Rum and Raisin Pear Buckle

Last night while hopping around the blogs, I landed on Bake for Happy Kids. In the sidebar I spotted that today was the in "Bake Along" they were baking Fruit Buckle. I was a little curious about what buckles were, so i googled and decided to bake along with them... and today i baked a Rum and Raisin Pear Buckle....

well, Rum & Raisin is my latest craze. I had planned a rum & raisin ice-cream today. since the ice-cream plan had to be delayed, i sneaked in some of that combination in the buckle. it worked really well. I used Angostura Trinida & Tobago Caribbean rum (aged 7 years) in the recipe. but i guess any dark rum will work. the pears poached in rum taste great by itself. in case you haven't tried the combination you should cook up some right away. you'll thank me for the recommendation !

In case fruit buckles are new to you too... here is what they are. They are a type of cake in which fruits are added to the batter and are topped with a struesel. now why are they called buckles ? well because, as the cake bakes, it tends to "buckle" around the fruits. i also gathered that originally blueberries were the star-fruits used to bake buckles... but as it turned out, rum-poached pears also taste wonderful nestled in the cake ! 

Rum and Raisin Pear Buckle 

  • for the fruit
    • 1 1/2 green D'Anjou Pears, sliced lengthwise
    • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
    • 2 tbsps sugar
    • 4 tbsps rum 
    • 2-3 tbsps water
    • zest of 1/2 lemon
    • pinch of salt
    • 3 tbsps golden raisins
  • for the streusel 
    • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
    • 2 tbsp oats
    • 2 tbsp brown sugar (plus more if you like)
    • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, cold, cut into pieces
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
    • 1/8 tsp nutmeg powder
    • for the cake batter
      • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
      • 2/3 tsp baking soda
      • 1/4 tsp salt
      • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
      • 3 1/2 oz evaporated milk
      • 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
      • 1/3 cup sugar
        what i did
      • treating the fruit
        • first i melted the butter in a saucepan, stirred in the sugar and added the pears.
        • immediately afterwards i added the remaining ingredients to the saucepan and let the sliced pears poach in the liquid for 5 minutes.
        • then switching off the heat i left the raisins in the liquid until they had plumped up a bit, about 30-45 minutes.
      • for the struesel, i simply hand-mixed all the ingredients together and kept it aside.
      • for the cake
        • first i preheated the oven to 375 degrees F, lined a 6 inch springfoam pan with a parchment paper, then sifted the flour, salt and baking soda together and set it aside.
        • next using the hand mixer i whipped the sugar with the butter until the mixture looked creamy. then added the evaporated milk and sour cream to the butter-sugar mixture and whisked till the mixture was well-combined. 
        • i then stirred the sifted flour-mixture to the butter mixture with a light hand until the flour got incorporated into the batter. 
        • then adding the soaked raisins in the batter, i poured it into the prepared springform pan, arranged the rum-poached pears on top of the batter in a circular pattern, spread the struesel  on top of the pear and transferred the pan into the preheated oven and baked for 45-50 minutes, until a skewer inserted came out clean.
      all that said, I have a few concerns about the buckle. i think in trying to make the recipe eggless I might have overdone the oil in the cake. it oozed oil after being taken out off the oven. keeping that in mind, i think, replacing the sour cream with Greek yogurt might be a good idea. also the crumb could use a little less butter, perhaps two tablespoons instead of three...

      so much for today. Baking this along with Joe of  Bake for Happy KidsJoyce of  Kitchen Flavours, and Lena of Frozen wings, the three three baker-teers behind Bake Along....


      also check out what the others have baked....

      Also sharing this at the following weekly parties....
      Monday Food : Made with Love Mondays, Marvelous Mondays @ This Gal CooksMeatless Monday @Veggie Mama's Meatless Monday My Sweet and SavoryJust Another Meatless Monday @ Hey What's for Dinner Mom, Melt in your Mouth Mondays, Mop It Up Monday, Mealtime Monday, Recipe Sharing Monday, Inspire Me Monday, Clever Chicks Blog Hop, Maniac Monday Linky Party


      1. Hi,
        Wow, rum and raisin sounds delish! I love rum and raisin, especially rum in bakes! Your buckle looks lovely! It is nice having you bake along with us! Hope you can join us again!
        Thank you and have a nice day!

      2. Hi Tanu, that's a very lovely cake. Love the streusel topping, awesome. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

        Have a nice week ahead.

      3. Love your golden brown buckle....

      4. I always think pear desserts are very elegant. A rum and raisin pear buckle, that's awesome ! Would love to try this classy cake:-)

      5. What a lovely looking dessert. I love Rum Raisin anything and your buckle sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe with the Hearth and Soul hop.

      6. That sounds like a yummy recipe !! Glad to know about buckles :)

      7. Yours has extra steps but looks so totally worth it!

      8. Your Run and Raisin Pear Buckle looks delicious, we would sure enjoy it. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
        Miz Helen

      9. What a great looking recipe! Look perfect to have with a cup of coffee

      10. Nice to have you baking along with us!

        Love your boozy version of fruit buckle. What a delicious idea to use rum-poached pear to make your fruit buckle. You are so clever incorporating 3 good recipes into 1.


      11. Sounds absolutely delicious. The flavors are tempting. I still have to make mine but right now, I am out of fruit.

      12. Thanks for sharing this on My Meatless Mondays. It makes a great dessert.

      13. I love Buckles. Yours sounds delicious. Visiting from Marvellous Monday's.

      14. hi, nice to know you thru bake along! this is a good inspiration and idea besides the usual blueberries buckle and a boozy one, i know i will enjoy it very much!thanks very much for baking along with us and hope to see you around!

      15. Delicious buckle Tina. I love it, Admire you for lot of baking. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop.

      16. I really like the pear addition. Thank you for sharing on Foodie Friday

      17. Thank you, I always wondered what a Buckle was! I will need to try this. Thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend. Have a wonderful week :)

      18. Beautiful looking cake and sounds DELICIOUS !!


      Thanks for stopping by. It was nice having you here. Have a good day.

      Take care and come back soon.
      Best, Tanusree

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