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Thursday, 11 August 2011

Summer Berry Pudding, Deliciously Different!

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Before the strawberry season comes to an end, here's my summer pudding with a difference. It's a great way to use fresh summer fruits, you can vary the quantities and put whatever fruit takes your fancy. Try using fresh peaches and blueberries, or strawberries and bananas - the combinations are endless. I made my own sponge cake using the same ratio in weight of butter, sugar, eggs and cake flour, but a store bought sponge cake is just as good, and makes this dessert extremely quick and easy to throw together.

We actually prefer this over the traditional summer pudding which I think can be rather sloppy. This is more of a cross between a cake and a summer trifle.

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Marinating the fruit

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Adding the top layer of sponge

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Summer Berry Pudding
A great dessert for entertaining. Quick and easy, especially if you use a store-bought sponge cake. A thinner sponge works better. If you like, you can add an extra tablespoon of the liqueur into the whipped cream for a slightly boozier version.

1 vanilla butter sponge cake, mine was 22cm in diameter
175g strawberries
110g blueberries
110g raspberries
1 tablespoon caster sugar
2-3 tablespoons raspberry or strawberry liqueur (sub with orange juice if preferred)
284ml whipped double cream
Icing sugar for dusting and extra fruit to serve

Slice the strawberries into quarters and put into a bowl with the blueberries and raspberries. Pour over the liqueur and caster sugar, stir and leave to marinate for 15-20 minutes.

Line a large pudding bowl with cling film.

Slice the cake horizontally and then take one half and slice it into wedges. Line a pudding bowl with the cake wedges.

Strain the berries and brush the juice over the sponge cake, reserving some for the top. Fold the berries into the whipped cream and pile into the sponge-lined bowl. Top with the the other half of sponge cake, you may need to cut it into wedges to fit into the bowl. Brush with the remaining liqueur juice.

Cover with cling film and lay a small plate onto the top of the bowl to flatten it a bit. Pop it into the fridge until needed.

To serve, remove the cling film and turn the pudding out onto a serving plate. Dust with icing sugar and serve with single cream.

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aforkfulofspaghetti said...

That's very like the Italian dessert, zuccotto. Just as delish, too, I'm sure! :)

Chele said...

I've been looking for a good summer pudding recipe and this one is different enough to be the one I want to make ;0)

Amy said...

This is such a beautiful dessert and it does sounds refreshing. What a great way to use up the wonderful berries! :)

Desserts In My Kitchen said...

Oh my goodness! This looks amazing :) Great for the heat of the summer!

Deeba PAB said...

Oooooh Nic, I LOVE it! The very idea is charming. We shall see strawberry season in a couple of months... must make it! {Missed you. How are things? Men doing good? You?}

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

This is just gorgeous Nic. It reminds me of an Italian dessert I have had in the past.

Jan said...

Nic this looks amazing! A great idea.

nic@nipitinthebud said...

wow, your pud looks divine!
The flowers in your garden background look fab too :o)

Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours said...

That sounds lovely, and far far nicer than the traditional summer pudding. Personally I cannot stand the texture of all that soggy bread!

grace said...

this looks lovely, nic! many of the summer puddings i've seen are so saturated with juices that they just look sloppy, but yours is perfect!

Choclette said...

Oh now that sounds like my sort of pudding and nice as summer pudding is, I think I'd take a slice of yours over that if they were both offered together. It looks so pretty too and so much less sloppy than a trifle.

Anne said...

Looks like a perfect summer dessert! As much as I like summer pudding, yours looks far more tempting!

Maggie said...

My kind of dessert it looks wonderful and vibrant.

mjskit said...

This is an amazing dessert! You created something truly beautiful and I'm sure it taste wonderful!

Unknown said...

This is a fabulous way to serve up summers bounty a pudding cake:-)