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Blueberry Buckle with the Best Crumb Topping

Updated on June 20, 2014

More Than Just a Loaf of Bread

This blueberry buckle recipe will be a favorite no matter where you take it, and no matter what other desserts or breads are being served. It has fresh blueberries in it which make the bread soft and tempting.

The crumb topping contains margarine, cinnamon, sugar and flour. They make an amazing quartet of crunchy sweetness. You will press your fingers to the pan trying to bring every crumb to your mouth.

When serving, you will realize it's not just a loaf of bread you are slicing. This is a dessert as good as any cobbler or pie.

This Recipe Makes Two Yummy Loaves

Set Your Oven

Ingredients for bread.
Ingredients for bread.
Ingredients for crumb topping.
Ingredients for crumb topping.

Ingredients for Bread

  • 1/2 cup softened margarine, or 1 stick
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups blueberries

Ingredients for Crumb Topping

-1/4 cup softened margarine, or 1 stick

-1/2 cup sugar

-1/2 cup flour

-1/2 tsp cinnamon

Soften the Margarine

1/2 c margarine=1 stick, 15 seconds in 1,000 watt microwave
1/2 c margarine=1 stick, 15 seconds in 1,000 watt microwave

Melting Margarine

To melt your margarine, put in microwave and cook for 15 seconds or so depending on the wattage of your microwave. We don't want it completely melted, just soft. We will do the same with the margarine for the crumb topping.

The Process Via Photos

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MargarineSugarEggsBaking Powder and Salt Flour and MilkBlueberriesPour into greased pans
Baking Powder and Salt
Baking Powder and Salt
 Flour and Milk
Flour and Milk
Pour into greased pans
Pour into greased pans

Directions For Bread

*Set your oven for 375 degrees*

1. Cream together margarine, sugar, and eggs with mixer.

2. Add salt and baking powder to creamed mixture. Mix well until blended.

3. Slowly add 1 cup of flour at a time, alternating with milk, so mixture doesn't become too dry or wet.

4. Add blueberries and stir with spoon or spatula, not mixer.

5. Pour into two greased bread loaf pans.

Directions for Crumb Topping

1. Soften margarine in microwave for about 8 seconds.

2. Put margarine, sugar, flour and cinnamon in a medium sized bowl.

3. Using a fork, cut the margarine into the other ingredients. Continue this process until the mixture is crumbly.

4. Sprinkle over the bread evenly.

5. Bake at 375 degree for about 35 minutes. You may need to add 3-5 minutes. Test to see if the bread is done by inserting a toothpick or cake tester. It should come out with bread on it, but not wet bread, just moist.

Crumb Topping

Add Drizzled Icing if You Like

I sometimes add icing drizzled over the bread. It adds more sweetness, and makes it pretty too.

I start with a cup of powdered sugar, 2Tbs of milk, and 1/4 tsp of vanilla. You will need an electric mixer to blend the icing to a smooth consistency. It's very difficult to make the icing smooth with a beater or spoon.

You want the icing to be like thickened milk. Drizzle it over the bread from the bowl.

Moisture Forming in Closed Container

Condensation forming over the bread.
Condensation forming over the bread.

What to Do if You Over-baked the Bread

If your oven cooks faster than mine, you inserted the cake tester, and it came out completely clean, you probably overcooked your bread.

No fear! I have a solution. Put your bread loaves inside a cake dome or some kind of sealed container while it is still hot. Crack the lid if using a plastic container. Leave it in there until condensation forms on the lid of the container, and the bread has cooled.

I find that the condensation adds moisture to the bread when overcooked. I have forgotten a cake or bread many times, and this is a great solution It's not a perfect answer, but it helps greatly.

Also, drizzle icing over the top to add a little something to the bread, so the dryness won't be noticed.

Estimated Nutrition Via My Fitness Pal

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 slice
Calories 178
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Unsaturated fat 1 g
Carbohydrates 32 g11%
Sugar 15 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 2 mg1%
Sodium 253 mg11%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Keep a Loaf, Share a Loaf

I usually keep one loaf at home, and take the other to work. I love hearing compliments on my bread, and my co-workers are delighted to have a great treat.

This bread is sure to delight the pickiest of people. I have never had anyone turn me down when I offered them a slice of this heaven. The only way not to love this bread is to have an allergy to blueberries, and that would be a shame.

Baking & Finished Product

Rate My Blueberry Buckle

5 stars from 4 ratings of Blueberry Buckle

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    • Krmission profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks FlourishAnyway! It is delicious!

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      4 years ago from USA

      This looks simply devine! Five stars for sure.


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