Summer desserts should be as relaxed and simple as are the lazy days. Buttermilk Peach Buckle is a one skillet dessert recipe that is a snap to make and everyone will love it. Perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Gluten-free or regular depending on the flour used.
This time of the summer is always so exciting as fresh, ripe peaches begin to roll in. We are fortunate in Colorado as peaches are a star crop of our Rocky Mountain Western Slope. I had the chance while on a trip touring Colorado’s wine country (yes there is such a thing) a few years ago to sample peaches from the same region and to say they melt in your mouth is an understatement. They truly taste like nectar of the gods!
Generally, you don’t find peaches in very high brow desserts. They are conducive to more relaxed, homey recipes such as the Buttermilk Peach Buckle dessert I’m sharing today. The effort is low on this dessert and the return high. It feels like the dessert you’d enjoy from your Grandmother’s table on a Sunday afternoon, doesn’t it?
Using peaches in a cobbler is certainly a summer mainstay however I decided to make a buckle. A buckle is close to a coffee cake with fruit and it is very common to find it made with blueberries. The fruit is layered on top of a cake batter then topped with a streusel mixture allowing the cake to envelop the fruit when baking. The streusel melts, forming a crisp, sugary top crust. It is oh-so-simple to make and would be as welcome on the breakfast table as it is to end a casual meal.
If you are like me, once you dip your toe into the Americana dessert pond, you’ll find yourself hooked on making them! These rustic, approachable desserts add a welcoming feel to the end of dinner, begging one to sit and chat for awhile rather than rushing off to complete a To Do list! And they are so simple to make.
Some other favorites of mine include Fruit Crumble in mini Mason Jars, Plum Slump, Raspberry Pandowdy, sour cream biscuits (you can even make cobbler in the slow cooker!), Rhubarb Grunt (don’t let the classic name put you off, it’s delicious) and Spicy Apple Crisp with Cranberries and Walnuts which is fantastic in the fall.
As for peaches, the recipe opportunities abound. From Peach Bellini’s (cocktails) to Olive Oil Ice Cream with Peach Ripple and several in between, I’m sure we have some recipes destined to become your new summer peach favorite recipes on Boulder Locavore!
Classic Americana desserts such as a fruit Buckle as not only very easy to make but they showcase in season fruits with a rustic charm that not many can resist! This vintage recipe redo uses updated spices of freshly ground nutmeg and Chinese Five Spice as a nod to the original staple cinnamon but adding a fresh, citrusy twist to the peach flavor.
- ¼ cup (softened) plus ¼ cup (cold) unsalted Butter
- ¼ cup Shortening (I use organic vegetable shortening)
- ½ cup plus ¼ cup granulated Sugar
- 1 Egg, room temperature
- 1 ¼ cup plus 1/3 cup Flour (gluten-free blend or regular if not gluten-free)
- 1 ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1/3 cup Buttermilk
- 1 ½ cup Peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices
- ½ teaspoon Nutmeg, preferably freshly ground
- ½ teaspoon Chinese Five Spice
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10 inch cast iron skillet or a 9x9 baking pan.
- In the bowl of a standing mixer* cream the ¼ cup butter until soft. Add the shortening and mix to fully combine.
- Add the ½ cup sugar to the butter mixture and beat to combine.
- Add the egg to the mixture and beat to fully combine.
- In a separate mixing bowl combine the 1 ¼ cups flour, baking powder, salt; mix together thoroughly. Slowly pour into the butter mixture while running the mixer on a low speed. The mixture may be a bit dry.
- While the mixer is still running slowly pour in buttermilk and beat until fully combined.
- To make the Streusel: Cut the cold ¼ cup butter into small pieces. Combine ¼ cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, and the Chinese five spice in the bowl. Using dinner knives or a pastry blender, cut the ingredients together forming a gravely mixture.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared skillet or baking pan. Layer the peach slices on top of the batter to cover it. Sprinkle the fresh nutmeg on top of the peaches. Layer on the streusel.
- Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes until the top is a light golden brown. Allow to sit for five minutes before serving warm!
*a hand held mixer and mixing bowl can replace the standing mixer if needed
This delicious recipe was originally published in August 2013 and has been updated in 2016.