Summer Fruit Pudding Recipe

Published: 23 June 2013
Gloucestershire Summer Fruit Pudding Summer fruit pudding made with local fruit

We thought we would share with you our favourite summer pudding, made with locally-grown fruit. You can vary the amounts of the different types of fruit, according to what you have available, but don't be tempted to use strawberries as they have too high a water content for this pudding.

Ingredients

To make this delicious summer pudding, you will need:

  • 300g Raspberries
  • 250g Blackcurrants
  • 250g Redcurrants
  • 150g Caster Sugar
  • 6/7 slices of white bread (slightly stale), crusts removed.

Method

Summer Fruit Pudding Ingredients Ingredients for Summer Fruit Pudding

Remove any stems from the currants by holding the stems and pushing the fruit off with a fork. Place the fruits and sugar in large saucepan and cook over a moderate heat until the juices begin to run and sugar has dissolved. Take care not to overcook or the fruit will lose its flavour and become mushy. Remove pan from heat.

Using a one litre pudding basin, cut out a circle of bread to fit in the bottom of the basin. Next, line the basin with the slices of bread overlapping them slightly and pressing together. Fill any gaps with small pieces of bread so that the bowl is completely lined and the filling cannot escape.

Using a slotted spoon, fill the basin firstly with the fruit (packing down well), then adding juice to fill. Any remaining fruit and juice should be saved to pour over the pudding before serving. Cover the top with the final slice of bread, trimmed to fit. Find a saucer or small plate that will cover the top and add a weight, such as a can of beans, to keep it all in place. Place in fridge for 24 hours. (This stage is important as during this time the fruit juices mingle together and seep into the bread.)

Just before serving, remove saucer and carefully loosen the pudding using a pallette knife. Turn upside onto a large serving plate. Pour over the reserved fruit and juices to cover any patches of white bread.

Cut into slices and serve your Gloucestershire Summer Pudding with cream or yoghurt.

You can find Gloucestershire-based PYO fruit farms and farm shops here

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