Berries ‘n’ Dumplings

When I first saw the recipe for berries and dumplings, I thought of a type of dessert you might get at an Asian restaurant. Boy was I wrong! This is a delicious and easy springtime dessert. It’s light, fruity, not to sweet and just delightful with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You could probably use any mixture of frozen fruit to create the fruit and dumpling dessert you desire. Even though I’m partial to berries ( my favorite type of fruit), I’d love to experiment with peaches and mangos.

berries 'n' dumplings with vanilla ice cream
berries 'n' dumplings with vanilla ice cream

Ingredients
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart: Everyday Food
1 lb. frozen mixed berries
1 T. fresh lemon juice
6 T. plus 1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
2 T. unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
3 tsp ground cinnamon, divided
1/2 tsp all spice

Directions
1. In a medium skillet, cook berries, lemon juice, 4 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon 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, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and all spice 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 remaining teaspoon of 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.

Voila! Serve warm with some vanilla ice cream

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Post-baking thoughts: I used two 10 oz. bags of frozen mixed berries, as the recipe called for. However, next time I’d add another 1/2 bag at least to get more berries to even the proportions of dumplings to berries.

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