Warm Berries 'n' Dumplings

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
35 mins

Don't turn on the oven for this all-American dessert (traditionally called a grunt). The berries and biscuitlike dumplings cook right on the stove.


  • 1 pound frozen mixed berries

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 6 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • ½ cup low-fat buttermilk

  • teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. In a medium skillet, cook berries, lemon juice, 4 tablespoons sugar, and 1/4 cup water over medium until slightly thickened, 11 to 13 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 2 tablespoons sugar; add melted butter and buttermilk, and stir until a moist dough forms. Dividing evenly, spoon 6 dollops of dough over fruit. Combine cinnamon and 1 teaspoon sugar, and sprinkle over dough.

  3. Cover pan tightly with foil, and cook over medium-low until dumplings are set and tops are dry to the touch, about 15 minutes. Serve warm.

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