Summer Cornmeal Slump with Mango and Blueberry

July 16, 2013
3 Ratings
  • Serves 6-8
Author Notes

I made a slump for the first time a few weeks ago. It was such an easy and delicious dessert; with fresh seasonal fruit in the starring role, cloaked in a light, sweet batter, my son declared that when he turns six next month, he wants a birthday slump instead of cake! That night I adapted Amanda’s Nectarine Slump recipe, subbing mango and blueberries for the nectarines and using gluten free flour mix. Here, I have wedded my version of her slump with spoonbread and the result is a delectable summer dessert that comes together in a pinch (and is gluten free to boot!). Here in Hawaii, we are enjoying a banner mango season – they are beautiful and plentiful at the market – however, if you cannot find mangoes where you live, strawberries would make a different, but equally delicious summer slump. Note: In lieu of finely ground cornmeal or corn flour, you could also whir the medium grind cornmeal in a food processor until it is soft and fine. I like combining the two different grinds for a feather light corn cake with the tiniest bit of crunch and body. —gingerroot

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup blueberries, washed and dried
  • 1 large fragrant, ripe but firm mango, cut into cubes (for a great tutorial on how to hedgehog your mango, head here: http://food52.com/blog...), yield should be about 1 ½ cups OR equal amount of strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest, divided
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for buttering your dish
  • 3/4 cup fine grind gluten free stone-ground cornmeal or corn flour – I used Bob’s Red Mill brand (do not substitute mesa, which is soaked in lime)
  • 2 tablespoons medium grind gluten free stone-ground cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 7 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons crème fraiche
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  1. Preheat your oven to 375° F.
  2. Butter a 9-inch ceramic deep-dish pie plate or similar dish. Gently toss blueberries and mango cubes with 1 T sugar and 1 t lemon zest in dish. Arrange fruit in a mostly single layer.
  3. Melt butter in a bowl in the microwave (about 30 seconds). Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine cornmeals, baking powder, and salt, remaining zest and remaining sugar. Whisk dry ingredients together thoroughly to combine.
  5. Add melted butter to dry ingredients, using a spatula to scrape out the bowl. Fold until combined. Fold in remaining ingredients (buttermilk through maple syrup); making sure each is uniformly mixed into batter before adding the next.
  6. Pour the batter over fruit and bake for 35-38 minutes, or until slump is fragrant, top is golden, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Serve and enjoy slump warm with vanilla ice cream. It occurred to me that if by chance you had any leftovers, it would make a divine and slightly indulgent breakfast (whip cream optional).

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  • Devangi Raval
    Devangi Raval
  • gingerroot
  • Kirsten Lagatree
    Kirsten Lagatree

Recipe by: gingerroot

My most vivid childhood memories have to do with family and food. As a kid, I had the good fortune of having a mom who always encouraged trying new things, and two grandmothers who invited me into their kitchens at a young age. I enjoy cooking for the joy it brings me - sharing food with loved ones - and as a stress release. I turn to it equally during good times and bad. Now that I have two young children, I try to be conscientious about what we cook and eat. Right about the time I joined food52, I planted my first raised bed garden and joined a CSA; between the two I try to cook as sustainably and organically as I can. Although I'm usually cooking alone, my children are my favorite kitchen companions and I love cooking with them. I hope when they are grown they will look back fondly at our time spent in the kitchen, as they teach their loved ones about food-love. Best of all, after years on the mainland for college and graduate school, I get to eat and cook and raise my children in my hometown of Honolulu, HI. When I'm not cooking, I am helping others grow their own organic food or teaching schoolchildren about art.

5 Reviews

Devangi R. July 21, 2013
looks delicious.
gingerroot July 22, 2013
Thanks, PistachioDoughnut! I hope you enjoy it if you give it a try.
Kirsten L. June 27, 2019
I'm about to embark on this interesting and delicious-looking recipe. I plan to substitute sour cream for the creme fraiche. Can I also get away with substituting something else for the medium grind corn meal? I just hate to buy two bags of the nearly same item (corn meal). How about 2 Tbs Almond meal? Or is that just too weird?
Kirsten L. June 27, 2019
Ok -- I made it for friends this afternoon and it was a big hit! The slump is different enough to be unusual, but definitely not weird. I used very coarsely ground meal for the two tablespoon texture addition -- one grind more coarse than the medium grind the recipe calls for. I love chewy textures and so this tiny change was great. Be careful not to over bake the slump. Mine was perfect, but I suspect a few more minutes in the oven might have made the cornmeal mixture too dry. I'll be making this again!
gingerroot June 27, 2019
Thanks for letting me know, Kirsten L.! So glad you gave this a try and enjoyed the results.