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Food. Simple Dessert Recipe Summer Pudding, Delicious Fruit Delight with bread or brioche in three easy steps!

Updated on November 10, 2011

Pretty Pudding for Summer Sumptiousness

Summer Pudding showing the luscious Fruity Contents
Summer Pudding showing the luscious Fruity Contents

Making the Mounded Masterpiece!

Once again, as in so many of these rustic British Recipes, the ingredients depend upon what is seasonal and available at the time. The basis of the Summer Pudding is the good old sliced white bread, I expect you could use wholemeal bread but I have never tried it so I can't recommend it, though I expect it would impart a nice nutty flavor.

Suitable fruits for Summer Pudding Are the well loved Summer berries like Raspberries, Strawberries, Gooseberries,and Red, White and Black Currants. Sumptuous Banquets are graced by this pretty dessert dressed up with delicious accompaniments like tiny chocolate cakes and a medley of mixed summer berries set off with the jewel like Red Currants. The puddings can be made in tea cups so are ideal for wedding reception banquets where prettiness is at a premium and a high class delicious dessert can be prepared for hundreds without breaking the bank.

Summer Pudding has been a high point of the English tea time or after dinner delight since late Victorian times as the mild English summer is perfect for growing soft fruit like raspberries and strawberries. The ubiquitous Red Currant is also widely grown in England and gives the Summer Pudding its hint of tartness amongst the sweet berries. As these are rarely seen in the USA, a squeeze of lemon juice is perfect to acquire this hint of sharpness.

The Fruit Compote is formed into a colorful dome by being encased in stale white bread, or better still Brioche, the eggy, slightly sweet French bread. I have discovered that Brioche is easy to make in a standard bread maker and is well worth the effort. What better use for the stale leftover Brioche than a beautiful Summer Pudding. Sadly in our house the Brioche has to be hidden to save any slices otherwise it all gets gobbled up! If you do make it, be warned as it definitely has the ability to disappear spontaneously.

Here is a suggested recipe. As I have mentioned, this pudding lends itself to the use of soft fruits in season and can also be adapted for stone fruits like cherries, plums and apricots etc. The bread or brioche should be stale, ideally two days old, so that juices can soak into the bread still holding its shape, instead of making it soggy. Another point to remember is that the pudding should be prepared the day before it is needed to be served so that the juices can work their magic on the bread.

Ingredients

Summer fruits or prepared Stone Fruits about 2 lbs

Stale White Bread or Brioche, enough to line basin

1 lemon if no red currants are available

A 2 pint pudding basin............plastic wrap or butter to grease the basin if preferred

Third of a cup of sugar..(or more to taste)

Safe pan to cook the acid fruits (not aluminum, copper or brass.

Weight, (can of beans?) and a plate smaller than the top of the pudding basin to compress the pudding.

Method

Prepare fruit by removing stalks and leaves, or pits and stones if using stone fruit.

Gently heat the fruit in a pan with a little water added with the sugar until the fruit begins to burst, just a few minutes should suffice. Leave to cool.

Either grease the pudding bowl with butter or line it carefully with plastic wrap.

Cut up the bread, first removing the crusts, into suitable shapes to line the basin completely. No spaces should be seen as this wlll form the outer shell to hold in the runny contents.

Carefully add the cooled fruit mixture to the basin until almost to the top. Prepare a "lid" for your basin from the stale bread. Cover with a loose layer of plastic wrap and place the slightly smaller plate on top weighted down with a suitable heavy object like a can of beans.

Place in the refrigerator over night until ready to serve.

Remove weight, plastic wrap and plate. Loosen sides with a palette knife if buttered. Place a larger pretty plate on top and invert quickly. Remove plastic wrap if used. Decorate with berries especially red currants. Serve with cream, ice cream or yogurt as preferred. Enjoy!







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    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      You will love it Sunita-Sharma, easy, pretty and delicious. You will look like a master chef! Thanks for coming by!

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      Sunita-Sharma 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles,California,US

      I want to try it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Glad you liked the hub. I think you will like the pudding more! Thanks for dropping by.

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      nikitha p 

      7 years ago from India

      Thanks for this hub, I liked it.

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Why thanks, so pleased you are tempted by this sinfully delicious dessert! Thanks for the rating!

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      Dchosen_01 

      8 years ago

      My Lord and my God! What has this hub done to me? All my gastrointestinal secretions have been stimulated....

      So nice and tempting. For hungry persons like me, this is real 'looking for trouble" Excellent hub, I will give you an excellent rating.

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      This is an awesome dessert, that and Eton Mess are easy and great. Hope you get to enjoy them.

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      katiem2 

      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      What a fantastic change of pace, I adore fruit and these puddings will be perfect for summer gatherings. Can't wait to try them. Thanks and Peace :)

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      So easy to prepare too habee. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      This looks and sounds awesome - the perfect summer dessert!

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      You're so welcome. Thanks for stopping by.Why don't you give it a try?

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      gwennies pen 

      8 years ago

      The food all looks good. Makes me hungry! Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Bon appetit, Joy! This is a good one.

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      Joilene Rasmussen 

      8 years ago from United States

      Like most of your recipes, I'll be trying this.

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      Alexander Silvius 

      8 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      What, no history lesson? This reminds me of a pudding my mother made in Holland, it had a bready texture, could it be the same? Sounds delicious!

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi Zollstock Hope your fruit trees do well. Next year there will be a treat for you. Nice to see you.

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      Zollstock 

      8 years ago from Germany originally, now loving the Pacific NW

      That's what I am talking about! (and I had no idea this was dairy-free). I love brioche, and - due to homesickness bouts you may know yourself - I've got a gooseberry and a red currant bush in my garden now. I am hoping for a good harvest next year, and then Summer Pudding, there I come! Thanks, Gypsy - lovely, as always.

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks for dropping by quicksand, that was the desired efect!

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      quicksand 

      8 years ago

      "Delicious" pictures ... drool!

      :)

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi rb11, glad you approve. Thanks for your comment. Try it, you'll like it!

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      rb11 

      8 years ago from Las Vegas

      Gypsy, not only does this desert look delicious, but the ingredients are nutritious too!

      Regards

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi Jill I'm sure you will enjoy this recipe , thanks for the comment.

      Thanks,Judy!

      Hi Irohner, Have a wonderful time on Saturday. Thanks for dropping by!

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      lrohner 

      8 years ago from USA

      My daughter and I just made plans earlier today to go berry picking at the orchard on Saturday. Now I know what I'll be doing on Sunday! Great hub, Gypsy!

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      Judy 

      8 years ago

      You rock and these look so good.

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      jill of alltrades 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Hmmm...looks and sounds yummy! I love fruits!

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Tis So!!!

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      RVDaniels 

      8 years ago from Athens, GA

      Yummy!

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks, Peggy I appreciate the comment!

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wow...these photos certainly make this look good and with all that summer fruit how could it not be good. Thanks for this visual delight as well as the recipe.

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      It certainly is, thanks for your visit, Not Telling!

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      Not Telling 

      8 years ago from Eastern Nowhere

      Looks and sounds delicious! Thank you

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