Apricot Buckle

Thursday, June 9, 2011




Apricot Buckle

Crumb Topping
1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups coarsely chopped ripe, fresh apricots

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9 or 10-inch cake pan with cooking spray.

To make the crumb topping, in a medium mixing bowl, stir together almond, brown sugar, flour and salt until well combined; knead in butter, using fingertips, until well incorporated and mixture clumps together. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together butter and brown sugar until creamy - about 1 minute. Beat in egg yolks until combined - about 1 minute. Beat in baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla until combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in sour cream and flour until combined. Place batter into cake pan. Top with apricot. Sprinkle crumb topping on top of apricots.

Bake 45-50 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes 8 servings
35 comments on "Apricot Buckle"
  1. I love apricots, they are one of my favorite summer fruits. I even prefer them to peaches. Come over to my place, there are some awards waiting for you!

  2. The stomach is growling. Loudly. It's also 2:27 am.

  3. A buckle? I have never heard of a cake/dessert called that before! Ever!

    I am assuming it's like a "coffee cake" or a "strudel" which are the generic catch-all's I use for things like this.

    It looks awesome!

    "I've been having these headaches more and more lately. I'm not sure what I should do."--- One thing that can happen to people with food allergies that continue to eat their allergens, i.e. gluten and dairy, is the body mounts a toxic response to them and headaches are super common. Ever thought about laying off all gluten and dairy for 2 weeks and seeing if you feel better? Trust me, I know..it sucks. Been there!

    Just a suggestion of course!

    Good luck w/ the headaches!

  4. Love this buckle, looks pretty good with apricots!

  5. Oh no!! I'm praying that your headaches are 100% gone soon. Hang in there!

    Never had a buckle dessert before.

  6. Why do I feel like a bite of that Buckle could cure anything (including your massive headache!)

    Feel better & keep up the good work!


  7. This looks deeeelish:) Sorry to hear about those headaches:( Yeah you prob should get it checked out!!

  8. I'm sorry about your headaches! I heard that more than half of headaches in women are caused by a magnesium deficiency. I learned this when I was getting headaches all the time too, and I swear eating lots of pumpkin seeds really helped. You could always take a multivitamin though. If you're getting your vitamins and enough water, maybe it's allergies? Also supposedly eating black beans is good for headaches (some fitness magazine told me that) and getting omega 3's too. Good luck and feel better. This apricot buckle looks delicious btw, your photos are beautiful as always and I am a sucker for anything with a crumb topping. :D

  9. It's the first time I hear about buckle and it looks great!

  10. I bypassed all the apricots at the Farmers Market last week because I couldn't quickly come up with what to do with them and it made me sad. Now I will have to hope they are still there this weekend because I need to make your Apricot Buckle!

  11. This looks delicious! I agree and think apricots are certainly overlooked. Hope your headaches go away!

  12. Oy. I'm so sorry about the headaches love! Where are they located? Both sides of your head? One side? Behind your eyes? (Sorry...that's the doctor in me :P)

    I love apricots but hate that you never know whether they'll be delicious or absolutely disgusting when you bite into them! They're so hit or miss. This cake totally solves that problem though!

  13. Those Rolling Stones songs really hit the spot. Good choices! I hope your headache has gone away by now.

  14. love love love fresh apricots. this buckle looks amazing as well :) hope those headaches go away... staying hydrated? sleeping well?

  15. This looks so moist! I love appricots but I do tend to forget about them. Hope you feel better soon!

  16. Gah, work can be so stressful, right? If only we could make buckles all day long...

  17. Headaches suck. I usually get them once a month, and I think they are almost a migraine but not quite that bad. Excedrin is amazing, but has too much caffeine for me! So I suffer through them like you. Hope they go away fast! Maybe some dessert will help!

  18. oh em, the headaches might be tension headaches, definitely get them checked out. the buckle looks delish!

  19. Apricots are yummy. I find it hard to make fruit-based desserts because I always eat the fruit first, especially when it's in season and nice and ripe.

    I get headaches a lot too. I've brought it up to doctors and they usually brush it off. I seem to get more when it's really hot outside or when I'm using the computer a lot (which I do at work, so that doesn't help). Good luck!

  20. Look amazing and yummy my dear I love apricots! gloria

  21. I haven't heard of a buckle before, but it sure looks good!

  22. Wow! I am such a fan of apricot desserts, thanks for sharing. Have you ever made a sugarplum by chance?

  23. Hey Emily-

    This Looks AMAZING!!! I get headaches at work too...I usually drink a few glasses of water and juice and it seems to go away...also getting enough sleep always helps. Maybe you are feeling dehydrated from running all over at work and not having enough fluids? hope you feel better soon! Keep baking

  24. Your buckle looks sooo amazing! I really want to try it with blueberries as you suggested!

    Also with the headaches at work..I get them too! try drinking a few glasses more of water and juice throughout the day...getting enough sleep at night and not eating too many sweets in the morning (make sure you have protein). this seemed to help me...but everyone is different. Hope you get well soon!!

    keep baking :)

  25. They sound like tension headaches to me, but if they are migraine, wine might make them worse. As for the buckle, I love Blueberry Buckle, and I love apricots...can't wait to combine the two (sans blueberries) Hope you feel better! (Fioricet is a miracle for tension headaches)

  26. This looks divine. I always forget about apricots.

  27. Oh I hope your head feels better soon. Looks delicious Emily. I know what you mean about people not knowing what they want to order and you stand there and wait. My middle son worked in a fast food restaurant where people had all the time in the world to make up their minds what they wanted to order. He told me they would wait until they were at the cash register and then look up at the menu and decide. It drove him crazy! He didn't last long there!

  28. Thanks everyone!

    Averie, it's so hard! I took it easy on dairy and I think it helped a little. I just can't eat a bunch of cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and milk every day. I've never tried not eating gluten...

    Bakingforhersoul, thanks for the advice! I really appreciate it. I'll have to look into the magnesium thing. I take a multi vitamin, but lately I've been slacking.

    Mrs. L, make it!

    Joanne, usually in the eyes and lower forehead on the (my) left side of the head.

    Kimberly, thanks!

    Shannon, yeah I'm on the computer so much. Maybe I should take breaks?

    Malebaker, I haven't. I don't think they sound very good. Haha. Have you?

    Maureen, my sleeping habits are not good. I need to fix them!

    Rachel, wow! That sounds amazing! I'll have to buy some on Amazon.

    Debbie, that's awful! I always back farrr away from the register when I'm trying to decide. Haha.

  29. Emily: Yes definitely you should get these headaches checked out!
    Get yourself to a doctor, tell him you want some tests taken, and also some allergy tests wouldn't hurt.

    Also about not ever having fresh spatzle ...... there is no comparison between fresh and packaged.
    Try making some from scratch.

    Not hard at all.

  30. OMG - just looking at the buckle is making me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Love it!

  31. Sorry about your headache - by now I hope it's gone. That apricot buckle has me swooning and wishing I had a piece. But now I've got the recipe - next best thing.

  32. Apricots are such an underrated fruit. But they are delicious! This looks fantastic! I hope your headaches got better!

  33. HI...This looks delicious!!! Can I use a jar apricot spread and dried apricots for this recipe instead of fresh apricots?? Thank you!