Recipe: Summer Pudding


Do you always have leftover stale bread? This is a great way of using leftover bread in this gorgeous mixed berry summer pudding. We have garnished it with flaming berries, inspired by an awesome cocktail, which gives the dessert a delicious orangey kick. Make it the day ahead and serve as the centre piece at a family event.


  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 1 splash water
  • 150 g raspberries
  • 150 g blackberries
  • 150 g blueberries
  • 150 g strawberries, sliced
  • 7 slices stale white bread
  • 1 shot Cointreau
  • 1 glug double cream to serve
heat the sugar & water

Step 1

Heat The Sugar & Water

Wash the berries and let them drain in a sieve. Put the sugar in a pan with a splash of water and heat to a simmer.

soften the berries

Step 2

Soften The Berries

Add most of the berries (save a few to decorate with) and let them bubble for 3-4 minutes to leach their juices and begin to soften. You still want whole berries where possible though. Pour the hot berry mix through a sieve so that the juices drain into a bowl.

slice the bread

Step 3

Slice The Bread

Cut the crusts off of the slices of bread then cut the corners off of one slice, halve 4 slices so that the halves are ‘skew-whiff’ (slightly wider at the top than bottom) and quarter the final two slices into triangles.

dunk the bread

Step 4

Dunk The Bread

Line a 750ml pudding basin or any bowl you like with Clingfilm, leaving plenty hanging outside of the bowl... you might need two sheets. Dunk the largest slice of bread into the berry juice for a few seconds then press into the bottom of the bowl, red side down.

line the bowl

Step 5

Line The Bowl

Repeat the same with the wonky rectangles and use to line the sides, overlapping each slice slightly.

squeeze in the berries

Step 6

Squeeze In The Berries

Spoon all of the berries into the bowl and top with the triangles of bread, again soaked in the berry juice. Fold the Clingfilm over the top and push down to compress the berries. Put a heavy weight on top, a couple of tins of food is good and store in the fridge overnight.

light alcohol over berries

Step 7

Light Alcohol Over Berries

Splash over the shot of Cointreau over a handful of fresh berries on a plate and set light to the alcohol.

turn it out and serve!

Step 8

Turn It Out And Serve!

Turn the pudding out onto a serving plate, one that will catch the juices when you cut it open, and garnish with the alcohol charred berries. Serve with cream. Serves 6

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