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Friday, November 23, 2012

Cranberry Buckle with Vanilla Crumb

This cake is perfect for a holiday breakfast or brunch.  It's bursting with fresh, bright and tart cranberries and then covered in a sweet, glistening vanilla crumb ~  a very delicious combination.  I found it in the book "rustic fruit desserts" ~ crumbles, buckles, cobblers, pandowdies, and more ~ this is a treasure of a little book for us fruit dessert lovers.

1 Tbsp unsalted butter at room temp - for coating pan
1 3/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 stick unsalted butter at room temp
1/4 cup sugar
zest of 1 orange
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp Rodelle's Pure Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract 
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups fresh cranberries - rinsed and any stems removed
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/8 cup light brown sugar
1/8 tsp kosher salt
1/2 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1/2 Tbsp  Rodelle's Pure Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract 
For cake:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spread butter on bottom and sides of a 9 inch square baking pan.  Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl, set aside.  In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment cream together the butter, sugar and orange zest until light and fluffy, about 3 mins.  Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.  Blend in the vanilla.  Add the flour mixture in 3 additions alternating with the sour cream, scrape down sides of bowl as needed.  Fold in 1 cup of the cranberries.  Spread the batter into the prepared pan.  Distribute the remaining 1 cup of cranberries over the cake, then sprinkle the crumb topping over the cranberries.  Baker for 45-50 mins, until lightly golden and firm on top.  Let cool, then cut into squares and serve.
For crumb:  combine the flour, sugars, salt and butter in a food processor and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs, then drizzle the vanilla over and pulse to distribute the vanilla.
Adapated from "rustic fruit desserts" Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson

This and other great fruit dessert recipes can be found in this book here:
Rustic Fruit Desserts: Crumbles, Buckles, Cobblers, Pandowdies, and More


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