Slump. Buckle. Pandowdy. Crisp. Boy Bait. Cobbler. Sonker. With their deliciously folksy names, these cousins of the pie have long captured the glory of summer fruits at the peak of freshness. They all begin with a combination of fruit, sugar, butter and flour, but over the years creative cooks using local ingredients and techniques have produced a variety of mouth-watering variations. Want to please a crowd at your church picnic or family reunion? Serve one of these all-American beauties with a scoop of ice cream, and wait for the compliments to pour in.
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A buckle is so named because the top buckles when it cooks. It is a type of cake with fruit dropped into the batter. This recipe calls for raspberries, but any berry, cherry or stone fruit will work.