Not only does this make a fantastic breakfast, but it serves well as a desert too. The beauty of this dish is it’s simplicity. Not only is it easy to whip up for a weekend morning breakfast, but it can also be set on the grill after dinner is cooked, while you enjoy your meal. Just don’t forget it’s there.
What to expect: The actual buckle will be a somewhat light breakfast/desert, not overly sweet, with cloying hints of smoke. The bourbon sauce will bring much more of the blueberry flavor, and sweetness to the dish with fun little hits of bourbon that play very well with the blueberries.
What you will need:
About an hour of total time (if you multi task this could very some)
For the Blueberry Bourbon Sauce:
1 cup blueberries
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup bourbon
1 tbls corn starch
For the Blueberry Buckle:
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, softened
Begin by combining the bourbon, sugar, and 1 cup blueberries for the sauce. Set aside and let macerate while you make the buckle. This will infuse the berries with the bourbon taste and begin breaking down the berries.
Make the buckle:
Rinse and pick over the blueberries making sure to remove any stems and bad berries you find.
Cream together 3/4 cup sugar, shortening, and egg.
In a separate bowl mix together 2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt.
Stir into sugar mixture, alternating with milk.
Stir in blueberries.
Pour into greased 8×8 inch pan.
To make topping: Combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, cinnamon, and butter.
Sprinkle over cake batter.
Set grill up for indirect cooking.
Add 1 small cherry wood chunk to each side.
Place pan between piles of coals, and cook for 20-30 minutes or until a wooden pick comes out clean.
Place on cooling rack and let set while you make the sauce.
Now back to the sauce.
Once the buckle is done it’s time to finish the sauce.
Place the pan with the blueberry mixture directly over the coals and begin stirring.
Cook until the berries begin to burst and the mixture comes to a nice boil.
Once it comes to a boil and the berries start bursting add 1Tbls of corn starch and continue to cook until it’s dark blue, and the thickness you desire.
Serve warm with the buckle.
This should give the neighbors something to wonder about when they go out to get their morning paper, as they smell the sweetness of the buckle mingling with the cherry smoke. If they’re good neighbors offer them a cup of coffee and a chair while it finishes up. If their dog barked all night, and their kids drove up and down the road with their music blaring until all hours of the morning, just fan the smell towards them and “smile and wave boys, smile and wave.”
Remember what you cook isn’t nearly as important as who you cook it with.