Baking with Summer Berries

Berry Buckle with Cinnamon Figs

Photo by Lorelle Del Matto

Photo by Lorelle Del Matto

Summer in the Pacific Northwest brings a bounty of berries, including blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, marionberries, loganberries, boysenberries and strawberries. Summer also brings visitors to enjoy our (mostly) glorious summer weather, trails and lakes. 

Photo by Lorelle Del Matto

Photo by Lorelle Del Matto

I like to serve guests visiting my home the best of local in-season foods. This Buckle recipe, full of berries, is the perfect dessert. Diced dried figs, coated in cinnamon and sugar, meld beautifully with the berries, and add another layer of fruity goodness. 

To add to the local flavor experience, last weekend I took my guests on the trail to pick wild blackberries before making the dessert. It is a very simple recipe. The cake batter goes on the bottom of the pan and the fruit is sprinkled on top. During baking the cake buckles up around the fruit to make an old-fashioned all-American comfort food treat that you can serve for brunch with a spoonful of Greek yogurt or for dessert.

Photo by Lorelle Del Matto

Photo by Lorelle Del Matto

Most don’t need a nutrition benefit to indulge in berries however evidence of the health impact of berry consumption is exciting and varied. Link to an article in WebMD Health News (Reference 1) that covers the potential benefits of berries for cancer, inflammation, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, weight loss, type 2 diabetes and even erectile dysfunction.

Here’s a link to the Berry Buckle with Cinnamon Figs that I created for the Valley Fig Growers Fig Focus Newsletter. For more berry baking ideas, link to a couple of my favorite recipes, Blueberry Crumble Bars   and Berry Tart  .  


1.    Berries: Big Health Benefits in Small Packages by Matt McMillen. April 4, 2016, WebMD Health News 


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Crazy about cooking, eating and sharing good food – my work and leisure revolve around the kitchen. As a culinary dietitian my professional life encompasses nutrition counseling and education, recipe development, product development, food and nutrition writing, marketing communications, corporate test kitchen and consumer affairs management, food styling and work as a product spokesperson.

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