4 tablespoons melted butter 1 cup whole milk
2 large whole eggs, well beaten
3-1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla
3-1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
4 cups bottled water
1-1/2 quarts blackberries
Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

In a medium-size mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter, the milk, the eggs, 1 cup of sugar, and the vanilla.

At the same time, in a separate bowl combine the flour and the baking powder.

Then add the dry ingredients to the liquid ingredients and stir. But do not over-mix.

When the dumpling batter is ready, combine the water, 2-1/2 cups sugar, and the blackberries in a large skillet.

Then cook the fruit over a medium heat until the mixture thickens.

Finally, drop the dumpling batter by heaping teaspoonfuls into the blackberry sauce mixture in the skillet and cook them until they rise.

Simply test them with a fork to see if they are done (when a fork inserted into the dumplings come out clean, remove them from the skillet and continue with the remaining batter).

Serve these Cajun blackberry dumplings warm right out of the skillet with the blackberry sauce mixture ladled over them.

Top each dish with rich dollops of whipped cream or ice cream.