This dessert is a great example of how dumb I was as a child. I hated blueberries growing up. Maybe it was the sad blandness of cooked frozen blueberries in mediocre pancakes and muffins. Or maybe I never had a really good fresh blueberry before. Either way, until recently blueberries were avoided. I thought they were flavorless at best, overly soft and too sweet at worst. But like with so many other things (onions, sushi, girls) I was very, very wrong. Blueberries are amazing! Top quality blueberries are easily my favorite fruit, they’re tart with a hint of sweetness and a strangely rewarding texture. They’re also a “superfood” which yeah, I do care about… Anyway, I love blueberries now and wanted to incorporate them in an end of summer dessert recipe.
Apparently my grandfather also loves blueberries, and requested a blueberry-based dessert for his 85th birthday. His party was in Connecticut, and sadly I could not attend, but when I talked to my brother that day about what he was making for our grandpa, he told me “blueberry slop”. WTF is a slop? I had never heard of such a thing but despite the name I assumed it was delicious. After some light internet research and a few convos with my brother, who is a much better cook than I, I came up with this supremely easy recipe below.
The concept is easy. Break down the skins and tissue of some fruit (could be any fruit) in heat with sugar-water, and then top with a sturdy biscuit batter that will soak up the delicious syrup. You can get really creative with this type of template. I was tempted to add Grand Marnier to my rendition but forgot to grab some at the store. I added a fair amount of citrus to my grunt (same thing as a slop but better sounding), but also supplemented my blueberries with blackberries. Why? I don’t know, but it turned out to be an excellent decision. The blackberries didn’t fully explode like the blueberries did, and actually absorbed a lot of the blueberry juice. So I ended up with these delicious morsels of macerated blackberry soaked in blueberry and orange juice. Yum.
This dessert speaks for itself. I know summer is almost over but this is a super satisfying way to hold on to those dog days.