Oven-baked Blueberry Grunt
Blueberries take centre stage this month. A delicious and versatile fruit, the wild blueberry has significant health benefits and is available now fresh in Farmers’ Markets across the province. Or swing by the Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival for u-picks, pie eating contests, blueberry wine and entertainment.
Looking for a 5-minute dessert to please family and friends? Try this Oven-baked Blueberry Grunt by Chef Kim Stacey of Emma’s Eatery.
|4 cups||Nova Scotia blueberries|
|1 tbsp||butter, room temperature|
|1 tbsp||shortening, room temperature|
|2 tbsp||baking powder|
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Spread 4 cups of fresh blueberries evenly across the bottom of the casserole dish and pour 1 cup of sugar over the blueberries.
- In a small mixing bowl cream the butter, shortening and 1/4 cup of sugar together, then add the 1 cup of milk and 1 egg and mix well to combine.
- In a separate medium-sized mixing bowl, mix together 2 cups flour, 2 tbsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt. Stir until combined.
- Add wet mixture to the flour mixture and stir or mix until you have a smooth and thick dumpling mixture (like biscuit dough).
- Scoop heaping spoonfuls of dumplings and place on top of the blueberries in the dish. It will be about 9 spoonfuls so try 3 rows of 3.
- Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until the dumplings are fully cooked and start to brown on top.
- Let cool for approximately 15 minutes then top each portion with crème Anglaise, whipping cream or ice cream and serve.
Wild Blueberry Facts:
– Nova Scotia’s Provincial Berry is the Wild Blueberry
– Total wild blueberry acreage is estimated at 40,000 acres with approximately 20,000 acres in production annually
– Harvesting of wild blueberries begins in early August and continues until late September
– An estimated 97% of the wild blueberry crop is processed as IQF (individually quickly frozen) berries, available year-round, and 3% as fresh berries available during August and September
– Nova Scotia’s provincial production is between 30-40 million pounds annually
– Oxford, Nova Scotia is the Wild Blueberry Capital of Canada
– The wild blueberry is the number one fruit crop in acreage export sales and value