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Blackberry Slump


40 min

Blackberry Slump

Blackberry Slump Photo 1


40 min


5 persons




5.00 rating-star (2)

Author: Monica Feluchi

Have you ever heard of or tasted a dessert called a “blackberry slump”? It consists of steamed fruit or berries topped with dumplings. The idea of this dessert comes from Rhode Island. Hurry up to cook it and serve to your loved ones!


  • flour: 1 cup
  • baking powder: 1.5 tsp
  • salt: 0.5 tsp
  • sugar: 2 Tbsp
  • butter: 2 Tbsp
  • whole milk: 0.3 cup
  • blackberries: 4 cup (fresh or frozen, can be replaced with blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries)
  • cinnamon: 0.25 tsp
  • lemon juice: 1 tsp
  • lemon zest: 1 tsp
  • water: 0.3 cup
  • heavy whipping cream: 1 pack (or vanilla ice cream for the topping)

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Stages of cooking

  1. Start cooking the dessert with making the dumplings first. To do that, take a medium bowl and whisk flour, salt, baking powder and sugar in it. Cut the butter into small cubes and add it to the flour. The flour with butter should become coarse. Then add milk and stir until the flour becomes a bit wet. Knead the dough and form a ball.  Set it aside for a while. Take a saucepan and mix blackberries, cinnamon, sugar, water, lemon juice and lemon zest in it. Boil the sauce, occasionally stirring it.

    Blackberry Slump Photo 2
  2. As soon as the berry sauce starts boiling, tear off small pieces of dough and put on the fruit in the sauce. All in all, you should have 6 chunks of dumpling dough.

    Blackberry Slump Photo 3
  3. Cover the pot with the lid and reduce the fire. Simmer for about 25 minutes, but don’t remove the lid.

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  4. Take the dumplings away from the pot and place them into serving dishes. Top with berries. Serve hot or chilled with ice cream or cream. Enjoy!

    Blackberry Slump Photo 5

History of the Blackberry Slump

Blackberry slump is a traditional dessert that originated in Rhode Island, USA. It was originally cooked over an open fire or stove and was a favorite among pioneers and settlers. The name "slump" comes from the way the dumplings slump into the fruit while cooking, creating a rustic and delicious dessert.

Tips and Tricks for Blackberry Slump Recipe

When making the dumplings, it is important to not overwork the dough. This will result in tough dumplings. Instead, mix the ingredients until just combined and form the dough into a ball.

To make a creamier and rich berry sauce, you can substitute heavy whipping cream for the water in the recipe.

If using frozen berries, be sure to thaw them before cooking. This will help create a smoother and more consistent texture in the sauce.

When simmering the dumplings with the fruit, resist the urge to lift the lid and check on them. This will release steam and may cause the dumplings to become heavy and dense.

Tips for presenting the dish

To make this dish look even more beautiful, you can sprinkle a little bit of powdered sugar over the top of each serving. Serve hot or chilled with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You can also add a small sprig of mint or a fresh berry on top for a pop of color.

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