Girl Gone Viral / Peach Buckle

After a failed meet-cute in a café goes viral, Katrina King’s carefully crafted life of seclusion is threatened. A former model, Katrina deals with her anxiety and panic disorder by safeguarding her privacy and identity and staying within her comfort zone. With the threat of the internet discovering her identity, Katrina flees to her bodyguard’s family farm to hide out and make a plan. However, she can’t flee her secret feelings for her bodyguard.

While relying on a lot of rom-com cliches, this book still felt fresh and engaging. I especially liked how the main character used cooking as a way to center herself and connect with those close to her. I decided to make a Peach Buckle for this book after reading about the peach farm where Katrina and Jas sought refuge and all the tasty things Katrina baked while there. 

Peach Buckle

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 3 peaches pitted and thinly sliced (about a pound)
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp almond extract

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350F

Melt the butter in a 10 inch cast iron skillet.

Put the peaches in a bowl and sprinkle them with the granulated sugar. Let sit.

In your main mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and brown sugar. Try to get out any large lumps in the sugar.

Whisk the egg and buttermilk together and add it to the bowl, along with the melted butter and extract. Whisk to combine, but don’t over beat.

Pour the batter into the skillet, and then top with the peach slices (along with any juices.) You can sprinkle the top with raw or sanding sugar if you like.

Bake in the center of the oven for about 50 minutes until golden and set. Cover loosely with foil toward the end of cooking if the top seems to be browning too quickly. You can do a toothpick test if you like, but keep in mind that a buckle, like a brownie, is best when moist inside and not over baked.

Serve warm with topping of your choice.

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