Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Nectarine and Blueberry Fruit Buckle

I have a story to tell...

A story of a nectarine and blueberry fruit buckle. BBBBoring? - LOL! Maybe to some of you but it is an interesting and fascinating experience for a baking enthusiastic like me. 

August 2011: It begins in late winter 2011. Joyce from Kitchen Flavours, Lena, from Frozen wings and I were baking Apricot Cake with Cinnamon Nut Topping for our bake-along. The loving-baking me was searching for stone fruits during that Melbourne winter. All I can find a can of apricot halves in fruit juice. I must admit that the can of apricot halves for baking is absolutely ok but the fussy me is never satisfied for not using fresh or frozen stone fruits as main ingredients for my bakes

Simultaneously when I baked this apricot cake, we have planted a miniature nectarine tree. It was totally bare and I wasn't expecting anything from the pathetic-looking tree until...

August 2012: Things change after one year. It is Spring 2012 and I see nectarine blossom. 

January 2013: ... and then nectarine fruits! I am extremely happy! It feels like miracles happening in my garden! - Please forgive me for being a mountain-tortoise (swa-ku in Hokkien meaning foolish / country pumpkin) or a drama queen experiencing this. Being a typical Singaporean who used to live in all concrete-apartment environment, growing, harvesting and baking with our own nectarines is an extreme unusual experience for me.

To avoid similar situations of not able to find any stone fruits during winter, I have decided to freeze some of these nectarines and lucky that I did...

July 2013: It is winter in Melbourne. Joyce from Kitchen Flavours, Lena, from Frozen wings and I are baking fruit buckle for our bake-along. A fruit buckle is an old-fashioned dessert with lots of fruits buckled within a cake batter. This recipe from the book, The Soho Baking Company Cookbook by John Barricelli uses thick streusel topping to act like a buckle and secure both its buttery-eggy cake batter and fruits in places. As mentioned by this recipe, the most ideal fruit to make a fruit buckle should be ripe with lots of natural sweetness but not too soft so that it can hold its shape when baked. Reading this description, I know that our homegrown nectarines which are slightly firmer than most seasonal nectarines fits exactly this requirement.

24 July 2013: Now, proudly presenting my nectarine and blueberry fruit buckle made with our homegrown nectarines... No doubt at all that we are loving this bake.

nectarine blueberry fruit buckle
This is a story of a nectarine and blueberry fruit buckle...
The story continues with the wonderful feeling...
Our homegrown nectarines
This is how I freeze the nectarines
Making the buttery and eggy buckle batter
Fold in the frozen nectarine and blueberries
Assembling the fruit buckle
The large amount of fruits are well-buckled in place!
nectarine blueberry fruit buckle
Very delicious with crispy and toffee-like streusel topping
What happens next? Our bare tree and we are waiting for Spring 2013 to arrive...

Here are the recipes (with my notes and modification in blue)

Blueberry Nectarine Buckle from the book, The Soho Baking Company Cookbook by John Barricelli

Serve 8-10


Streusel Topping
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp coarse salt

(replaced with vanilla salt, totally optional with this replacement)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
 

The fanciful vanilla salt that I used
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
½ tsp coarse salt (replaced with vanilla salt)
4 large eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups blueberries (I used frozen ones)
2 cups diced (1/2 inch) nectarines

(about 2 nectarines, frozen)
 

Confectioners' sugar

To make the streusel: In a medium bowl, use a fork to stir together the flour, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Add the butter, and using your fingertips, quickly work it into the dry ingredients until pea-size crumbs form; set aside in the refrigerator.
 

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder; set aside.

Set the oven rack in the middle position. Preheat the oven to 350°F (or 160
°C fan forced). Butter a 9 by 13-inch baking dish; set aside. Line a baking sheet with a non-stick silicone baking mat; set aside.

Tip: Always bake fruit crisps, cobblers, buckles and bettys on a a nonstick silicone-lined baking sheet. Parchment paper won't work as well as the juices will burn, causing the paper to adhere to the bottom of the baking dish. Lining baking sheet with silicone sheet makes for cleanup easier and also helps to maneuver the dish in and out of the oven easily. 

In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, sugar, and salt on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 mins. Beat in the eggs one at a time, and then the vanilla. On low speed, beat in the dry ingredients just until absorbed. Fold in the fruit. Transfer to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the streusel over the top.

Set the baking dish on the prepared baking sheet. Bake, rotating the sheet about two-thirds of the way through the cooking time, until a cake tester inserted into the thickest part of the buckle comes out clean and the topping is nicely browned and crisp, 30 to 35 mins. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 10 mins. Dust with confectioners' sugar and cut into squares.


Note: Using half amount of the recipe and frozen fruits, I have baked my fruit buckle in a 15 cm x 25 cm loaf pan at 160°C fan forced for 40 mins, another 20 mins covered with foil, another 5 mins with foil removed.

How to freeze fresh nectarine by Simply Recipes

1 quart of freshly sliced nectarines or peaches

(I have 4 nectarines, skin removed and pitted)
1/2 cup to 1 cup of sugar, depending on how sweet the fruit is

(I used 70g as my nectarines are the moderate-sweet kind)
1 tbsp of Fruit-Fresh Produce Protector or a tbsp of ground up vitamin C, 1-2 tbsp of fresh squeezed lemon juice (I used 2 tbsp lemon juice)

Method

Toss sugar and Fruit-Fresh (or viitamin C or lemon juice) together in with the fruit. Let sit for 15 mins to allow juice to form. Pack into containers (or zip-lock bags). Refrigerate for immediate use, or freeze until required. Lasts up to a year in a cold freezer.


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51 comments:

  1. Hi Zoe, i will be equally mountain tortoise if i could harvest my own nectarines :)) Awesome! The cake looks really good, it can't get any fresher with fruits from your own garden!

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  2. Hi,Congrats on the feature in Huffington Post. You deserve it! Good Job. Your buckle looks nicely brown and crisp while mine is a bit pale. Enjoy reading your fruit story,and is there any special care given to your nectarine tree? I am also very 'suaku',and always can't help expressing my delight when I see fruit bearing trees:D

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  3. Your home grown nectarine looks nice! I had never try this fruit before, it looks like 红桃, but the internal part looks totally different.

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  4. Congratulations on growing your very own home grown nectarines, Zoe. I'm thrilled for you and your excitement is definitely not to over the top. If I were you I would be singing from the nearest Nectarine Tree!!!

    Your buckle looks lovely and the fact that it has your very own nectarines tucked inside makes it all the more spectacular!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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  5. The nectarine blossom is so pretty. I can totally relate to your story, I have recently started planting some fruit trees etc in the garden and I get very excited whenever I see flowers/new fruits. :D

    And congrats on the feature on Huffington Post, well deserved! :D

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  6. Wow your home grown nectarine? It is so perfect in making nectarine fruit buckle from it right?

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  7. streusel and crumble is it the same?

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    1. Hi Angeline,

      Actually, I'm not sure of their difference. Glad that you asked. I have Goggled for an answer and found that crumble is more softer and cookie-like. Seriously, I still can't differentiate their difference!

      Zoe

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  8. lovely buckle! will try to make this when I can get my hands on lovely nectarines or peaches... yum...

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  9. Zoe your nectarines look wonderful I love!
    and the cake delicious as well:)

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  10. I am so envious of your beautifully grown nectarines! Nothing can beat home grown fruits! This buckle looks great!

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  11. Nectarine and blueberry sounds and looks delicious Zoe...specially with this buttery cake...yum!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week :D

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  12. Wish I could have a share. yum

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  13. Congratulation for the recognition!

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  14. I too will jump for joy if I have a fruit tree actually bearing fruits in my garden lol! Don't have to be nectarine, papaya will do! Great looking cake, even more delicious with home grown fruits huh!

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  15. Congrats on getting recognized! Buckle looks super delicious Zoe!

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  16. Zoe, you home grown this nectarine!! The flowers of the nectarine tree is so pretty, and I bet this buckle taste awesome!

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  17. so beautifully pictured zoe. cake looks delicious too.

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  18. The cake look so yummy, Zoe:) I Haven't tried the baking with nectarine, I bet so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe:)

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  19. This buckle looks fabulous Zoe! I love the sound of nectarines and blueberries together and I can never say no to anything with a streusel topping :) It sounds delicious! That's wonderful that you are growing your own nectarine tree too :)

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  20. hi zoe, i would be very happy just like you to see fruits bearing on own grown trees..last time i saw little pomelo coming out from the pomelo plant in my house..was very excited but it didnt manage to survive..it only grew to the size of a golf ball :) how wonderful it is baking from fruits from your own garden!

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  21. This looks like the perfect fruity treat!

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  22. Home grown for the win! This is truly cool. I love the name fruit buckle, I've never heard it before, so in the mood for something like this tonight...

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  23. I love how you used your Silpat.

    This looks delicious - I must try SOON.

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  24. Oh my goodness but a great fruity summer buckle! Amazing fruits in this.

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  25. Buckle sounds fabulous..Even i do freeze seasonal fruits like u..

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  26. We want nectarine plant!!!! Cake looks so moist and delicious!

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  27. Hi Zoe, It's pretty amazing huh to harvest your home grown nectarine ! Your buckle looks lovely & yummy! I will try this recipe when I harvest my nectarines too . ;)

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  28. Hi Zoe ...enjoyed the story ... here i come with plate in hand ... open the door . :) thanks for sharing

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  29. Hi Zoe! It's so amazing that you managed to harvest your own fruits! I live in Singapore so I'll never be able to do so... unless I become a multi-millionaire and own a bungalow... Haha! This looks like a really delicious recipe! Sorry I won't be able to join this Bake Along as I couldn't find the time. But I've planned to bake the next one, see you at the next bake ;)

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  30. Hi Zoe, I'm salivating over your nectarine plant, next to your cake of course! WOW! Homegrown nectarine in homemade cake, it couldn't get any better than that! Interesting that nectarine can be grown in pots! Wish we could grow it here, I love nectarines, saw in Tesco a few days ago, selling at RM6/each.
    Lovely cake, Zoe!

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  31. A big clap for Zoe! Did you grow it in a big pot? It seems like a pot from the "after-trim" picture! I never see a nectarine tree b4. And don't you think that the flower looks like sakura? In fact why nectarine & apple tree flowers look so much similar? Ok ok, enough questions, now let me just enjoy your nicely baked cake!

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    1. Hi Jessie,

      You are right that this is a miniature nectarine tree and we are growing it in a pot. We have a miniature apple tree too but have not produce any fruit yet. This nectarine tree is our best buy and plant so far :D

      Zoe

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  32. your buckle looks sumptuous ! baking with home-grown fruits must be wonderful. hopefully i'll get there someday...

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  33. .... and they bake happily ever after! :D

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  34. Zoe, I can understand the joy that you feel enjoying the fruits of your harvest! Your nectarine and blueberry fruit buckle looks lovely and delicious.

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  35. Mouth watering Zoe & How nice to add in home grown fruit. I am just drooling over these. I have a sweet tooth & I have been avoiding eating to much sweet these days but your pic is tempting me so much. YUMMMM

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  36. Nice! Nectarines that you grew. Job well done!

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  37. wow , you have you grow nectarines. They looks so fresh and delicious!!

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  38. Wow, the flowers & fruits are beautiful! Thks for sharing the story, Zoe!

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  39. I love this kind of dessert, especially the streusel topping!

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  40. Zoe, sorry for not knowing what is fruit buckle! wondering may I submit my Passion fruit Ogura Cake for this event? ^_^ TQ dear!

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    1. Hi Christine,

      I'm sorry that you can't do that. Our rule of bake-along is you have to bake something along our proposed themes in order to able to link up with us. Nevermind that you didn't know this time, you can baking with us for our next bake-along with classic cinnamon rolls using a William Sonoma recipe.

      Zoe

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  41. congrats on the feature! the buckle looks gorgeous (as always). It's so amazing to be able to use your own home-grown fruits in your baking; that's the ultimate in "cooking from scratch" I would say! x

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  42. This looks delicious and your fruit looks amazing! We're growing loads of fruit and veg this year and I am ridiculously excited by the whole thing. I wish we could grow nectarines! X

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  43. You grow your own nectarine? So super cool. The flowers are so pretty. When you bake something with your own produce is always very satisfying.

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  44. I envy u now Zoe, how I wish I cud also plant some veggie & fruit plants & see them bloom, and for the buckle I always love them, kind of makes my cake all crunchy & with something to bite on !

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