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Ava Gardner's Blueberry Buckle

The Ava Gardner Museum has plenty of her family recipes and I was happy to do another one with my special guest Lora Stocker.

The Recipe

This recipe is from the archives of the Ava Gardner Museum in North Carolina. There are several recipes on their website and even many that haven't been published. Sufficed to say, Lora and I will be doing many more Ava themed episodes. If you aren't a fan of blueberries, other fruits can easily be substituted.



1/2 cup butter

1 cup self rising flour

1 egg

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup milk

1 pint of blueberries

1 teaspoon of vanilla


1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 cup butter

1/3 cup flour


Cream butter and sugar together. Add vanilla and egg, blend well. Add flour to creamed mixture, alternating with milk. Pour into greased casserole dish. Sprinkle top with blueberries. Mix sugar, flour, cinnamon and butter to make crumbs. Pour over blueberries.

Bake at 375 degrees for almost 50 minutes.

I know about cobblers, pies and crumbles, but I had never heard of a "buckle" before. Lora sent me this chart that illustrates the differences.

Special Guest

Lora Stocker is a professional designer, illustrator, and artist and does graphic design work for the Turner Classic Movies social media team. She is a North Carolina native and is on the board of the Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield, North Carolina.

The Final Product

The only self-rising flour I could find at the store came in huge bags and I didn't want to buy that much. Instead I used regular flour and added a packet of yeast. It worked out well. The Blueberry Buckle is a tasty dessert and can be served with ice cream or whipped cream topping. I opted to eat some for breakfast along with some sliced fruit and a cup of coffee.

Please check out the Ava Gardner Museum online. They are doing virtual exhibits and "Ava Chats" online that cover different aspects of her life and career. Please consider donating to the museum and check out their online gift shop. Museums all over the world have been hit hard by the pandemic and your support is greatly appreciated!


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