Blackberry Dumplings

Blackberry Dumplings are a simple summer berry dessert  consisting  of steamed dumplings  in a blackberry sauce  made quickly on the stove top.
Blackberry Dumplings

Blackberry Dumplings

By Sue Lau |  Palatable Pastime

Blackberry dumplings are my recipe of the day with Summer Dessert Week. I am  doing two  recipes- this one and pineapple-orange sherbet popsicles  on Wednesday.

Blackberry Dumplings

Dumplings aka Slump  or Grunt

Blackberry dumplings are  the Appalachian or southern name  for  what is often called a  blackberry slump or  a blackberry grunt. But who can keep track of what these names are for? And if  you look them up you will see things that  vary  from  being a baked biscuit top  cobbler to a cake to this.

And what this  is, essentially, is a simple blackberry sauce topped with a sweetened dumpling  dough and steamed. It all comes together very quickly. Don’t  worry about  the  steaming- this is made much the same  way as you would with drop batter dumplings as per chicken and  dumplings.

Easy as Pie?

I’d say this is easy as pie to make but in fact,  it  is  quite a lot  easier than  pie. No rolling  out of  the crust and all that crap.

The dumplings steam and get tender, just as  savory ones do. But rather than a chicken  gravy, this has a sweet  fresh blackberry sauce and with the  color that splashes or seeps, you may like  to invert them as  I did  for  uniform  color.  This makes them look like huge blackberries, after all.

The Finishing  Touch

Serve this up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream  or maybe some  whipped cream or  cool  whip and you are set to go.  You might even think  of  topping  with a splash of  heavy cream and having  it for breakfast. You can do that, you know.

However you serve yours, it is the perfect sweet taste of  summer, being my favorite berry after all.

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Blackberry Dumplings

Blackberry Dumplings

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Blackberry Dumplings

Blackberry Dumplings

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4


Blackberry Mixture

  • 18 ounces fresh ripe blackberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup water

Dumpling Batter

  • 1 cup Bisquick baking mix
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • Ice cream or Whipped Cream optional


  • Mix together dumpling batter and set aside.
  • Whisk together the sugar, orange juice and water over low heat until fully dissolved.
  • Add rinsed blackberries and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of batter onto fruit and cover with a lid.
  • Cook without stirring or lifting lid for twenty minutes, then remove from heat.
  • Serve dumplings inverted in a bowl, topped with blackberry sauce and either ice cream or whipped cream on the side.


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Keyword fruit dumplings, grunt, slump
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Blackberry Dumplings

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