With a glut of berries now coming into season, what better way to celebrate, than with a simple summer pudding, referred to many as the king of puddings. If fresh berries are unavailable, we use frozen whole berries at Wickedfood Cooking School.
1kg summer fruits – A mix of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, red and blackcurrants, or any other available berries
1/2 cup water
150g castor sugar
10 slices slightly stale thin white bread, crusts removed
- Check over the fruit and remove all stalks and blemishes.
- Place the water and sugar into a large pan and bring to the boil.
- Add the firmest, most acidic fruits first leaving the strawberries and raspberries until last. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 3-5 minutes. The redcurrant and blackcurrants should begin to burst slightly. Taste the fruit and stir in more castor sugar if necessary.
- Drain the fruit into a large colander and save the juice. Allow the fruit to cool.
- Save half the juice to dip the bread into. Place the remaining juice back into the pan and reduce until slightly syrupy, set aside for the sauce.
- When the fruit is cool, begin to assemble the summer puddings.
- Use 4 large ramekins or teacups.
- Cut 4 of the slices of bread in half and then each half into 4 triangles.
- From the other slices, cut 2 discs from each slice of bread, 1 small for the base and one large for the top of the pudding.
- Dip the bread, a few pieces at a time, into the thinner syrup and line the ramekins or teacups. Place the small circle on the bottom and the triangles around the sides.
- Fill each with a little fruit mix and use the larger circle to top the pudding. Wrap in cling film up and cover . Place onto a tray and when all the puddings are done put another tray on the top with a weight of some kind to press the puddings.
- Chill for at least a couple of hours and serve with the reduced sauce and fresh summer berries.
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