Monday, September 12, 2011

Blueberry Slump

Cobblers, Brown Bettys and slumps are words used to describe old fashioned desserts.  They may be more popular in one region of the country than another.  Blueberry slump is a dessert I discovered early in my married life.  In our first years together, Hubby and I lived in a house that shared a property line with a cemetery.  That cemetery had many, many low bush blueberry bushes on the undeveloped part of the property near our house.  Hubby was the blueberry picker and I was the cook.  We had so many blueberries, we didn't know what to do with them.   Blueberry slump came to the rescue.

I know, you are wondering what exactly is blueberry slump.  It is a simple dessert made with stewed blueberries and topped with dumplings.   You can top it with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, or both.  Hmmm....think about a bowl of hot sweetened blueberries topped with a hot biscuit island.  Those hot elements are balanced by a scoop of icy cold vanilla ice cream and a dollop of sweetened whipped cream.  Sounds good doesn't it?

Here's how we make it...

Blueberry Slump
Serves 4
For the sauce
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water

For the dumplings
1 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk, approximately

In a medium sized pot, over medium high heat, mix together the blueberries, sugar and water. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer the mixture for about 10 minutes. 

Meanwhile, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.  Add the milk to the dry ingredients, stirring quickly and mixing only until you make a dough that will drop off the end of a spoon.  You may  need to add a little extra milk to get the right consistency.  It will be a thick batter.  Drop by spoonfuls into the boiling blueberry sauce.

Cook for 10 minutes with the cover off,  then cover and cook for 10 more minutes.  The dumplings will be plump and light. 

To serve, place one dumpling in a bowl and spoon one quarter of the stewed blueberries over it.  Top with your favorite vanilla ice cream.

Get the printable blueberry slump recipe by clicking the link.



  1. Looks very good, sorry we did not get to make this last week in Maine.

  2. Meg, it's surprising how yummy something so simple can be. Robin, we had too many other goodies, didn't we? :)

  3. I've never heard of a slump...but I do like blueberries, and I do love dumplings...why not!

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    1. This is a delicious recipe that Donna introduced me to over 35 years ago. I nevery think to make it in the winter, but why not?


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