Blackberry Dumplings, The Prize Of The Hunt

A warm, soft dumpling cooked in sweet blackberry sauce brings back memories of traditional blackberry picking during early southern Louisiana summers.



4 cups blackberries, fresh or frozen

1 cup sugar

2 cups water

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, or juice of 1/2 lemon

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoons shortening

1/4 cup milk

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla


Bring berries, sugar, water and lemon juice to a boil in a large skillet using high heat. Cook for 10 minutes lowering heat just a little. Stirring occasionally.  Put remaining ingredients into a bowl and mix together using an electric mixer. Dough will be somewhat stiff. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls into cooked berries. Cover and cook dumplings for 5 minutes. Turn dumplings over and cook covered another few minutes or until dumplings are cooked through. Serve warm by itself or with a scoop of ice cream.


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