Sunday, August 8, 2010
A Blueberry Grunt
A grunt is a like a cobbler, but it’s made on the stovetop. Sweet holy dumplings!
Here's the recipe:
about 3 pints of blueberries
1 c. sugar (plus 1 teaspoon)
1 t. cinnamon
½ stick of butter
2/3 c. buttermilk
1 t. vanilla
2 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
½ t. baking soda
½ t. salt
Melt a half stick of butter, and mix it with 2/3 cup of buttermilk and 1 tsp. vanilla. (make sure the buttermilk is room temp. when you combine it, otherwise the butter will solidify again!)
Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, place dumplings on top of the fruit.
Simmer 20 minutes until dumplings double in size, and toothpick comes out clean. Sprinkle with another 1/2 t. of cinnamon combined with a teaspoon of sugar and serve.
Betty – fruit is topped by buttered crumbs and baked
Buckle- cake-like bottom with berries mixed in, crumble on top
Clafouti – fruit is topped with cake or pudding and baked
Cobbler – fruit is covered by a biscuit-like dough and baked
Crisp – similar to a crumble, but with a crunchier topping
Crumble – topping is sprinkled over fruit in a pan and baked
Crostata – similar to a one-crust pie, but the dough is folded around the fruit
Pandowdy – a rolled-out dough is baked on top of fruit
Pie – fruit inside a baked crust
Slump –same as a grunt
Slap – pureed fruit used as a facial scrub (kidding, I made that one up.)
Names for these desserts can vary regionally. What’s the most popular one where you are?