Celebrate Summer’s Sweeter Side With Local Berries

During the summer months, Canadians across the country are fortunate to have access to fresh and naturally sweet local berries. Whether you prefer to pick them yourself at a local farm or buy them at a farmers’ market or a fresh fruit truck on your way to the cottage, berries easily add the taste of summer to any dessert. Ideal for seasonal baking, berries are also rich in antioxidants and high in flavour.

Whether blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or prairie berries are your berry of choice, this Berry Grunt recipe will satisfy any sweet tooth and make the most of your region’s seasonal offerings. This old-fashioned dessert is similar to a cobbler, but has fluffy dumplings on top. Even better, this sweet treat can be made over the campfire or on your stove in less than half an hour helping you get back to summer fun.

Berry Grunt

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Makes: 8 servings



  • 4 cups (1 L) blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or blackberries, or a combination
  • 1 can (300 mL) Eagle Brand regular or low fat sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) water
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground nutmeg


  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) Robin Hood original all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) milk


  1. Sauce: Place berries, sweetened condensed milk, water, lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large pot or Dutch oven with a lid. Stir well to combine. Bring to a boil and cook gently until slightly cooked down.
  2. Dumplings: Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Cut in butter and add milk. Drop batter by spoonfuls into hot berry sauce. Cover tightly with lid and simmer for 15 minutes, making sure not to lift the lid. The dumplings should be puffed and well-cooked.
  3. Place dumplings in serving dish and ladle sauce on top.

Camping tip: Can also be made in cast iron Dutch oven over campfire. To make preparing the dumplings even easier, pre-measure dry ingredients in a re-sealable bag, add in remaining ingredients and mix.

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COURTESY: News Canada