December 21, 2021

Blueberry Prune Buckle with Ginger Streusel

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
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A light and airy cake with soft blueberries and prunes and a gingery streusel topping to seal the deal! Who knew blueberries and prunes made such a delicious pairing? The pair is joined by warm spices to make this Blueberry Prune Buckle with Ginger Streusel a recipe that you'll be craving over and over again.

Have you gotten into prunes yet? If not, you're missing out. Try this recipe as well as this Soft and Buttery Prune Starbread. Don't stop there! Try these Caramelized Banana and Prune Breakfast Bowls too for a healthy and delicious breakfast!

blueberry prune buckle sliced on a serving tray with a bowl of prunes and blueberries

Hey friends! Happy Holidays! I hope that you all are enjoying this time with those who you cherish most! Here at Britney Breaks Bread, we're doing our best to stay safe and healthy and enjoy as much delicious food as possible.

That being said, I made this Blueberry Prune Buckle made with California Prunes and honestly, it's freaking delicious. So this recipe is a three layer situation. The bottom layer is a buttery soft cake followed by a second layer that is riddled with blueberries and prunes. Then, the ginger streusel topping. Woo! It truly brings the flavors of this buckle together. And when I say this is good? Oh, it's great!

sliced blueberry prune buckle on a piece of parchment paper

what is a buckle?

A buckle is a baked dessert akin to a coffee cake as far as texture is concerned. However, a buckle has berries or fruit baked into the batter, making the finished product appear "buckled".

Think of a buckle as a cobbler with cake as opposed to biscuits or pie crust. When baked, the blueberries and prunes become jammy and soft while the cake becomes airy and light.

Why aren't buckles more popular? I say we bring them back!! Make this Blueberry Prune Buckle and let's start a movement.

back view of a buckle on a serving tray with a cake server

what do i need to make a blueberry prune buckle?

One thing I love about this blueberry prune buckle is that it doesn't require any special or hard to find ingredients. Often when we read recipe titles, we think that the recipe will include something off the beaten path - however, I'm here to assure you that everything in this recipe can be found at your local grocer. See below!

  • For the ginger streusel, you'll need flour, brown sugar, melted butter, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.
  • For the cake layer, you'll need flour, brown sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla extract, milk, and orange zest (optional but heavily recommended).
  • Lastly, for the fruit layer, you'll need blueberries and prunes.

That's it! Bake it all together and have a delicious baked treat perfect for dessert or with your morning cup of coffee 🙂

sliced buckle with a bowl of blueberries and prunes

how do you make a blueberry prune buckle?

For starters, we're going to make the ginger streusel topping. Start by combining melted butter, brown sugar, flour, ginger, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl. Mix together with your hands until a crumble forms. Add to the freezer until ready to use.

Onto the cake. Combine flour, baking powder, brown sugar, butter, eggs, milk, vanilla extract, milk, and orange zest. Mix together and pour into a 9 inch springform pan. Add blueberries and prunes on top of the cake batter. Then remove ginger streusel from the freezer pour on top of blueberry/prune layer.

Bake for about 45-50 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees F. Let it cool for about 20 minutes and you're done!

blueberry prune buckle on a circular serving tray

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back view of a buckle on a serving tray with a cake server

Blueberry Prune Buckle with Ginger Streusel

Blueberry Prune Buckle with Ginger Streusel - light and airy cake with a jammy blueberry prune middle and buttery ginger streusel on top!
Serving: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
Calories: 425kcal

Ingredients

Ginger Streusel

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup salted butter, melted
  • 2 tsps ginger
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Blueberry Prune Buckle

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour 
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • ½ cup brown sugar 
  • ½ cup salted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 1 tbsp Orange zest
  • 1 ½ cup blueberries
  • 2 cups California Prunes

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Make the ginger streusel first. Combine flour, brown sugar, melted butter, ginger, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. Mix together until crumbles form. Put mixture into the freezer until ready to use.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, brown sugar, melted butter, eggs, vanilla extract, milk, and orange zest. Mix until all ingredients are combined and a batter forms - it's ok if the batter is a little lumpy.
  • Spray a 9 inch springform pan with nonstick baking spray. Add batter to the pan and place blueberries and California Prunes on top. Remove streusel from the freezer and add on top of blueberry/prune layer. Bake for 45-50 minutes.
  • Let the buckle cool in the springform pan for 10 minutes before removing.

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Notes

  • Any milk can be used for this recipe in the event that you are unable to tolerate milk or do not have any in your kitchen.
  • Nutrition

    Calories: 425kcal
    Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snacks
    Cuisine: American

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    1. 5 stars
      ok so when i read blueberries and prunes i was skeptical... but i gave it a try and omg was this good. wasn't too sweet and the crumb topping was exceptional. thank you for this!

    2. Omg this and a cup of coffee in the morning, (chef's kiss). Seriously though, this was one of those deserts that will be staying in the rotation, great work!!!!