I was in the mood to make something new and started search in Allrecipes.com (love that site). After a bit of perusing, I decided to give Chef John's Blackberry Buckle a try. I had no idea who "Chef John" was, but the reviews were good so I decided to trust him. By the way -- curiosity got the best of me so I did a little research. I found out Chef John does online cooking videos and can be found on Food Wishes blog. I think he and I are going to become BFFs.
Here's the ingredient list:
3 cups of fresh blackberries
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup almond meal (I hadn't used this before and found it at our Fresh Thyme store)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 cup milk
7 tablespoons butter, divided
3 tablespoons sliced almonds, or to taste
Step by step:
~ Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
~ Stir blackberries, 2 tablespoons sugar, and vanilla extract together in a bowl; let rest for 15 to 20 minutes. (I went ahead with mixing the batter and the 15 minutes disappeared.)
~ Whisk flour, 3/4 cup sugar, almond meal, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together in a bowl. Stir milk into flour mixture until batter is just combined.
~ Melt 6 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium-high heat; pour into the bottom of a 8 x 12 inch baking dish. Pour batter over melted butter into the baking dish, using a spatula to gently distribute batter without mixing it into the butter, leaving a 1-inch butter border around the sides of the dish.
~ Scatter blackberries over the batter and spoon any accumulated blackberry juices over the top.
~ Bake buckle in the preheated oven until crisped and browned around the edges, about 1 hour. Mine did not take quite an hour. More like 50 minutes.
~ Melt remaining butter in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir almonds in hot butter until golden brown and toasted, 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle toasted almonds over blackberry buckle and cool buckle to room temperature.
End result - yep, it was good. Just look at this berry goodness!
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