The Easiest Peach Buckle Recipe!




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peach buckle in a cast iron skillet

My classic Peach Buckle is made with buttermilk, brown sugar, and a boatload of juicy peaches. This quick one bowl recipe is just what you want in summer when ripe fruit is rolling in faster than you can gobble it down.

peach buckle in a cast iron skillet

One of the great things about this peach buckle is that it’s such an easy recipe to throw together.  I think that’s because it’s an old recipe that goes way back to when treats were more utilitarian than fancy.  This is a dessert that you could actually call wholesome and in fact I don’t really consider it a dessert at all, we love it for breakfast :)

Dishing up a peach buckle in a cast iron skillet

Of course you can’t eat your delicious buckle all by itself without anything, but I chose to whip up a tangy topping made by whipping equal parts sour cream and heavy cream.  The result is thick, rich, but not too sweet.  Perfect.

You can slice up this rustic peach buckle like a pie, or in neat squares if you like, but why?  

I like to scoop out the warm cake with a big spoon, it seems more homey that way.  The edges get nice and crisp and the center stays soft and juicy.  So.  Good.  

Why I don’t peel my peaches ~

If you read this blog you’ve probably heard this before, but I like to leave the peel on fruits and veggies as often as possible because there’s flavor, color, and nutrition in there.

The next time you bite into a peach, pay close attention, you’ll realize that most of that classic ‘peach’ flavor is coming from, you guessed it…the peel!

Why go to the trouble and extra step of peeling when there’s no need?  Using the peel means this easy recipe comes together in a flash.  Just the way it should be.

peach buckle in a cast iron skillet ready to be baked

As this peach buckle heads into the stove you just know it’s going to be good.  Those gorgeous slices of peach float on top of a silky buttermilk batter with rivulets of sweet melted butter around the edges of the cast iron skillet.  I always put a baking sheet underneath in case the batter overflows its banks, but it never does.  The cake puffs up perfectly and turns golden every time.  

Note: the first time I tested this recipe it was delicious but none of the peaches showed at the top after it baked, the cake engulfed them completely.  The second time I made sure to mound the peaches in a few spots instead of arranging them evenly, and that worked so that there were visible peaches on the surface of my baked buckle.  A small but important detail.

peach buckle on a cooling rack

This type of old fashioned fruit bake has stood the test of time because it just makes sense.  Whether you call it a buckle, a cobbler, a grunt, slump, pandowdy, or a Betty, the concept is similar: fresh fruit under or on top of a loose batter or dough, no fussy rolling required.  

a piece of peach buckle on a plate with fork

I love to bake my buckle up and serve it right from my cast iron skillet, it just adds to the rustic charm.

This one treat you don’t have to let cool before eating.  Pull it out of the oven, scoop up a serving, and top with your choice of something creamy ~ it could be the whipped sour cream I made, or whipped yogurt, whipped cream, creme fraiche, or just a drizzle of heavy cream or cultured buttermilk.  A scoop of ice cream wouldn’t be out of the question.


Reader Rave ~

“Hi Sue – what a winner! I only had two peaches left so added some strawberries. I love that you can make it without having to make a shopping trip – using pantry items. I’ve sent the link to all my family in England – we have a foodie group. I’ll be making this often with our Georgia peaches. I just love your recipes. They are all easy to follow. I’m still making your Vidalia onion recipes.”  ~Amanda Marie


Peach Buckle
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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Category: dessert

Cuisine: American, Southern

Yield: serves 8

peach buckle in a cast iron skillet

My classic Peach Buckle is made with buttermilk, brown sugar, and a boatload of juicy peaches. This quick one bowl recipe is just what you want in summer when ripe fruit is rolling in faster than you can gobble it down.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3 peaches, pitted and thinly sliced (about a pound)
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp almond extract
    whipped sour cream topping
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. Melt the butter in a 10 inch cast iron skillet.
  3. Put the peaches in a bowl and sprinkle them with the granulated sugar. Let sit.
  4. In your main mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and brown sugar. Try to get out any large lumps in the sugar.
  5. Whisk the egg and buttermilk together and add it to the bowl, along with the melted butter and extract. Whisk to combine, but don't over beat.
  6. Pour the batter into the skillet, and then top with the peach slices (along with any juices.) You can sprinkle the top with raw or sanding sugar if you like.
  7. Bake in the center of the oven for about 50 minutes until golden and set. Cover loosely with foil toward the end of cooking if the top seems to be browning too quickly. You can do a toothpick test if you like, but keep in mind that a buckle, like a brownie, is best when moist inside and not over baked.
  8. Serve warm with topping of your choice.
  9. To make the whipped sour cream topping, whip the sour cream, heavy cream, and sugar until it holds soft peaks.

Notes

The first time I tested this recipe I didn't get any peaches showing on the top of the buckle, the batter hid them.  The second time I made sure to mound some of the peaches up in a couple of spots so they would show in the finished cake and it was much prettier.

*Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.

 

Make this peach buckle your own ~

  • Use apricots or any other stone fruit…plums are amazing.  Berries, too.
  • Change out the flour for a gluten free mix, or try some whole grain wheat or buckwheat blended in.
  • Add sliced almonds to the top before baking.
  • Change out the flavoring to vanilla.
  • Bake this in a regular 9 inch square or round pan.

 

There are so many ways to enjoy summer peaches ~

 

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Lucy Beliveau
    July 17, 2019 at 6:36 am

    Good Morning, Sue! I’ve been eyeing your lovely Peach Buckle recipe for days now and I finally read every word of your post and loved it! You really know how to tantalize those of us who so enjoy reading The View From Great Island! I can’t wait to get some more of the gorgeous, juicy peaches we have been loving so for breakfast! Thank you for sharing your simple, yet delectable treat! Love your blog!!

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 17, 2019 at 6:39 am

      I just woke up to this lovely comment, thanks so much Lucy :)

  • Reply
    Amanda Marie
    July 14, 2019 at 6:49 pm


    Hi Sue – what a winner! I only had two peaches left so added some strawberries. I love that you can make it without having to make a shopping trip – using pantry items. I’ve sent the link to all my family in England – we have a foodie group. I’ll be making this often with our Georgia peaches. I just love your recipes. They are all easy to follow. I’m still making your Vidalia onion recipes.

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 14, 2019 at 7:33 pm

      Thanks Amanda, this comment made me smile :)

  • Reply
    Kim
    July 13, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Could this be done in a slow cooker?

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 13, 2019 at 8:17 pm

      I can’t say Kim, I rarely use my slow cooker for cakes or desserts. If you try, let us know how it goes :)

  • Reply
    Mary
    July 12, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Made this today and it was fabulous!

  • Reply
    Kathleen Conklin
    July 12, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Hi Sue! This looks incredible. I’d love to try it with a gluten-free flour. Do you have any suggestions for using coconut or almond flour in this recipe??

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 12, 2019 at 8:05 am

      I think it would work well gluten free because it has a soft texture. You could use a good mix, or try almond flour. Coconut flout might be too absorbent.

  • Reply
    angiesrecipes
    July 12, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Looks so beautiful, summery and tasty with those juicy sweet peaches.

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 12, 2019 at 8:39 am

      There’s nothing better than summer peaches…

  • Reply
    Tricia B
    July 12, 2019 at 4:19 am

    LOADS of rustic charm! I have a bag of peaches on my counter waiting for a home and this recipe is happening this weekend! I need ice cream on top, just saying. Pinned :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 12, 2019 at 8:39 am

      Thanks Tricia ~ enjoy that bag of peaches :)

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