you to know that my recipe is based on a recipe from the book Hope’s Table (affiliate link). It’s a gorgeous book filled with homestyle recipes, written by a lovely Mennonite woman. If you love homemade recipes, I highly recommend checking it out.



Strawberry Almond Buckle

Cook’s Tips:

  • If you don’t want to use almond flour, you can substitute an equal amount of all-purpose flour.
  • I use vanilla extract in the recipe because I find the flavor of almond extract to be a bit too strong for my taste. But if you love almond flavor, you can substitute almond extract for vanilla, or add a few drops of almond extract along with the vanilla.
  • I used salted butter to make the cake, but if you are using unsalted butter, you will need to increase the amount of salt in the recipe from 1/2 teaspoon to 3/4 teaspoon.
  • This strawberry buckle recipe is extra delicious with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.



Strawberry Almond Buckle


So whether you want to call this a Strawberry Buckle or a Strawberry Cobbler, I hope you try this recipe. And if you do, I hope you love it! Please let me know in the comments below.

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Strawberry Almond Buckle with Ice Cream

Strawberry Almond Buckle

Yield: 10 Servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

This Strawberry Almond Buckle features sweet strawberries baked into a delicious, homestyle cake with a tender crumb and a hint of almond.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups + 2 tablespoons cane sugar, divided
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt (use 3/4 teaspoon of salt if you're using unsalted butter)
  • 1 ½ cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 4 cups sliced strawberries

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan, or line with parchment paper.
  2. Use an electric hand mixer or stand mixer to cream together the butter and 1 ½ cups of sugar. Continue to mix, adding eggs one at a time, followed by baking powder, vanilla, salt, all-purpose flour, and almond flour.
  3. Spread batter into prepared pan and top with sliced strawberries. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  4. Bake for 1 hour, or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

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