Summer Pudding recipe

Summer Pudding recipe with redcurrants, raspberries and strawberries
Traditional English Summer Pudding

Summer Pudding recipe

This Summer Pudding recipe is an English classic.   Like many old-fashioned English recipes, it was developed to make use of stale bread in times when there was an imperative not to waste food and products had a shorter shelf-life due to lack of preservatives.   In the winter, Bread and Butter Pudding, was a popular way to use up bread that was past its best and in July and August,  when berries were in season, Summer Pudding was the answer!

Slices of bread, dipped in berry-flavoured syrup, are used to encase a mixture of summer berries.   One of the great things about this Summer Pudding recipe is that it can be adapted to the ingredients that you have available.  You can use any berries that are in season but make sure that you include some currants – either redcurrants or blackcurrants – as they are needed to produce the flavourful syrup.

Summer Pudding recipe
Fresh berries

Summer Pudding recipe

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Summer Pudding recipe with redcurrants, raspberries and strawberries

Summer Pudding recipe

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: for 6 people 1x
  • Category: Pudding
  • Cuisine: English

Description

An easy to make, no-cook,  traditional English bread pudding recipe using fresh seasonal berries.


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Ingredients

  • 1 kilo mixed fresh berries (NB: the mix should include some currants but otherwise use whatever you have available from: redcurrants, blackcurrants, raspberries, loganberries, tayberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries etc)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 170 g caster sugar
  • 6 slices of white bread (crusts removed)
Summer Pudding recipe
Fresh berries

Instructions

  1. Place the currants in a saucepan together with the water and sugar. Heat until the currants have softened.  This will take about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the other berries to the saucepan with the currants and stir to combine.
  3. Use a sieve to separate the berries from the juice.
  4. Take a sheet of cling film and use it to line the inside of a small pudding basin.    This will make it easier to get the pudding out of the basin!
  5. Dip the slices of bread in the juice and use it to line the bottom and sides of the small pudding basin. You can fill in any gaps with small pieces of juice-dipped bread.
  6. Pour the berries into the bread-lined pudding basin.
  7. Cover the top of the basin with juice-dipped bread to enclose the berry mixture.
  8. Put a piece of cling film loosely over the top of the pudding basin. Put a small saucer on top of it and use something heavy (a can of beans is perfect!) to weigh it down.
  9. Leave the pudding basin in the fridge overnight.
  10. When you are ready to serve, remove the cling film from the top of the pudding basin.  Invert the basin onto a plate. Give it a sharp shake and remove the basin leaving the pudding on the plate.   Take off the cling film that you used to line the basin.
  11. Serve chilled.   Whipped cream is a good accompaniment.
Summer Pudding recipe
Summer Pudding

Notes

  • Use whatever berries are available but make sure you include some redcurrants or blackcurrants as you need these to make the flavoured syrup.
  • You need to make this recipe a day in advance of when you wish to eat it as it needs to be kept in the fridge overnight to ensure that it stays in shape when turned out.
  • This is a vegan recipe.

Keywords: summer pudding, english, berries, strawberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants

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Pretty in pink – Rose and Raspberry Pavlova

Rose and Raspberry Pavlova

Get in touch with your girly side with this pretty-in-pink Raspberry Pavlova.   Sometimes, even the least girly of us (and I include myself in that description) feel  a need to embrace pink.  If you feel a girly mood coming on, this Raspberry Pavlova, with delicate pink rose-flavoured meringue could be the answer!

Raspberry and rose is a classic flavour combination.  In this Pavlova, the meringue is flavoured with rosewater and topped with whipped cream and fresh raspberries.   The slightly sharp flavour of the raspberries is an excellent contrast with the sweetly floral meringue.

Pavlova is my go-to dessert for celebrations of all kinds.  It is very easy to make, can be prepared in advance,  looks impressive and is not too heavy so is perfect as a summer dessert.    If you like the recipe for this Raspberry Pavlova, you may also like my classic Pavlova , my Rose Meringues and my classic Meringues.

If you are making any of my meringue-based recipes, you might also check out my ice-cream recipes such as Lavender Ice-creamThyme Ice-cream with Honey and Mascarpone  or  Elderflower Ice-cream. You need four egg whites for this recipe which means you will have four spare egg yolks.  As I hate waste, I pretty much always make some form of ice-cream when I make any type of meringue.  Very conveniently, all my ice-cream recipes require four egg yolks.

Rose and Raspberry Pavlova

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Raspberry Pavlova, Rose Pavlova

Raspberry and Rose Pavlova

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: for 6 people 1x
  • Category: Meringues
  • Cuisine: English

Description

Pretty and pink, this Raspberry Pavlova, has a wonderful rose-flavoured meringue base topped with whipped cream and fresh raspberries.


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Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • Pinch of salt
  • 225 caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon culinary rosewater
  • A few drops of red food colouring (optional)
  • 300 ml double cream
  • As many raspberries as you like!
Rose Pavlova
Rose Pavlova – pink meringue base

Instructions

  • Set your oven to 140 C/275 F/Gas Mark 1.
  • Whisk the egg whites with salt until they form stiff peaks.
  • Add two tablespoons of sugar and continue to whisk until combined and the mixture is thick and glossy.
  • Fold the rest of the sugar, the cornflour, the lemon juice, the rosewater and the food colouring (if using) into the whisked egg whites.
  • Cover a baking sheet with baking parchment or silicon paper.
  • Spoon the egg white mixture onto the baking sheet to form a large circle or oval.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 1 hour until the exterior of the meringue is hard to the touch.
  • Allow to cool.
  • When ready to serve, whisk the double cream until it forms soft peaks and then spread it on top of the meringue base.   Arrange the raspberries on top.
Rose Pavlova
Rose Pavlova – ready for raspberries!

Notes

  • If you want the Pavlova to be pink, you will need to add a little red food colouring.   This is optional – if it is not pink, it will still taste the same!

Keywords: pavlova, raspberries

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