If you’re a fan of blackberry desserts, then you simply have to try these Southern Blackberry Dumplings—they just might be the best blackberry recipe ever! Picture warm, tender dumplings in a sweet, syrupy blackberry sauce. It’s a classic Southern dessert that’s easy to make and oh-so-delicious.

If you’re a fan of blackberry desserts, also try this blackberry cobbler, these frosted blackberry lemon cookies and these blackberry hand pies.

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How to Make Blackberry Dumplings

These blackberry dumplings are such a treat, and best of all they’re so easy to make even in large batches. Here’s how to make them:  

  1. Combine the ingredients. Place the blackberries, water, sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice to a pot and stir to combine.
    Reducing Blackberry Sauce
  2. Boil. Bring to a boil over medium heat then reduce the heat to low.
  3. Make the dumplings. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and pinch of salt to a bowl and mix to combine. Add the cold butter.
  4. Combine using a pastry blender. Combine butter with dry ingredients until it resembles course cornmeal. Add the milk and mix to combine.
    Chopping Butter
  5. Add the filling. Drop 1 teaspoon dough into the sauce, working as quickly as you can.
  6. Cook. Cover with a lid and cook on low heat for 15-20 minutes. Do not stir!
  7. Serve. Serve with ice cream.

How Long Do Blackberry Dumplings Last in the Refrigerator?

Blackberry dumplings can last for 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator when stored properly in an airtight container. The secret is to allow the dumplings to cool down completely before putting them in the fridge. This prevents condensation from forming, and it also keeps the pastry from getting soggy.

Blackberry Dumplings

Freezing uncooked dumplings is another great way to extend the lifespan of these tasty treats. Simply place them in a freezer-safe bag or airtight container and pop them in the freezer for later. When you’re ready to eat them, simply cook them up as you normally would.

Homemade Blackberry Dumplings

What to Serve with Blackberry Dumplings

Southern Blackberry Dumplings

This classic southern blackberry dumplings recipe combines a tart & sweet homemade blackberry sauce with perfectly fluffy dumplings for a refreshing, but comforting summer dessert.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

For the Sauce

  • 1 pound fresh blackberries
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ lemon zested and juiced

For the Dumplings

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup butter cold
  • ¼ cup milk

Instructions 

  • Place the blackberries, water, sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice to a pot and stir to combine.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Reduce the heat to low.
  • To make the dumplings, add the flour, sugar, baking powder and pinch of salt to a bowl and mix to combine.
  • Add the cold butter.
  • Using a pastry blender combine butter with dry ingredients until it resembles course cornmeal.
  • Add the milk and mix to combine.
  • Drop 1 teaspoon dough into the sauce working as quickly as you can.
  • Cover with a lid and cook on low heat for 15-20 minutes. Do not stir!
  • Serve with ice cream.

Notes

Tips for Making Better Homemade Dumplings
  • Choose the right flour. When it comes to dumplings, all-purpose flour is your best friend. It’s inexpensive, easy to find, and will give you light and fluffy dumplings every time. If you want to get a little fancy, you can use a combination of all-purpose flour and semolina flour for a slightly denser dumpling.
  • Don’t overmix or overknead the dough. The key to light and fluffy dumplings is to not overmix the dough. Once the ingredients are combined, mix just until everything is incorporated. Overmixing will result in tough dumplings that will be difficult to roll out.
  • Use cold butter. Another key to light and fluffy dumplings is to use cold butter when mixing the dough. This will help it keep its structure.
  • Measure the dough out evenly. Use a biscuit cutter, knife, or spoon to portion out the dough. This will ensure that all of your dumplings are uniform in size and shape, which will help them cook evenly.
  • Cook immediately or freeze for later.  Once your dumplings are prepped, you can cook them immediately or freeze them for later. The quality will start to decline once stored in the refrigerator too long, so it’s best to cook immediately or freeze them immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 532kcalCarbohydrates: 76gProtein: 6gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 299mgPotassium: 248mgFiber: 7gSugar: 47gVitamin A: 976IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 124mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Emma Kelly

Lover of smoosh faced dogs, cooking (of all kinds), spending as much time as I can in the garden (especially with homegrown veg and cut flowers), and diy’ing everything! Make sure to follow me on Pinterest for more easy meals, (mostly) healthy desserts and crave-worthy snacks. Learn more about me here.

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  1. I’m going Barry picking tomorrow. I’ve never had blackberry dumplings, but we’re gonna have some. I’ll let you know how they were.