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Summer Pudding full of berries with a slice taken.
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Summer Pudding

Quick and easy to make, Summer Pudding is at its best with fresh strawberries and raspberries.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Settling Time12 hrs
Total Time12 hrs 23 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: dessert, entertaining, summer fruit
Servings: 6 servings
Author: [email protected] Cooks

Ingredients

  • 5-6 slices bread, from a large unsliced white loaf
  • 400 g strawberries
  • 350 g raspberries
  • 250 g redcurrants and/or blackcurrants fresh or frozen - see note
  • 150 g caster sugar

Equipment

1-litre/2-pint pudding basin
Saucer or plate to just fit inside the basin
2kg weight - any heavy item is fine

Instructions

  • Wash the fresh fruit and cut the strawberries into halves or quarters, depending on size
  • Put a saucepan on a MEDIUM LOW setting and heat the strawberries and sugar for about 3 minutes. Add the raspberries and currants for 2-3 minutes to warm through, draining first if frozen
    You are not aiming to cook the fruit, just start to soften it and get the juice starting to run
  • Slice the bread and remove the crusts
  • Cut one slice of bread to fit on the bottom of the pudding basin, slightly coming up the sides. Arrange the bread slices to line the sides of the basin, overlapping slightly and filling in any gaps
  • Strain the fruit and spoon into the bread-lined basin. Add the juice, keeping about 150ml back
  • Make a lid for the pudding with a slice of bread
    It's okay if it's just above the rim of the basin
  • Place a small plate or saucer that just fits inside the bowl on top and add a 2kg weight. Use anything heavy, e.g. weights from scales or a (clean) stone
  • Leave in the fridge overnight.

To serve:

  • Loosen around the edges with a palette knife. Place the serving dish upside down on the basin and then turn the right way up
  • Use the reserved juice to cover any white patches left on the bread
  • Decorate with fresh fruit if desired
  • Serve with cream or ice cream.

Notes

Ingredients Notes:

  • Frozen currants need no preparation, just defrosting