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Old 06-09-2006, 06:56 AM   #1
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Summer Pudding

This is a traditional British summer treat when the ripe berry fruits are available. It needs to be made the day before, to allow for overnight chilling in a fridge.

8 large slices slightly stale white bread (use a good quality bread, not white ready-sliced supermarket stuff, it has to be robust enough to absorb the juices from the fruits, without falling apart)
100g caster sugar
5tbsp water mixed with a little elderflower cordial (optional, but I love the flavour)
750g mixed soft summer fruit, eg as strawberries, raspberries, tayberries, blueberries, whitecurrants, redcurrants and blackcurrants

Cut the crusts from the bread and discard. Cut the bread into thick fingers and use cut one slice to the diameter of the top of the 1-litre pudding basin.

Put the sugar and water/cordial in a large pan and heat gently, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved. Add the fruit to the pan, bring to a simmer and cook gently for about 6-8 minutes until the mixture is swimming in juice.

Very ightly grease a one-litre pudding bowl, and sprinkle bowl with a little caster sugar to adhere the inside of the basin .Then use some of the bread to line a one-litre-capacity pudding bowl. Make sure that you patch if there are any gaps. Add half the hot fruit mixture, then cover with a layer of the bread. Add the remaining fruit, reserving 2-3 tbsp of the juices, and cover with the circle of bread, making sure that you put the circle WITHIN the ‘walls’ of bread. Cover the basin with a saucer, which should sit right on the pudding itself. Add a couple of heavy weights, or heavy tins, to press the pudding down. Transfer to the fridge and chill for at least 12 hours.

To serve, remove the weights and the saucer, place a serving dish over the top of the basin and invert, shaking gently so the pudding comes out. If there are any ‘white spots’ in the pudding where the juices have not soaked through, use the 2-3 tablespoons you reserved

Serve with double cream.

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Old 06-09-2006, 02:52 PM   #2
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Oh YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

This is one of my favorite things to make in the summer!!!!!!!
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Old 06-09-2006, 03:46 PM   #3
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Izzy, this sounds like a very pretty presentation (when you unmold the bowl). Reminds me of a bread pudding without the baking, eggs etc. Can I ask, what is elderflower cordial? Can I use something else in place - a liqueur perhaps? Thanks Izz.
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Old 06-09-2006, 05:36 PM   #4
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Mish, elderflower cordial is a non-alcoholic, almost astringent tasting cordial which you drink as a long drink in the summer with water. You don't have to use it, but I always have plenty in the house during the summer, and found I really liked the little 'zip' it gave the stewed fruits. I wouldn't put alcohol in this pudding, it doesn't need it!

And yes, it really does look pretty when you take it out of the bowl. Sometimes there may be little areas of the bread that aren't deep red, that's what the few tablespoons of reserved juice are for, to ensure that the whole pudding is the same gorgeous deep red colour!
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Old 06-09-2006, 10:22 PM   #5
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Sounds delish, Ish. Berries around the plate might look pretty too. Hope I can find the elderflower - it does sound like a refreshing summer drink. If I make any boo-boos I can always cover them up with extra cream. Thank you.
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Old 06-10-2006, 11:08 AM   #6
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If you don't mind the alcohol you can use a little Framboise, Kirsch, Poire Williams, etc -- something that goes with the fruit you are using.

Or leave out.

I made thse one time for my mom and she asks for the recipe EVERY summer (seems she forgets where she puts it). I think I'll print it out now in preparation for her request.

Challa bread works nicely with it.
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Old 06-10-2006, 01:10 PM   #7
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Sounds yummy. Do you have a pic?
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