Traditional Nova Scotia dessert Blueberry Grunt gets updated with the addition of blackberries. Soft, fluffy biscuits tucked in a tart berry sauce, is a simple treat prepared on the stove and is the perfect ending to your day.
There is only one way to get over post vacation blues. Dessert. Something sweet to end your day, a little treat, and a little piece of ‘I’m still on vacation’ bliss. (I’m thinking about it like a little gradual detox.)
We are just returning from an amazing 10 days home in Nova Scotia, so the struggle is real and we needed a traditional east coast treat to soften the blow. Enter blueberry grunt. Grunt is the quintessential Nova Scotia dessert, and thankfully incredibly easy to make.
Before we left I miss judged the shopping and bought too much fruit for the week. And by miss judged, I mean I got overly excited at the fruit stand with the deliciousness of fresh plums and berries. As a result a pint of blackberries and blueberries were placed in the freezer before we jetted off. Never, ever was I so excited to see frozen berries as I was last night!!
And so the traditional Nova Scotia treat got a little prairie twist with the addition of blackberries.This may be blasphemous, but I actually like it a little more with the blackberries!
The soft, doughy, fluffy biscuits were like little clouds of heaven nestled in the tart berry sauce. YUM! And magically, just like the biscuits, our post vacation blues seemed to disappear very quickly…. Serve this stove top treat topped with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. It makes for a great weeknight treat (Just don’t expect to have any leftover!!).
I’ll be back later in the week sharing some photos from our travels, until then I hope (like us) this blueberry grunt satisfies your east coast craving!!
- 2 cups blueberries
- 2 cups blackberries
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- zest ½ lemon
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- 2 cups flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 cup 1% milk
- In a skillet, mix the berries, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer until the berries thicken and are jam like. Remove from heat, add the cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice and zest.
- Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Cut in the butter then add the milk and combine until just mixed- it will be lumpy.
- Roll flour mixture into balls and place them into the skillet on top of the berry mixture.
- Place the skillet on medium heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Do not lift the lid!!
- Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.