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ABC Slump Recipe
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ABC Slump Recipe

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The "ABC" in this recipe's name comes from the apple, blueberries and cranberries it uses. The other part refers to the way the dumplings "slump" during cooking - presumably the sound made by the fruit as it bubbles on the stove. I've take my slump to work, picnics and church carry-ins. No matter where, the result is the same...all that I ever bring home is the empty dish. -Becky Burch, Marceline, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 cup chopped peeled tart apple
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Half-and-half cream

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 264 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 132 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the fruit, water and sugar; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk; stir just until moistened. Drop into six mounds onto simmering fruit. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a dumpling comes out clean (do not lift the cover while simmering). Serve warm with cream. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as ABC Slump in Country Woman March/April 1999, p29

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 264 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 132 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein.

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Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

The flavor in this dish is wonderful. The cooking time for the dumplings ended up being about 20 minutes. I also doubled the fruit ingredients but neglected to double the dumplings...duh, and the result was waaayy too much juice which never thickened. I assume if I had also doubled the dumplings the extra flour would have soaked up the excess juice.

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

I loved my Mom's blueberry dumplings so I thought this sounded good. It was fabulous. So many wonderful flavors together. I couldn't resist adding cinnamon to the fruit as well. The second time I added more fruit and a little less water. The dumplings then cooked on top of the fruit and were lofty and light. Love this recipe; quick, easy and delightful!

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