Newfoundland Blueberry Duff Recipe

Even though Canada is one country, different provinces, and even different regions within each province, have their own special dishes they enjoy. There are so many interesting and delicious dishes we don’t have an opportunity to experience unless we travel to, or know someone from, different regions. 

Blueberry Duff is a Newfoundland dish that is eaten as a side with what is known there as boiled dinner. Boiled dinner would be similar to what some others would know as a chicken or turkey dinner.

As you read the recipe and prepare it, you may think it is meant to be dessert, but it’s not! It goes right on the plate with your chicken, potatoes, stuffing, carrots, gravy, cranberry, and this blueberry duff! It is almost like a cake, but you eat it with bites of your chicken dinner! Some Newfoundlanders even pour their gravy right over this dish, though not all prefer it that way. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it!

Newfoundland Blueberry Duff

Course Dinner, Side Dish


  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp. baking powder
  • 4 tbsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup blueberries


  • Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl (flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt).
  • Cut in the butter.
  • Add 1 cup of water and mix.
  • Fold in the blueberries.
  • Pour into a greased square pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.












Let us know if you’ve had Blueberry Duff before or if you try this recipe! We would also love to know what dishes are original to your location. Even better, send us the recipe, and we will feature it!

Here’s a recipe how-to video with Bonita’s Kitchen, straight from Newfoundland. This method boils the mixture and has slightly different ingredients, so try both of these recipes and let us know on social media which one is your favourite! You may also like to drizzle your Duff with the caramel sauce used in this video!


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