Blackberry Dumplings

Course : Dumplings
Serves: 6 - 8
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1 Quart fresh or frozen blackberries
1 Cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar -- divided
3/4 Teaspoon lemon extract
1 1/2 Cups flour
2 Teaspoons baking powder
1/4 Teaspoon ground nutmeg
2/3 Cup milk
1 pint cream or whipped cream -- (optional)

Preparation / Directions:

In a Dutch oven, combine the blackberries, 1 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and lemon extract. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Meanwhile in a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder nutmeg and remaining sugar and salt. Add milk; stir just until mixed. (Dough will be very thick) Drop by tablespoonfuls into 6 mounds onto hot blackberry mixture; cover tightly and simmer for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in a dumpling comes out clean. Spoon into serving dishes. Serve with cream or whipped cream if desired.

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