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What’s in a name?

Summer fruit desserts: 7 folksy favorites

By Jennifer Fujita
7 Summer Fruit Dessert Recipes

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.

Raspberry Buckle

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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.

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Blueberry “Boy Bait”

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The name speaks for itself: a combination of cake batter, blueberries and irresistible streusel topping that makes the boys come runnin’.

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Apple-Plum Sonker

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Sonkers are juicy, deep-dish, rectangular pies, specific to Surry County, North Carolina. They’re often topped with a “dip,” a glaze made from thickened sweetened condensed milk.

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp

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A crisp is similar to a cobbler, except that it has a topping (usually oatmeal) sprinkled evenly over the fruit and baked to create a sweet crunchy topping.

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Blackberry Slump

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A slump is a New England creation—halfway between a cobbler and a British steamed pudding. Biscuit dough is dropped atop simmering fruit and covered until cooked through.

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Cherry Pandowdy

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A pandowdy is traditionally baked in a cast-iron skillet. Halfway through the cooking process, the crust is broken and partly submerged in the filling, or “dowdied.”

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Nectarine-Blueberry Cobbler

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The cobbler is an American classic in which fruit is topped with spoonfuls of biscuit dough and then baked, creating a cobblestone effect.

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Jennifer Fuijta cooks and overeats in Kansas City, where she's a writer for Hallmark. Her husband and teenage sons say she's nice except when she is in the kitchen, where she's a total bossypants.