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Black & Blue Berry Grunt

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


8 servings

Updated: Apr. 22, 2022
If you’re looking for something different from the usual cakes and fruit pies, try this old-fashioned dessert. It features a delicious combination of blackberries and blueberries with homemade dumplings on top. —Kelly Akin, Johnsonville, New York
Black & Blue Berry Grunt Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2-1/2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries, thawed
  • 2-1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, thawed
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar
  • Sweetened whipped cream, optional


  1. In a large skillet, combine the first 7 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the first 5 dumpling ingredients. Add butter and buttermilk; stir just until moistened. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto berry mixture. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  3. Cover tightly; simmer until a toothpick inserted in a dumpling comes out clean, 10-15 minutes. Serve warm; if desired, top with sweetened whipped cream.
To substitute for each cup of buttermilk, use 1 Tbsp. white vinegar or lemon juice plus enough milk to measure 1 cup. Stir, then let stand 5 min. Or, use 1 cup plain yogurt or 1-3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar plus 1 cup milk.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 226 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 229mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 4g fiber), 3g protein.

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