Monday, July 7, 2008

Blueberry Grunt

Ah, I love a nice weird New England recipe! Blueberry Grunt is one of those strange old-fashioned foods that have simple ingredients, a wholesome "slow-food" taste, and a name that brings a funny look to anyone you try to describe it to. It is not difficult to make, and in my book can be eaten for, or with, any meal of the day!

Blueberry Grunt

4 cups wild fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup water

2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp butter or shortening

Heat berries, spices, sugar, lemon juice, and water in a skillet; boil gently until well blended and slightly cooked down.

Sift flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a bowl. Cut in butter and add enough milk to make a soft biscuit dough. Drop by spoonfuls into hot berry sauce. Cover tightly with a lid and SIMMER for 15 minutes (no peeking!) The dumplings should be puffed and well cooked through.

Transfer cooked dumplings to serving dish. Ladle sauce over top; top with your favorite cream.

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