Plum Buckle

Plum BuckleRecipe
James Carrier
Notes: A buckle is a simple butter cake that bakes up around sliced fresh fruit.


Makes about 9 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 416
Caloriesfromfat 50 %
Protein 4.6 g
Fat 23 g
Satfat 14 g
Carbohydrate 50 g
Fiber 1.9 g
Sodium 350 mg
Cholesterol 105 mg


1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter, at room temperature
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup milk
4 cups sliced unpeeled firm-ripe plums (about 1 1/4 lb.)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1. In a large bowl, with a mixer on high speed, beat butter and 1 cup sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in lemon peel.

2. In a small bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Stir half the flour mixture into the butter mixture, then add the milk, followed by the remaining flour mixture; stir just until incorporated. Scrape batter into a buttered and floured 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking pan and spread level. Overlap plum slices in rows or concentric circles over batter. In a small bowl, mix remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon; sprinkle evenly over plums.

3. Bake in a 325° regular or convection oven until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.