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English Summer Pudding

Anyone have any experience with this dish - have you made it? eaten it?

If you don't know, it is like a bread pudding with different types of berries. There are a bunch of berries coming into season and I was thinking about taking a stab at making this.

If I do, I'll report back on how it was, etc.
Hi JaDo,

This is one recipe we use at home, give it a try and let me know.

Cook Time: 10 min Yield: 6 to 8 servings :001_smile


1 X loaf homemade style white bread, such as challah or brioche, crusts removed.

6 to 8 cups assorted summer fruit, such as: blueberries, strawberries, red currants, black currants, red or golden raspberries, and/or small plums, rinsed well and drained, large fruit (strawberries/plums) halved and quarters

1/2 to 1 cup sugar, depending on sweetness of fruit, plus 1/4 cup

2 tablespoons ruby port or brandy

1 pint heavy cream


Line a large bowl (about 6 to 8 cup capacity) with plastic wrap. Cut the bread into diagonal halves and arrange them, puzzle-like, into the bottom and up the sides of the bowl.
In a large saucepan, heat the fruit, sweetening sugar and port and cook until the fruit is tender and beginning to burst, but still holds its shape, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Using a slotted spoon, spoon the fruit into the bread-lined bowl, and spoon most of the juices over the fruit. Reserve the remaining cooking juices.
Top the fruit with a flat layer of the remaining bread, so that the fruit is completely covered. Cover with the plastic wrap and place a plate over the top. Add 2 heavy cans or a 2-pound weight to the plate and let sit at least 8 hours, or overnight, refrigerated.
In a large bowl, whip the cream until soft peaks just begin to form. Add the 1/4-cup sugar and whip until almost stiff.
To serve, remove the weights and plate and unwrap. Place a large serving plate on top of the bowl and gently invert. Shake gently to release the pudding onto the plate and remove the plastic wrap. Spoon the reserved fruit juices over the top and serve with sweetened whipped cream. :thumbup:
Ordinary white sliced bread is also fine, actually slightly stale is better.

Nothing I would add except I have also made this pudding in individual ramekin's which works well, if the fruit is good it can't be beat with a nice chantilly cream.
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