Stone fruit season is almost over, but I just had to squeeze in one last recipe. Especially one as tasty as this Peach Brown Butter Buckle. Now you may be wondering, “What the heck is a Buckle?” Part of the cobbler family, a buckle cake is made by placing sliced fruit or berries on top of (or mixed into) a layer of cake batter. The cake is then finished with a streusel topping. As the cake cooks, the batter will rise up around the fruit, giving the top a buckled appearance. I’ll have to say that this is actually the first buckle I’ve ever made, and the results? A. Mazing. This cake is simple to prepare, full of flavor and wonderfully rustic (aka not fussy).
My Peach Brown Butter Buckle starts with a layer of moist yellow cake made with aromatic brown butter, and just a hint of allspice. Next, a layer of lemon-kissed peaches that melts to a jam consistency after cooking in the oven. Finally, a streusel topping made with browned butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped pecans, adding satisfying notes of sweet, salt, and crunch. When eaten together, these layers form the perfect bite. So perfect that I literally ate 2/3 of this cake by myself over the span of several days. You need to make this. Continue reading for the recipe.