Summer Pudding

So when I was in Suffolk for a couple of weeks back in the summer of 2006, I had this amazing English desert called summer pudding, and it was one of the most wonderful things I had ever tasted.  In fact, it was my first introduction to this category of deserts called “puddings”.  (As I understand it, though, here some refer to desert in general as “pudding”.)  I had no idea how this beautiful, blood-red, juicy, tart and sweet deliciousness was made, but I knew that someday I had to figure it out.

That day has come. What a glorious day it is!!!
This, my dear and faithful friends and family, is the most wonderful summer desert of all time. THIS is Summer Pudding!

I used a recipe I found online at, and it called for red currants (which I found cheap at the green grocer down the street),
Lovely currants
blackberries (ditto), strawberries, and raspberries. I didn’t have any raspberries, but I had a few blueberries and some black cherries that I really had to use up.
Pudding preparations

I first made a sugary syrup on the stove, to which I added all the fruit except the strawberries (they would cook down to mush, I think). When the syrup is finished, I drained the fruit and dipped some stale bread (minus crusts) in the dark and gorgeous juice, and lined a pudding basin with the bread. When the basin was totally lined in bread, I put the berries (plus the strawberries) in and covered. It then went in the fridge overnight.
I purchased this plastic lidded pudding basin (yes, it was called a pudding basin) at the same shop down the street where I found my cheap roasting pan that I have used almost every day.

This is the finished product. So gorgeous, and seriously the most delicious thing you can imagine. Juicy, sweet, tart, fruity………..

And of course, it’s even better with a bit of double cream over the top.

We do eat well in England.

Next time: maybe sticky toffee pudding.  Mmmmmmmmmmmmm

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5 Responses to Summer Pudding

  1. Great photographs of a terrific-looking dish. Thanks.

    • boazrichards says:

      Thanks, foodrefashionista! I just visited your site, and really enjoyed it. Most of the time, I too endeavor to eat and cook gluten- and dairy-free. One of the things I really like about the summer pudding recipe is that you could do it easily without either. I will definitely be visiting your blog often.

  2. susan says:

    Perfect timing! I may just have to add this to the offering of Fruity Desserts I was going to make this weekend.

    • boazrichards says:

      Well, if you do, be sure to take a picture! BTW, when are you coming to visit? 😉

      • susan says:

        Looks like I won’t be making summer pudding this weekend. Too many people had other plans today and this seems like something to share and impress others with. It’s on my list, though. Definitely on my list of things to try this summer.

        When are we coming to visit? Well, you’re making me want to hop on a plane right now. Must be patient, though. One thing at a time.

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