Blueberry Dumplings

2 cups sifted all purpose flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. sugar
3 tbsp. cold butter or vegetable shortening
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup blueberries (or any other fruit)

In a large saucepan, bring 2 quarts of water to a boil.
Add 2 tablespoons of salt to the water.

Sift together flour, salt, sugar and baking powder.
Cut butter into chunks and work into flour using a pastry blender or two butter knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with pea-sized chunks.

Stir in milk, enough to make a stiff dough. Stir in blueberries or fruit.

Drop mixture by the tablespoon into rapidly boiling water.
Cover and cook for about 12 minutes or until centers are cooked through – larger dumplings will take longer.

Remove using a slotted spoon and drain well. Serve with vanilla pudding, ice cream or Cool Whip.

Note: If you have a steamer, the dumplings can be prepared in the steamer; this will take 40-50 minutes but the dumplings will plump better.

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