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Recipe for cranberry buckle with pecan streusel

Cranberry buckle with pecan streusel.
Karoline Boehm Goodnick for the Boston Globe
Cranberry buckle with pecan streusel.

Makes one 9-inch square cake

A buckle is a combination of cake batter, berries, and crumb, named for the buckled top that forms as the cake bakes. You can make buckles by topping a batter with berries, layering berries with batter, or mixing in the berries, as we do here. This cake is topped with a crisp, brown sugar-pecan streusel.


½cup flour
¼cup granulated sugar
¼cup packed light brown sugar
4tablespoons (½ stick) very cold unsalted butter, cut up
¼cup chopped pecans

1. In a bowl, combine the flour with the granulated and brown sugars. With 2 blunt knives, cut the butter into the sugar mixture until it resembles small clumps.


2. Add the pecans and stir well.

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Butter (for the pan)
cups flour
teaspoons baking powder
¼teaspoon baking soda
¼teaspoon salt
½cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
cups granulated sugar
1teaspoon vanilla extract
Grated rind of 1 orange
cup buttermilk
2cups (8 ounces) fresh cranberries
1cup heavy cream, whipped until it holds soft peaks with 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

1. Set the oven at 375 degrees. Butter a 9-inch square cake pan.

2. In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to blend them.

3. In an electric mixer at medium speed, beat the butter and granulated sugar until well blended. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla and orange rind until evenly blended.


4. With the mixer set on medium-low speed, blend in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk.

5. Remove the bowl from the mixer stand. With a rubber spatula, fold in the cranberries. Pour the mixture into the pan and sprinkle the streusel on top.

6. Bake the cake for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Set the pan on a wire rack to cool. Cut into squares and serve with whipped cream. Jean Kressy