Monday, August 17, 2009

LIVE FROM IDAHO (Part 2): Huckleberry Buckle

For some reason every time Jana says "huckleberry buckle" I think of the hokey pokey and start doing a dance in my head. However, huckleberry buckle is in fact not a dance, but a yummy type of cobbler that is local to this part of the country. (I guess...huckleberries are local here.)

What is a huckleberry? Well, its a small, round blue berry that resembles our Mississippi blueberries. Jana swears they have more flavor, and they actually are quite good! However, I hear they are much, MUCH harder to pick than blueberries, so they tend to run on the more expensive side.

So, while on our farmer's market excursion, we picked up some huckleberries to make a fabulously fantastic dessert. I have to say, it was quite good, and Jana and I worked really fast to whip this sucker out! It was a good team effort, and I recommend trying this if you can find huckleberries. If you can't, just substitute blueberries!

Do the "huckleberry buckle" and you turn yourself around....that's what its all about!!!

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk

2 1/2 cups huckleberries
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon butter
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1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C.) Grease the bottom of a 9 inch square pan.
2.In a large bowl, cream 1/4 cup butter and 1/2 cup sugar. In a separate small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Stir into butter mixture. Stir in milk; mixture will be thick and lumpy. Spread batter into the prepared pan.
3.In a large bowl, combine berries, 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup boiling water. Pour over the batter in the pan. Dot the top with remaining 1 tablespoon of butter.
4.Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes.

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