This week I tried my hand at a baking Berry Buckle. In our ongoing quest to define various summertime desserts, a buckle was next on my list.
“What makes a buckle a buckle?” You may ask (or at least, I did!). In my internet perusing, I learned that a buckle is more cake-like, though it’s a cake baked with fresh fruit (just to be clear, just because it’s fruit + cake, it does not make it a fruitcake). The cake is supposed to “buckle” around the large amount of fruit in the cake.
And you know what else?! It has a streusel topping. If that’s not a perfect cake to try in these diminishing days of summer, I don’t know what is!
Well, it’s a little confusing because some would say a crisp has oats and a crumble doesn’t BUT then I easily found recipes where crumbles had oats?! Strudel’s crisp last week definitely had oats! The Kitchn tells me…
Crisps have oats. Crumbles – no oats!
Oats or no oats, this dessert seems to have started during WWII when rationing of flour, fat and sugar turned the pie into this more economical and easy to make dessert! Adding oats into a crisp was a way to use even less flour.
It’s nearing the end of summer (I *refuse* any suggestion that our warm sunny season is over), and I’m working on putting as much summer fruit in my face as possible before the end of season. Streusel and I also decided that while we’re piling in the berries and stone fruits, we should also take the opportunity to define the differences between cobblers, crumbles, crisps and buckles. I’m starting things off this month with this Summer Fruit Crisp.
Before we get to defining our desserts, it’s important that I announce this: this Crisp is a dream. It’s so good – packed with sweet peaches and fragrant ripe strawberries, with a lid of hearty oats, crunchy almonds and warming spices, it tastes like all the best parts of summertime.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t grill up something pie-ish! Not only is it sweet, it’s easy. A simple grilled apple galette.
A galette is basically a free form flat pie. They are easy to put together, easy to please guests, easy to grill up BUT a few words of caution…
Grill it low and slow! If the grill is too warm, it will burn the bottom quickly.
I struggled with what to name this blog post, because there’s so many wonderful and homemade things happening. There’s the naan itself, which is tender and squishy and chewy and buttery and salty; plus the “I can’t believe how quickly I just made cheese” tangy and crumbly paneer. There’s also the hearty, toothy kale that turns this stuffed naan from a snack and into a meal. Also, it was grilled on the barbecue, which gave it a a bit of roastiness.
So, I thought about “Homemade Naan with Kale and Paneer” or “Grilled Naan with Homemade Paneer and Kale” or “Stuffed Naan with Kale and Homemade Paneer” etc. In the end, I figured it would be understood that naan is homemade (this is a baking blog, after all), also that the word “stuffed” sounded weird, and that the grilling part is important. So, I went with “Kale and Paneer Filled Grilled Naan” – it’s sort of the least + most words I could figure out how to fit in to one title.
Nothing in this recipe is difficult, and start-to-finish, it took me about two hours, which I thought was pretty good for making a bread, cheese, and a filling. Also, it’s totally worth the time! The naan is particularly delicious right after it comes off the grill, when the butter and salt hit the charred parts of the squishy dough – uch, divine. I love gluten so much.
One thing I really liked about baking this naan on the grill is that I have much more room to maneuver around – this pita is delicious, but whenever I make it there’s a bit of contorting in in order to get the dough to the back parts of the oven, plus the flipping (oh, the flipping!). It always turns out just fine, but using the grill just felt so roomy!
A friend recently visited Uganda and she came back raving about the Chapati Bread she ate while there. As you’ve read before Strudel and I love both making and eating pita bread. It’s easy but one thing you have to do continually is open the oven to flip and check the bread. It causes heat to be lost from the oven.
So as I thought about making chapati bread and heating up the kitchen I thought what better way to make this bread then on the grill. It worked so well that next time I make pita bread it’s going on the grill too!
This month, we’re focusing on baking on the grill. Mind you, this idea came straight from Streusel’s brain. She thought that since we’re both so committed to using our outdoor grills in the summertime, we should expand our horizons and figure out what else we could cook out there. I thought it was a bit off, truth be told (why grill cornbread when I can cook it in my perfectly evenly-temperatured oven?). And then, it was hot outside, my house was hot inside, and turning on the oven sounded like a terrible idea. The result was a Skillet Cornbread (baked on the grill!) that is delicious, slightly sweet, and tender with crispy crust. Also, I had a house that stayed (ever so slightly) cooler.
We went to Bluebird where I had a very delicious ice cream with a graham cracker-flavored base. It was creamy, sweet, rich – all the things I love – though it didn’t have chocolate(!) and I couldn’t help but wish for a bit of a bit of texture and crunch in my ice cream.
You might recall that Strudel and I were very grateful last month to be able to attend the 2019 IFBC in Juneau Alaska! I came away totally enamored with Juneau! While at the opening reception of the IFBC, I met Vivian, a native to Alaska, a member of the Tlingit, a Raven from the T’akdeintaan Clan.
I worked for many years within walking distance of Little Man Ice Cream, a Denver hot spot for the best ice cream around. I like ice cream but I have never craved ice cream. That was until trying Little Man’s Salted Oreo Ice Cream. It’s perfectly salty, perfectly sweet… perfectly amazing!
I don’t particularly care for oreo cookies. My daughter loves oreos but they can sit in my pantry forever if she doesn’t eat them. However, this summer, she introduced me to Pistachio Oreo Thins – Oh my!! I could eat an entire bag of these Oreo Thins in one sitting!
My work recently moved and I am no longer any where near Little Man Ice Cream and I miss their Salted Oreo Ice Cream! While devouring some pistachio thins, I knew they were destined to go into my own version of salted ice cream!