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English Summer Pudding


I have spent the past few weeks feasting on berries while in England and France which are incredibly cheap in comparison to the NZ berries as well as being twice the size, the climate is obviously a lot more conducive to their growth, perhaps it is the lower humidity? We had a family BBQ so I made a quick summer berry pudding for dessert. I used brioche instead of bread, clotted cream since we had just been to Cornwall and the berries of course being the star of the dessert. I have layered this one like a trifle since I didn’t have the time for it to set and chill for several hours and without that time a traditional dome shape would likely collapse when turned out.

The photo is taken in my parents back garden which has a small grass area and lots of potted flowers and hanging baskets, very pretty and very English.

The English berries are very sweet so I haven’t added any sugar, you might want to add a few teaspoons if your berries aren’t so sweet. This recipe makes a very large dessert, enough for 8-10 people.

1 brioche loaf
500g blueberries
500g raspberries
500g blackberries
1.5 cup apple juice
3 tbsp port or sherry
500ml clotted cream or whipped cream
Large glass bowl

Wash the berries and put two thirds of them in a large bowl with the apple juice and port.
Stir the fruit through the juice a few times.
Slice the brioche into thin slices, enough to layer the bowl 3 times.
Lay a third of the brioche in the bowl then cover with half the berries and spoon a third of the juice over them.
Repeat this process again to create the second layer and then cover the fruit with the final layer of brioche.
Cover the last layer of brioche with cream and top with the berries that have been kept aside.
Chill till ready to serve and then dust with icing sugar.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oh, I feel like berries now! Really they are cheaper than here?? Well, raspberries are very expensive in NZ, actually, to me they are expensive everywhere: I grew up in the mountains in Italy and raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and wild strawberries were all free to foragers :-).

    I will have to make some sort of trifle now too lol!!!

    Are you coming on Sunday to the SF AGM and Brunch?


    June 14, 2011
  2. Bev #

    Delightful and very summery 🙂

    June 16, 2011
  3. That garden makes such a pretty backdrop for a beautiful summery pud! I bet the clotted cream is a lot cheaper over there as well.

    June 24, 2011

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