Mama Lachute's Blackberry Dumplings

Total Time:
50 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • For the blackberry topping:
  • 3 pints fresh blackberries, rinsed well and drained
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • For the dumpling dough:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • Scant 1 teaspoon dry quick-rise yeast
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Whipped cream or Vanilla ice cream, for serving, optional
Directions
For the blackberry filling:
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the blackberries with the sugar, 3 cups of the water and lemon juice. Cook until the berries are soft and a heavy syrup has formed, about 15 minutes.

  • Remove from the heat and strain off the syrup from the berries. Set the berries aside with 1/2 cup of the syrup and return the remaining syrup to the saucepan.

  • Add the remaining 1 cup water, the vanilla, and the butter to the syrup in the saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

  • For the dumpling dough:

  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.

  • Using a pastry blender, 2 knives, or your fingertips, cut in the 6 tablespoons butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

  • In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add the yeast mixture and the buttermilk to the flour mixture, stirring only until just incorporated. Do not overwork the dough.

  • Drop the biscuit dough, by the tablespoonful, in batches, into boiling syrup and cook until the dumplings float to the surface and they are cooked through, about 5 minutes.

  • Remove the dumplings from the syrup and place in small bowls. Ladle some of the hot syrup and cooked berries over the top of the dumplings. Serve garnished with a dollop of whipped cream or a small scoop of ice cream.


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