Plum-Nectarine Buckle


A buckle is a decadent dessert hybrid: cakelike cobbler with a crumble topping. Our plum-nectarine buckle is made with vanilla cake batter. The wedges of fruit provide moisture and streaks of sunset color.


  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • teaspoon ground allspice

  • Salt

  • 1 large egg

  • cup whole milk

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • ¾ pound plums, halved, pitted, and cut into ½-inch-thick wedges (2 cups)

  • ¾ pound nectarines, halved, pitted, and cut into ½-inch-thick wedges (2 cups)

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • Crumble Topping for Rhubarb-Berry Crumbles


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush a 9-inch square cake pan or 10-inch cast iron skillet with 2 tablespoons butter; set aside. Whisk together flour, 3/4 cup sugar, the baking powder, allspice, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

  2. Whisk together egg, milk, vanilla, and remaining 4 tablespoons butter in another medium bowl. Add egg mixture to flour mixture; stir to combine. Spread batter evenly into buttered pan.

  3. Toss plums, nectarines, lemon juice, remaining 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Spread fruit mixture evenly over batter. Sprinkle with topping. Bake until a cake tester inserted into center comes out with moist crumbs, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 1 hour before serving.

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