I’m the guy that always brings in the homemade baked goods. My wife and daughters, when visiting from out-of-town, are the chefs by the oven. Besides basking in the glow of my family’s prowess, I see these culinary cookies and cakes as promoting office socializing and chit-chat. Think of the old water cooler or coffee urn where colleagues would gather to share, commiserate, or celebrate. Noshing over homemade baked goods can also produce happier, more connected staff. It’s a lot cheaper then expensive team building seminars or retreats.
Over the years the most popular item I have brought to our student services kitchen area has been a Blueberry Buckle. According to the What’s Cooking America website, a buckle:
is a type of cake made in a single layer with berries added to the batter. It is usually made with blueberries. The topping is similar to a streusel, which gives it a buckled or crumpled appearance.
What the website does not mention is this is very easy to make. So, as a public service for all student affairs professionals I present the Brown’s Blueberry Buckle recipe. Even if you do not like to cook, burn everything in sight, or don’t think it’s possible for someone to combine ingredients to create a culinary delight you can succeed with this recipe. Let me know how it turns out and what the reaction is from your office colleagues. Bon appetit.
9” square pan
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup margarine
½ cup milk
1 pint blueberries
½ cup brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup softened margarine
By hand, cream the butter and sugar (blend the butter and sugar with a fork). Beat in the egg. Separately, mix the flour, salt, and baking powder. Add this mixture to the other ingredients. Add the milk. Stir until dry ingredients are dampened. Don’t over mix. Stir in the blueberries with a fork until just mixed.
Put in a greased 9” square pan (or use a non-stick spray). Don’t use a larger pan because the buckle might not be done in the middle when using a larger pan.
Mix topping ingredients. The butter should not be too soft or the topping will be too gloppy. Sprinkle the topping over the buckle batter.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Check to see if done using a toothpick. If you stick the toothpick into the middle and no batter comes out with the toothpick, the buckle is done. Take out of the oven and cool.
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