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Chef John's Blackberry Buckle

Rated as 4.57 out of 5 Stars

"This type of rustic dessert is called a buckle because the fruit sinks into the buttery batter as it bakes and 'buckles' the surface with its juicy weight. I was going to tell you to use any berry you want, but I changed my mind. This really needs to be done with blackberries. I added a handful of almond meal, since I had it around, and I think almonds and blackberries have a thing for one another."
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1 h 50 m servings 339
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Stir blackberries, 2 tablespoons sugar, and vanilla extract together in a bowl; let rest, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Whisk flour, 3/4 cup sugar, almond meal, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together in a bowl. Stir milk into flour mixture until batter is just combined.
  4. Melt 6 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium-high heat; pour into the bottom of a 8x12-inch baking dish. Pour batter over melted butter into the baking dish, using a spatula to gently distribute batter without mixing it into the butter, leaving a 1-inch butter border around the sides of the dish.
  5. Scatter blackberries over the batter and spoon any accumulated blackberry juices over the top.
  6. Bake buckle in the preheated oven until crisped and browned around the edges, about 1 hour.
  7. Melt remaining butter in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir almonds in hot butter until golden brown and toasted, 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle toasted almonds over blackberry buckle and cool buckle to room temperature.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 339 calories; 15.8 45.8 5.8 29 282 Full nutrition

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I made this with no changes. My daughter said "you're the second best chef in the world" who's the first? "Chef john. Thanks so much. Keep these coming, my family loves them.

Most helpful critical review

This came out very dry.

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I made this with no changes. My daughter said "you're the second best chef in the world" who's the first? "Chef john. Thanks so much. Keep these coming, my family loves them.

Absolutely fantastic, my new favorite blackberry dish. No changes required. Simple and easy, Thanks for submitting!

This recipe is pretty good. It wasn't overly sweet. The only thing I did differently was what I baked it in. I used my cast iron skillet & let it preheat in the oven. I melted the butter in the ...

I will definitely make this again. I used gluten free all purpose flour, and it worked out fine. It's so rare that I have a positive gluten free baking experience. I also could not find almon...

Tastes great, unfortunately for my diet. Even my berry-hating spouse likes it. Chef John is the gold standard of recipe mavens.

Yes, I will make it again but with changes. First, the recipe called for lining the pan in melted butter, but I used salted, and it made the batter too salty. Next time I will use unsalted but...

I made this with my three year old daughter. It was so much fun to do with her, and she was able to help with all of it, and kept interest in it the whole time. It wasn't even that messy to make...

Made this with some of the fresh blackberries growing all over the Pacific Northwest right now. I used my 12-inch cast iron skillet and it fit great. Not sure if it's because the cast iron condu...

The whole family loved it! Very simple to prepare followed directions exactly, the only hard part was waiting for it to finish because the house smelled so good!