Something fruity, Something sweet

Cheat’s summer pudding

Summer pudThis is a easy and delicious summer dessert that needs no baking and is best made the day before so it’s perfect if you want a hassle free fruity dessert. I was introduced to this a few summers ago by my friend Sharon it’s based on a Nigel Slater recipe. Traditionally summer pudding is made in a pudding bowl and if done well will turn out into a beautiful dome this is a flat version, similar to lasagna, which may not be such a show stopper but is equally delicious. It’s the ideal dessert for people who don’t like baking!

For 6+ servings put 500g of mixed berries (I used frozen mixed berries and some fresh mulberries I picked)  in a saucepan with 75g of sugar and half a cup of water. Bring them to the boil then simmer for about 5 mins until the fruit begins to soften. The mixture needs to be quite juicy. Then allow the fruit mixture to cool down.

You’ll need about 6-8 thin slices of soft white bread with the crusts cut off. I used a soft ‘milk’ bread that I found in the supermarket but regular white sliced bread is fine. Line the bottom of a rectangular dish (mine’ s 22 x 14 x 4cms) with a single layer of bread and then spoon over half the fruit mixture and liquid. Then put another layer of bread and cover it with the rest of the fruit.

P1020535It may seem a bit soggy but you need quite a bit of juice as this will get absorbed by the bread and you don’t want any white bread showing it should all be sodden with the fruit.


Next cover with cling film and put in the fridge overnight. The bread will absorb the fruit juice and the pudding will firm up.

You then cut slices and serve with cream, I used thickened cream, but whipped cream is also delicious with it. If you prefer you can make individual portions…



2 thoughts on “Cheat’s summer pudding

  1. don says:

    Clyde, I finally got to your site and LOVE it! Will tell my friends – and try to get back into the kitchen. You have inspired me!


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