James Carrier
Yield
Makes about 9 servings

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

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

rwippel's Review

dianezawacki
September 08, 2011
This was delightful! I had it in a convection oven at 325 and it was still runny. I turned it up to 350 and let it go another 10 minutes. It came out perfect! I definately will make this again. The plums were great on top, but I think I'm going to experiment with other fruits too.

Angelaraerae's Review

rwippel
June 11, 2009
The flavor of this buckle was very good. My house smelled fabulous while it was baking. I had the same problem that the first reviewer faced. But, I figured out why. My plums were very ripe and juicy. It was still runny after 50 minutes. So, I switched to convection bake, raised the temp to 350, and baked for another 15 minutes. Voila...a beautiful, moist, and crispy topped buckle.

dianezawacki's Review

Angelaraerae
January 31, 2009
This is a very easy recipe that tastes delicious and makes the house smell wonderful! I have made this several times and it always turns out great.