This gluten-free and paleo cherry almond buckle features a lemon and olive oil flavored cake batter, studded with ripe cherries, for an everyday kind of dessert that’s easy to make and enjoy all summer long.
I generally try to avoid turning on the oven in the summer, but I will make an exception for dessert. It just wouldn’t be summer without a baked fruit dessert like a crumble, crisp or pie on the menu. And while those may be the most obvious choices when faced with an abundance of summer fruit, I also like to make buckles, like this cherry buckle.
What is a buckle?
A buckle is a charmingly rustic dessert that’s in the same family of fruit-filled desserts as pies and cobblers but more cake-like. It’s like a cross between a southern-style cobbler and a coffee cake; heavy on the fruit like a cobbler, but with a dense crumb more like a coffee cake. A not too sweet or overly fussy kind of dessert that’s also thankfully quick and easy to make since it doesn’t require any rolling of dough.
I always love a simple cake that really lets the fruit take center stage, especially this time of year. My favorite kind of buckle to make right now is a cherry buckle since cherries are at their peak but a mixed berry buckle would be terrific as well and towards the end of the season I’ll be making them with plums. And if you’re in the mood for a buckle out of season or just don’t have enough fresh fruit on hand, frozen fruit will do the trick.
How to make a buckle:
First the rich almond four and lemon scented batter is whisked together by hand, and spread out onto the bottom of a baking dish.
Next the fruit is piled on top and placed in the oven.
As the buckle bakes, the weight of the fruit causes the batter to start to puff up and around the cherries, creating pockets of sweet fruit and tender cake. It’s this rustic, bumpy and “buckled” appearance that gives the cake its name.
Serve it with a little dairy-free ice cream on the side for dessert and save the leftovers for breakfast the next morning with a dollop of dairy-free yogurt. However you choose to serve it, this summery dessert is a keeper.
More cherry desserts to try:
- Gluten-Free Cherry Berry Almond Crumble (Paleo, Vegan)
- Probiotic Cherry Lime Popsicles (Raw, Paleo)
- Gluten-Free Cherry Frangipane Tart (Paleo)