I can hear you asking, "What the heck is slump?" A funny name for sure.
Well, slump is much like cobbler but better suited to our Autumn weather. Autumn is a season well known for having the warm to hot days of Summer with some cooler days thrown in as we transition into Winter (my favourite season by the way).
Cobbler requires you firing up the oven and heating up the house as you do so. But slump is made on the stovetop. On a day when you feel like a comforting dessert but don't want to heat up the house doing it, slump is your thing.
And slump can be tweak and adapted to suit a number of chemo and cancer treatment side effects. Slump is much kinder on a sore, dry mouth and makes for easy chewing.
You will fall in love with slump!
Centre For Cancer Nutrition
The difference between cobbler and slump is that cobbler is cooked in the oven and slump on the stovetop. This makes it a great dessert when the weather is still hot and you don't want yo heat up the kitchen by having the oven on.
Plus, slump is much kinder on a sore, dry mouth and makes for easy chewing. You will fall in love with slump!
- 1 cup plain flour
1½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar, optional
28g butter, cut into small cubes
⅓ cup full cream milk
- 3 cups fresh or frozen blackberries (if using frozen, defrost & drain first)
¼ cup sugar (or less depending on desired sweetness)
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
To make the dumplings, add flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar to a medium bowl and whisk. With clean hands, rub the butter into the flour until it looks like coarse crumbs. Add the milk and stir. Alternatively, add all dumpling ingredients to a food processor and pulse until a ball forms. The flour shouldn't be overly moist. Gently form into a ball and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, add blackberries, sugar, water, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Bring to the boil while stirring occasionally.
While the berries are boiling, drop in spoon sized balls of dumpling dough on top of the blackberries. You'll get six dumplings for this quantity of dough. Pop the lid on and simmer for 25 minutes. Resist the urge to take the lid off. Serve by placing dumplings in a bowl with the blackberry mixture spooned over the top.
- Alexandra Stewart