Gluten Free Blueberry Buckle tastes as good as grandma used to make but with a modern twist of being made without wheat flour. Warm, moist coffee cake supports a heavy load of blueberries, causing the center to “buckle” under the weight of juicy flavor. Topped with a crumbly streusel topping.
I am told that when I was a baby, my favorite baby food was Blueberry Buckle. I was born two months premature, so my mom was all about offering me a variety of healthy options in order to put weight on my (then) willowy frame. If memory serves correctly, it was my great-grandmother that first gave me the dessert-style jarred wonder that was blueberry buckle baby food. Apparently, one bite and I was as eager as they’d ever seen me trying to eat every last drop as quickly as fast as they could spoon it into my mouth.
As with many infants, I might have snubbed my nose at the pureed green beans, and very likely those wretched meat pastes that they still try to pass off as food for babies. I can’t really be sure about the latter, but I’m certain that Blueberry Buckle was my favorite as an infant because it’s a long time favorite of mine as an adult. Although, after growing four tiny humans in my body, I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t be accused of being willowy at this point. This may have attributed to the problem, too.
A tiny fact will not keep me from indulging in Blueberry Buckle when fresh blueberries are in season.
After all, what is the point of living an active, healthy lifestyle if not to eat more dessert? Take note in the photographs how the edge of the cake rises higher than the middle of the cake. Blueberry Buckle gets it’s name because a combination of gravity and baking science causes the weight of the fresh blueberries to press the cake batter a down bit in the middle while it bakes from the outside in–thus, causing the cake to “buckle” under the weight of the fruit. For this and other food science-y reasons, using fresh fruit is recommended over frozen. Frozen fruit will create a fruit crater, and no one wants a weird crater in their coffee cake. Believe me, I know.
I developed this Gluten Free Blueberry Buckle recipe for a specific reason.
In remembering the story of my infant days of being fed blueberry buckle with the hope of gaining weight, I was also reminded of my gluten free friends and their struggle to find tasty treats with the taste and texture of their wheat flour-based cousins. This ones for you, Friends! I have it on the authority of four ravenous sons and a Bacon Slayer that this recipe tastes just like the real deal.