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Old 08-09-2005, 06:53 AM   #1
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Summer Pudding

My fruit bushes are starting to give abundant amounts of fruit - so this is a pudding for when I've got loads of different soft fruits.

It's a very traditional British pud - a real taste of summer!

Summer Pudding
Delia Smith recipe from her Complete Cookery Course
Maybe the reason why this pudding is such a favourite is because we only have these particular fruits for such a short time each year anyway in our house it's become a sort of annual event. Do try to get a well-made white loaf though, the texture of mass-produced, sliced white is most unsuitable.
Serves 6
8 oz (225 g) redcurrants
4 oz (110 g) blackcurrants
1 lb (450 g) raspberries
5 oz (150 g) caster sugar
7-8 medium slices white bread from a large loaf

You will also need a 1.5 pint (850 ml) pudding basin, lightly buttered.
Separate the redcurrants and blackcurrants from their stalks by holding the tip of each stalk firmly between finger and thumb and sliding it between the prongs of a fork pushing the fork downwards, so pulling off the berries as it goes. Rinse all the fruits, picking out any raspberries that look at all musty.
Place the fruits with the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat and let them cook for about 3-5 minutes, only until the sugar has dissolved and the juices begin to run don't overcook and so spoil the fresh flavour. Now remove the fruit from the heat, and line the pudding basin with the slices of bread, overlapping them and sealing well by pressing the edges together. Fill in any gaps with small pieces of bread, so that no juice can get through when you add the fruit.
Pour the fruit and juice in (except for about two thirds of a cupful), then cover the pudding with another slice of bread. Then place a small plate or saucer (one that will fit exactly inside the rim of the bowl) on top, and on top of that place a 3 lb or 4 lb (1.3 kg or 1.8 kg) weight, and leave in the fridge overnight.
Just before serving the pudding, turn it out on to a large serving dish and spoon the reserved juice all over, to soak any bits of bread that still look white. Serve cut into wedges, with a bowl of thick cream on the table.

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I want to try it.. As you said, I'm not sure If I can find them together here....Especially redcurrant one....
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Any soft berry fruits would do - perhaps mulberries in place of the redcurrants/blackcurrants?
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Oh thanks... That's easier to find... :)
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Only if you live in Turkey, Greece and other countries - not so common here!

Redcurrants, blackcurrants and whitecurrants are more tart than mulberries - the 'sharpness' is counteracted by the sugar and the other fruits - you could add more fruits like strawberries etc
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