Berry Grunt? What in the world is that? Well, let this Friday’s Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures story explain!
Here is Poppi, Martin and Sylvia’s grandfather:
“Every year, my mother made the best blueberry dish in the world.”
“Pie?” asked Sylvia, hopping into Poppi’s lap.
“Nope,” said Poppi with a smile.
“Blueberry buckle?” asked Martin.
“Blueberry buckle is really good, I’ll give you that” said Poppi, “But the best blueberry dish – hands down – is blueberry grunt.”
“Blueberry grunt?!” asked Sylvia with a giggle, “That’s not a dessert.”
“You’ve never had blueberry grunt?” asked Poppi. . .
“What is it?” asked Martin.
“Oh, you make a sweet thick sauce of blueberries, lemon and sugar, and then boil a thick sugary dumpling swimming right in the middle of the sauce. So good.”
“Why is it called grunt?” asked Sylvia, still giggling.
“Some say it is because the blueberries make that sound when they are boiling, but I think it is because it is soooo good, and it makes you feel so happy – that the only sound you can make is a grunt.”
(-from this week’s Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures story “Four Kinds of Pickers”)
Blueberry Grunt is a dish from Nova Scotia, where blueberries are really abundant. It’s clever and easy, and like Poppi says, it’s comprised of dumplings, boiled in a sweet berry mixture.
Try it, and it may provoking some happy grunting in your house too!
adapted from Martha Stewart’s Berry Grunt recipe
4 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/3 cup milk of choice (we used almond)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
5 cups blueberries
1/2 cup honey
1.5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Make a little “cinnamon sugar” by combining 2 tablespoons of the sugar with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar, baking powder, ginger and a pinch of salt. In separate bowl, combine milk and melted butter. Stir the milk-butter mixture into the flour mixture, and then set aside.
In a large, heavy pot or straight-sided, combine the blueberries, honey and lemon juice. Set on the stove, cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring every once in awhile.
Once the berry mixture is gently boiling, use two spoons to drop 7-8 large “dollops” of batter on top. (Use one spoon to scoop a dollop and the other to help release it so that it drops into the boiling berries.) Drop them in gently (so they aren’t totally submerged), and space them out evenly. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on the top of each.
Cover, reduce the heat to medium, and cook for about 15 minutes, until the dumplings are cooked through.
Serve warm with ice-cream or drizzled cream.