When I think of summer, I think of berries and this little number is always a winner at the end of a BBQ (which inevitably is actually an inside grill situation due to the rain…). On showing this recipe to an American friend, their shock was something I wish I’d documented at the time. Indeed this is a very British pudding, unlike the chocolate cream like puddings he was used to back home. But what a pud! He’s now a convert, I’m pleased to say. The bowl I used here is one of Anthropologie’s ‘Latte Bowls’ (why they’re called that, I will never know) and they fit these proportions perfectly. Of course, use a larger pudding basin if you’d prefer or indeed, any small dessert bowl in your cupboard would do the job. Please do chill overnight or the bread won’t have time to firm up – believe me, it’s worth the wait.
500g mixed berries
zest and juice of ½ an orange
3 tbsp sugar
7/8 large slices white bread
clotted cream – to serve
1. Line a deep bowl with two layers of cling film.
2. Heat the fruit with the sugar, orange zest and juice in a pan for 3 minutes until the berries have released they’re gorgeous red juice.
3. Strain them through a sieve and put aside.
4. Cut bread into rectangles (leave crusts on) and one small square. One at a time dip into berry juice and line the pudding basin.
5. Fill with the drained berries and top with one large dipped slice of bread.
6. Pull cling film round and leave in fridge for 6 hours with a heavy book on top.
7. Turn out on to a serving plate and dollop cream on each slice.