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Blueberry Grunt

We’ve all heard of cobblers, crisps, and crumbles. But when is the last time you’ve heard of a grunt? Blueberry Grunt is an easy way to take fresh blueberries to a whole new level of deliciousness with cooked sweet dumplings piled on the top. Novia Scotia never tasted better!

A small white bowl filled with Blueberry Grunt along with a spoon and some fresh strawberries.

A while back we took a cruise to Canada. It was a wonderful trip, and one I’ll always look back on with fond memories.

Especially because I came home with this fabulous recipe for Peggy’s Cove Blueberry Grunt. Find out more about this recipe below…

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Peggy’s Cove Blueberry Grunt is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe. 

This recipe was originally shared in 2013. This post has been updated with additional information, including a recipe card complete with nutritional information, but the recipe itself has remained unchanged.


A triple photo collage of how to make Blueberry Grunt in a skillet on the stovetop.

The ingredients:

  • fresh blueberries
  • sugar
  • water
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • cornstarch
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • heavy cream
  • confectioner’s sugar
  • ice cream (optional)

Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

  • measuring cups and spoons
  • large skillet
  • wooden spoon
  • large mixing bowl
  • nutmeg grater
  • aluminum foil

How this recipe came to be:

One of my fondest memories of that vacation was our excursion to Peggy’s Cove in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in particular our tour bus guide named Ellen.

She was a complete hoot, being so fun and friendly and sharing her stories that make you want to move right to Nova Scotia and never look back.

At the end of our tour, Ellen handed us each a recipe card for her world-famous blueberry grunt.

I stuck it in my purse and promised myself that one day I’d make her grunt (that sounds weird), and post it to my blog.


How to make blueberry grunt:

  • Place all the filling ingredients into a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Cook until the berries are soft and juicy.
  • Meanwhile, make the dumpling dough and drop random amounts all over the surface of the blueberries.
  • Cover the pan with foil and continue to cook (no peaking) for approximately 20 minutes, or until the dough has been cooked through and is lightly golden in color.
  • Cool slightly and then spoon the blueberry grunt into bowls and top with confectioners sugar, or ice cream (not shown), if desired.

Additional fruit dessert recipes:

*Traditional Cherry Cheesecake (shown below)

An offset horizontal photo of a Traditional Cherry Cheesecake on a glass cake stand with a cake server and a red napkin.

*Easy Peach Crostata (not shown)

*Strawberry Apple Pie (not shown)

*Lemon Ricotta Cake with Blueberries (shown below)

A slice of lemon ricotta cake on pretty plates with a whole cake in the background along with fresh blueberries and lemons

*Peggy’s Cove Blueberry Grunt (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

I strongly urge you to try this recipe for blueberry grunt when fresh blueberries are in season.

It was a complete hit with my family and was the perfect start to our backyard summer of fun and food. It was BERRY delicious!

A vertical photo collage of a Blueberry Grunt in a skillet and a bowl for serving along with a title text overlay graphic.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s delicious blueberry skillet dessert.

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. Thank you. 🙂


Renee – Kudos Kitchen
Blueberry Grunt is an easy way to take fresh blueberries to a whole new level of deliciousness with cooked sweet dumplings piled on the top. Novia Scotia never tasted better!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert, fruit dessert
Cuisine Canadian, Comfort Food
Servings 6 servings
Calories 388 kcal


For the fruit:

  • 4 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water

For the sweet dumplings:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream you may need a little more or less depending on the humidity in the air.
  • confectioners sugar optional


  • -In a wide large skillet over medium-high heat, boil the first five filling ingredients until the berries pop and the filling is nice and juicy.
  • -Reduce the heat to low.
  • -In a small bowl or cup, mix the corn starch and water.
  • -Add the starch mixture to the blueberries and stir over low heat until the mixture thickens slightly. Turn off the heat.
  • -Meanwhile, in a medium bowl using your hands or a pastry blender, mix all of the dumpling ingredients, adding cream by tablespoons until you reach the consistency of a soft, not crumbly dough.
  • -Drop the dough by spoon fulls on top of the hot blueberries.
  • -Cover tightly (do not peak) and cook over medium heat for approximately 15-20 minutes until the dumplings have cooked through and browned ever so slightly.
  • -Allow it to cool slightly.
  • -Serve warm with ice cream or a dusting of powdered sugar.
  • -Enjoy 🙂


Serving: 1servingCalories: 388kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 5gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 207mgPotassium: 339mgFiber: 4gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 346IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 117mgIron: 2mg
Keyword blueberry grunt, fruit skillet dessert, skillet dessert
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Recipe Rating


Monday 15th of February 2021

This was DELICIOUS! I will definitely be making it again!


Monday 15th of February 2021

So glad to hear it, Gina. Thanks so much for letting me know :)


Sunday 14th of February 2021

This was delicious! Can't wait to make it again soon!

Anne @ Webicurean

Sunday 9th of June 2013

Love the pictures of your trip! Now I can't wait to try the grunt!

Sunithi Selvaraj, RD

Saturday 8th of June 2013

Yummy ! This sounds so interesting. I must try it !!

Cindys Recipes and Writings

Thursday 6th of June 2013

That's wonderful, Renee you never know where you'll get a great recipe!