Summertime means fresh peaches and that means freshly baked Peach Buckle to me! And that brings back one of my favorite childhood memories.
My mother wasn’t a great cook but she loves peaches and this simple cake was one of her favorites.
What is a Buckle?
The base of buckle consists of a rich cake batter, which is sprinkled with fresh fruit. Some cooks prefer to split their batter, layering half in the bottom of the pan and mixing the other half with the fruit before pouring it in.
The fruit is topped with a streusel mixture. During the baking process, the cake batter rises up around the fruit, encasing the fruit in batter and causing the streusel to buckle, creating a distinctive crinkly appearance
It’s an old fashioned dessert developed by the early settlers that we now refer to as a coffee cake. But no matter what you call it, I promise you’ll be calling it delicious!
What do I need to make a Peach Buckle?
Let’s start by gathering the ingredients we need to make a Peach Buckle. In Chef Speak this is called the Mise en Place which translates into Everything in its Place.
Not only does setting your ingredients up ahead of time speed the cooking process, but it also helps ensure you have everything you need to make the dish.
Can I make a buckle with other fruit?
Yes you can. Some of my other favorite fruits for this delicious cake are:
A mixed berry buckle is always a delicious treat. Try mixing some of the other fruits together to get
How do I make a Peach Buckle?
Let’s start by making the streusel topping for the buckle.
Mix very cold butter pieces with the sugar, flour and oats. Mix together with your hands until all of the ingredients are well blended. You should end up with peas size crumbs. Set in Refrigerator until needed
You don’t have to use oats in your streusel topping but I like the texture it adds. I actually used a Bob’s Red Mill Five Grain Cereal instead of just oats.
Next we move on to the buckle batter.
- Cream butter, sugar and lemon zest together until light and creamy, about 3 minutes. (by hand with a wooden spoon or using an electric mixer)
- Add the eggs one at a time, fully incorporating. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl
I used Happy Eggs’ new Heritage Breed blue and brown eggs. The yolks are a deep yellow, almost orange in color. That is why the mixture (and the cake has such a rich yellow color.
Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium-sized bowl.
Here you see the flour mixture with the Greek yogurt and egg mixture.
- Add half the flour mixture to the creamed butter mixture, mixing just enough to incorporate.
- Add Greek yogurt, mixing in just enough until its mostly mixed in.
- Add the remaining flour mixture, stirring in the flour just enough so it’s barely incorporated (there may be dry bits of unincorporated flour)
- Using a flexible spatula (or large spoon), fold the peaches into the mixture. Being careful not to mix any more than needed to get the peaches into the batter.
This is how the batter looks after the peaches have been folded in.
Add the batter to a 9″ baking pan, glass or metal. I like baking certain cakes in glass it gives the finished cake a darker richer appearance.
Because of the way glass transfers heat in the oven, it will bake faster and darker than most metal pans.
Top the peach buckle batter with the streusel mix. Place in a preheated 350 degree F oven and bake for 50-55 minutes.
If you’re using non-professional metal baking pans the cake will take 5-7 minutes longer to bake.
While the buckle is baking, prepare the lemon syrup. Don’t skip this step. The lemon syrup is a delicious addition to this peach buckle!
The Peach Buckle couldn’t have come out any. better. The streusel topping was nice and brown and the cake moist.
Allow the buckle to cool for a few minutes then drizzle the lemon syrup over top of the streusel.
Serve warm out of the oven with vanilla ice cream or enjoy the buckle plain for breakfast. You’re going to love it!
If you enjoyed this recipe, you may also like these:
- Blueberry Buckle with a Key Lime Syrup
- Clementine Cranberry Pound Cake
- Meyer Lemon Pistachio Pound Cake (Starbucks Copycat Recipe)
- Peaches and Cream Cottage Cheese Cake