Blueberry Dumplings

Recipe by CountryLady




  • Filling: Adjust oven rack to the lowest level and preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Wash the berries in a bowl of cold water, remove any leaves or stems and drain well.
  • In a 2 ½ to 3 quart casserole with a tight fitting lid, stir together the sugar and water until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add the berries and cover with the lid.
  • Bake on the lower rack for about 30 minutes or until the filling gives off a little steam.
  • While the filling is baking, begin preparing the batter so that you are able to make the dumplings quickly.
  • Dumplings: In a medium size bowl blend together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Pour the milk into a small saucepan.
  • Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the milk.
  • Warm over moderate heat until the milk is warm and the butter is almost completely melted.
  • Turn off the heat and leave the mixture in the saucepan on the burner so that the milk stays warm and butter stays melted.
  • Get ready in your workspace: a fork to mix with and two large oval soupspoons to form the dumplings.
  • When the blueberry filling is ready, remove the casserole from the oven, but do not remove the lid.
  • With a fork, stir the milk mixture into the flour only until the milk has been absorbed.
  • The batter should look lumpy and under mixed.
  • Remove the lid from the top of the casserole and keep it close by.
  • Drop large spoonfuls of the batter on top of the blueberry mixture forming first a circle and then filling in the center of the circle.
  • The dumplings will sink a little.
  • Return the lid to the top and place back into the oven.
  • Continue cooking for 15 minutes.
  • Do not remove the lid until this baking time has elapsed.
  • Remove from the oven and place on a rack.
  • Remove the lid and let cool for 15 minutes before serving.
  • Whip the crème fraîche (or whipping cream) until thickened.
  • To serve, spoon into deep bowls and top with a dollop of cream fraîche or whipping cream.