Nanny’s Old Fashioned Blackberries and Biscuits

Y’all I have something special to share with you. This old fashioned blackberries and biscuits is a dish my grandmother (Nanny) would make for breakfast during blackberry season. Back in those days, you couldn’t find berries in the store year round like you do now. Honestly, I don’t even know if berries were sold in stores back then. You had to go out and pick them yourself. That’s why this was a special treat because it only came around once a year. When the blackberries ripened we would be out picking. Oh how I remember those briar bushes scratching my hands and arms.

Making this dish for breakfast this morning brought back so many memories. It was always one of my favorite meals growing up. That’s why I wanted to share it with y’all!

Fresh blackberries are made into a syrup type sauce and served over fresh buttermilk biscuits. It is truly delicious and I hope you’ll give it a try sometime.

When I was thinking of making this, I couldn’t think of what this dish is really called. I saw one recipe that was labeled stewed blackberries and biscuits. I believe we always just called it blackberries and biscuits. Did you ever have this growing up? If so, what did you call it? I would love to know.

So here’s how to make it……….


  • 12 oz or 2 cups Fresh Blackberries
  • 1/2 c Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 c Water
  • 2 tsp Cornstarch
  • 1/2 tbs Butter
  • Fresh Buttermilk Biscuits –Β click here for biscuit recipe
I usually get my biscuits into the oven then work on the blackberries.
Add blackberries to a sauce pan.
Add sugar to the berries along with the lemon juice.
Add cornstarch to water and whisk to combine. Add to the blackberry mixture.
Heat over medium heat and bring to a simmer.
Allow to simmer for 10 minutes until it thickens. The liquid will look cloudy but will become a rich berry color once it thickens. Add the butter during the last 2 minutes of cooking and stir until melted to incorporate.
Serve spooned over fresh baked biscuits.
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  • Reply
    laura sampson
    May 12, 2017 at 6:30 am

    I WISH we had blackberries up here! I would love to be able to pick them–we do have raspberry but it's not the same.
    I don't remember ANY berries besides some strawberries being sold in stores when I was kid. Of course that was Alaska in the 70s so….not the best person to answer your question. Ha!

  • Reply
    Marsha Baker
    May 14, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    This looks and sounds delightful. I love blackberries!!

    • Reply
      May 14, 2017 at 11:47 pm

      It was always such a wonderful treat!

  • Reply
    Beverly Dellapina
    May 15, 2017 at 4:13 am

    I'm not a big blackberry fan–my favorite berries are black raspberries–but the picture made my mouth water. I think I have to make this!

    • Reply
      May 16, 2017 at 1:34 am

      I love black raspberries too! This dish is from my childhood and blackberries were everywhere for the picking.

  • Reply
    Miz Helen
    May 16, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    What a very special treat! Hope you are having a fantastic week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. We will look forward to seeing you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

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    Kayleigh | Whisks and Wooden Spoons
    May 17, 2017 at 12:03 am

    That looks SO good!

    • Reply
      May 17, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      Thank you πŸ™‚

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