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Friday, January 12, 2018

Recipe: Blackberry Dumplings (or Sweet Cherry)



By the time my husband's birthday rolls around in January we are tired of cakes and pies. Really,  I don't think we both could stand to eat  one more piece of either.  So he requests something different each year and he is happy!  It's usually something that I don't make often and falls under the I remember this from when I was growing up.  Then he eats it and feels instantly young again!  

This past summer we were lucky enough to buy some blackberries from a local man and I canned the juice.  This is one of my favorite ways to use blackberries.  The other is jelly and I will be canning that soon! 



Recipe for Blackberry Cobbler

4 cups of Fresh Cherries (pitted) or Blackberries or you can use 1 quart of Blackberry Juice (unsweetened)
2 cups of water 
1 cup of sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

If using fresh Blackberries:

Put cherries or blackberries in a 3 quart saucepan, add the water, sugar, and cinnamon.  Mix well and bring to a boil.  Make sure to cook until the berries are tender.  Usually that will take about 15 minutes on medium heat.    You may need to add more sugar according to the sweetness of your berries.  

For the blackberries:  You can leave the seeds in at this point but we usually love to strain them out.   


If using  the canned unsweetened Blackberry juice:

Place the juice, water, sugar, and cinnamon in a point.  Cook until the sugar is dissolved.   This usually takes about 5 to 10 minutes.  Taste and adjust the sugar.  


Dumplings 

2 cups of self rising flour
1 cup of milk

Mix the milk into the flour and then drop by teaspoon full into the Cherry or Blackberry mixture.  Cook on low heat for about 10-15 minutes until dumplings are fluffy.







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