Delicious GF Blackberry Grunt




Ah summer.... In my part of the world (West Coast Canada) that means BLACKBERRIES and there is nothing better than a dessert made from fresh blackberries - mmmmmm!!! Now I'm a crumble fan. Always have been. Since moving to Canada I've read articles on how there are a whole range of these delicious desserts - crumbles, cobblers, crisps and grunts. I'd never heard of a grunt before so I decided to investigate further!

A quick Google search told me that a grunt is different from the other desserts mentioned in that it is cooked on the stove top. Intrigued, I found a recipe and tried it out. The recipe that follows is my version! It is gluten free, and made with organic ingredients. The blackberries are wild and fresh - while they are not certified organic they certainly fit the bill!

Read on to become a grunt covert!

Note: My gluten free option makes smaller dumplings (but oh so delicious!) than its gluten inclusive brother - you may want to double the dumpling ingredients if you are a lover of dumplings!

Step 1: What You Need

Blackberries - about 4 cups

Sugar - 1 cup

Flour - 3/4 cup. I used an organic blend of rice/potato/pea/tapioca

Baking powder - 3/4 teaspoon

Butter - 2 tablespoons

Milk - 1/3 cup

Water - 2 tablespoons

Cinnamon - 1/4 teaspoon

Lemon Juice - 2 tablespoons





Heavy bottomed straight sided pan

Step 2: Collecting Your Berries

This is the second best part of the whole process!

1. Dress appropriately - blackberries are prickly customers. you will need covered shoes, a close fitting top and perferrably jeans.

2. Gather your tools - you'll need small buckets for sure ( too big and the ones on the bottom will get squashed), gloves if you think they will help and a long arm grabber if you have one - or a stick to hook berry laden vines closer. Make sure you take water and food - berry picking can be thirsty work and you do (believe me!) get sick of blackberries....

3. Find yourself a blackberry patch - preferrably one away from roads and other people - and get to it. Gently roll the berries off with two fingers and thumb to avoid squeezing and bruising the fruit too much.

4. Try not to eat too many...

Step 3: Preparing Your Grunt Ingredients

1. Wash your berries, drain them well - make sure to get any leaves, sticks or other debris (or critters) out - and set aside.

2. Stir together 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.

3. Stand the milk till it is room temperature.

4. Melt butter and let it cool (but not solidify)

5. Whisk together flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, the baking powder and a pinch of salt in a medium bowl.

6. Stir together milk and butter in a small bowl. Stir milk mixture into the flour mixture carefully to make a batter. Set aside.

7. Pour the remaining 3/4 cup sugar, lemon juice a pinch of salt, a pinch of cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons water over the blackberries in a large bowl and fold gently together.

Step 4: Make a Grunt



1. Transfer the berry mixture to a large straight-sided frypan or skillet. I buttered mine first and had no stickage. Cover it, and bring the fruit to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.

2. Spoon dollops of batter on top of berry mixture using 2 spoons, spacing them evenly.

3. Sprinkle dumplings with the cinnamon-sugar mix. Cover and reduce to a medium heat.

4. Cook for about 15 mins until the dumplings are cooked through and juices are bubbling - don't lift the lid till then or you will let out all the steamy goodness!

Step 5: MmmMMM!!!

Serve hot or warm right out of the pan. You can top it with cream or ice cream - either was it is delicious!

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    11 Discussions


    9 months ago

    First of all, frozen blackberries taste…OH so good. Second, what’s the grunt’s texture?

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    Reply 9 months ago

    The blackberries tend to cook down to a thick kind of jam/sauce, and the dumplings are kinda like sweet scones (or biscuits depending on your vernacular!) or doughnuts. will depend on the flour you use :)


    9 months ago

    Ripe blackberries will come off the vine easily. If you have to tug and twist the berry is not ripe and is sour!

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    Reply 9 months ago

    Thats the I like them - just roll off in your hand. My husband prefers a little more bite :)


    9 months ago on Step 5

    Made this with real flour and blueberries was ok.


    9 months ago

    You had me at "blackberry!" Thanx for sharing, can't wait to try this. I remember gathering wild blackberries in an abandoned orchard eons ago. Unfortunately, I will have to start growing my own.


    9 months ago

    Definitely interested in cooking a grunt.


    10 months ago

    Looks delicious! We lived in Washington state and I loved picking blackberries for jam and desserts.

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    10 months ago

    Interesting!! I'll try this!