Wednesday , October 20 2021

English Summer Pudding

By Nigel Ramsbottom, Delia Smith Restaurant

Recipe published in Feast, Issue 28 – July/August 2018

Serves 6


7 slices of white bread (crusts removed with a serrated knife)
225g of redcurrants
110g of blackcurrants
450g of raspberries
150g of golden caster sugar
You need a pudding basin with a capacity of 1 litre, lightly buttered 

The best way to separate the redcurrants and blackcurrants from their stalks is to hold the tip of each stalk between finger and thumb and slide it between the prongs of a fork, pushing the fork downwards and pulling off the berries as it goes.

1. Now rinse all the fruits and place in a large pan, together with the sugar. Cook over a medium heat for 3–5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the juices begin to run (be careful not to overcook and so lose the fresh flavour of the fruit), then remove the pan from the heat.

2. Now trim one slice of bread to fit the base of the pudding basin, and cut 4 slices in half to line the side of the basin, overlapping them at the straight edge with the rounded side down, and sealing well by pressing the edges together. Fill any gaps with small pieces of bread, so that no juice can get through when you add the fruit.

3. Pour the fruit and juice in – except for about a cupful – then cover the pudding with the remaining bread and place a small plate or saucer (one that will fit exactly inside the rim of the bowl) on top.

4. Place a 1.8kg scale weight – or some other heavy object – on top of that and leave in the fridge overnight.

5. Just before serving, loosen the pudding all round using a palette knife, and turn it out onto a large serving dish, then spoon the reserved fruit and juice all over, to soak any bits of bread that still look white (a pastry brush is useful here). Serve cut into wedges, with some cream on the table

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