If you are growing blackberries in your garden, you can wait until they are ripe and use them in a blackberry dumpling recipe. Blackberry dumplings are a Southern and Cajun specialty that is often served as a dessert. The main cooking that takes place in the recipe is simply making dumplings and the adding the blackberries. You can also make the blackberry dumplings an even more filling dessert by adding ice cream on top or to the side of the dumplings.
Pick your blackberries when they are ripe and gather 1 quart of blackberries into a container. Wash the berries thoroughly under cool water and then let them dry on a paper towel or paper plate.
Start making your dumplings by adding 2 cups of self-rising flour, 2 tbsp. of butter and a 1/3 cup milk to a large bowl. Stir the mixture well and then knead the dough in the bowl. Roll out the dough and cut the dough into 1-inch squares using a knife.
Pour 4 cups of water into a large pot and bring the water to a boil. Add the 1 quart of blackberries to the large pot. Add 1 to 2 cups of sugar to a desired taste. Boil the berries for no longer than 10 minutes, and then drain the berries in a strainer.
Put the blackberries back into the large pot and bring the water back to a boil. Add the dumplings to the large pot and reduce the heat to simmer. Continue cooking for 15 minutes and stir occasionally.
Add 1 tbsp. of butter and stir the mixture. Pour the mixture in a strainer and drain one more time. Serve hot and add ice cream to the side if desired.