Buckles are a traditional fruit-studded dessert that's like a soft, moist cake. We use a combination of cherries and raspberries here, but try any fruit combination that sounds good to you. Just don't exceed the total of 3 cups fruit--too much fruit will make the cake too wet.

Marie Simmons
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2011


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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-inch baking dish or springform pan with cooking spray. (If using frozen fruit, let stand for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, to partially defrost before folding into the batter.)

  • Whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Whisk milk, applesauce, oil, granulated sugar, egg and vanilla in a medium bowl until blended. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently fold until blended. Sprinkle berries and cherries (or apricots) on top and fold just until blended. Spoon the batter into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with almonds and raw sugar (if using).

  • Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs, 45 to 55 minutes. Let cool for about 30 minutes before serving.


Notes: White whole-wheat flour, made from a special variety of white wheat, is light in color and flavor but has the same nutritional properties as regular whole-wheat flour. It is available at large ­supermarkets and natural-foods stores and online at bobsredmill.com or kingarthurflour.com. Store it in the freezer.

Raw cane sugar, such as Sugar in the Raw, is coarse-grained and light brown in color, with a slight molasses flavor. Find it in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets or at natural-foods stores.

Nutrition Facts

305.5 calories; protein 5.2g 10% DV; carbohydrates 39.6g 13% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 4.8g 19% DV; sugars 19.4g; fat 15.7g 24% DV; saturated fat 2.4g 12% DV; cholesterol 24mg 8% DV; vitamin a iu 93.6IU 2% DV; vitamin c 8.1mg 14% DV; folate 10.7mcg 3% DV; calcium 105.8mg 11% DV; iron 3.6mg 20% DV; magnesium 15.3mg 6% DV; potassium 180.7mg 5% DV; sodium 210.9mg 8% DV; thiaminmg 3% DV; added sugar 13g.

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Lovely Dessert I cut this in half and used frozen blueberries and cherries to make a smaller cake for the husband and I...awesome with whipped cream! Pros: Easy and Quick Read More
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Gluten-Free and Dairy Free I made this recipe to use up some Frozen Raspberries and home-made Canned Cherries I had. I also used GF flour and coconut milk. The only changes I would make the next would be to add some more spices or add more cinnamon. It needs more flavor. Which with Fresh fruits would make a difference too. Pros: Easy and Yummy Read More