The Food Corner


by Paul Cormier, Salamanders of Kemptville

Last week, I gave you the recipe for Maple Johnny Cake. Today’s recipe is another one that is part of Nova Scotia folklore. Blueberry Grunt is another satisfying winter comfort food that doesn’t contribute to tilting the weight scale. Blueberries are readily available, sometimes fresh in quart containers or frozen. Either works just fine. This is another  recipe that is very easy to make.  

Blueberry Grunt


  • 1 quart basket of fresh blueberries (if available) or 4 cups of frozen 
  • ½ cup of white granulated sugar + 1 teaspoon 
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of butter (salted or unsalted) 
  • 1 tablespoon of shortening
  • ½ cup of milk 


  1. Bring the blueberries, water, sugar and lemon juice to a boil in a pot you can cover.
  2. Cook until there is plenty of juice, then lower the heat.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda and 1 teaspoon of sugar in a bowl.
  4. Cut in the butter and shortening and add enough milk to make a biscuit dough.
  5. Drop spoonfuls of the dough lightly onto the hot blueberries.
  6. Cover and let bake till the dough is firm. 

Serve your Blueberry Grunt hot from the pot with some Earl Grey Tea or a robust coffee. You can either treat it as a dessert or as a warm-up snack from a winter activity. 

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