Recipe for summer pudding
It is easy to think that puddings are exclusively for winter time, cheering us up on cold, damp days with some sweet comfort food. Whilst puddings are indeed a great winter treat, the classic English summer pudding is, as its name suggests, just made for eating during the summer months. In today’s blog, we provide a tempting recipe for summer pudding to delight your taste buds and use up any summer fruit gluts and sliced bread at the same time.
Pudding basins at the ready
Aside from the ingredients, there is one key piece of equipment needed for this recipe: a classic one-litre pudding basin. Our Mason Cash 17cm pudding basin is the perfect size for this recipe.
8 slices sliced white bread, with the crusts removed 500g raspberries 250g redcurrants 100g blackcurrants 175g caster sugar
Remove the stalks from the redcurrants and blackcurrants by sliding the tines of a fork along the stalks, letting the fruit fall into a dish. Also remove any stalks from the raspberries, then wash all the fruit.
Place the fruit, along with the sugar, in a pan and heat gently – just long enough for the sugar to dissolve. Turn off the heat and set the pan aside.
Cut one piece of bread to fit the base of the pudding basin and position further slices all around the sides of the bowl. Place each piece slightly overlapping on the previous piece, pressing down firmly to seal the seams. Press the bottom edge of the side pieces down onto the piece at the bottom of the basin. If there are any gaps, fill these with small pieces of bread. The objective is to ensure that the fruit juices cannot escape.
Set aside one cupful of fruit and juice and pour in the rest. Cover the pudding with the remaining bread and place a saucer on top of the pudding. The saucer – or small plate – should fit snugly inside the rim of the basin. Put the bowl in the fridge overnight with something heavy placed on top of the saucer.
When you are ready to serve, go around the edge of the pudding with a knife to loosen it. Turn the pudding onto a serving dish and spoon the remaining fruit and juices over it.
More ideas for pudding basins
If summer pudding is not your thing, why not try a jam sponge pudding or a ginger pudding? Both are lighter than a sticky toffee pudding or a spotted dick pudding, so they are great for summer.