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Traditional English Summer Pudding

A seasonal dessert made with sliced bread and summer fruit, this English classic dates back to Victorian times. Summer pudding highlights the fresh flavors of plump, juicy berries, while crisp, delicate phyllo, crunchy pistachios and heavenly whipped cream complete this British favorite.

English Summer Pudding - a red cylindrical dessert on a white plate with mint leaves, a cookie on top, whipped cream, and berries.

Ingredients

Summer Pudding:

  • ¼ loaf brioche, crust removed
  • ⅓ C (75 ml) water
  • ½ tsp (1½ g) pectin
  • 2½ T (30 g) sugar
  • ½ C (60 g) strawberries, diced
  • ½ C (60 g) raspberries
  • ½ C (60 g) blueberries
  • ½ C (60 g) blackberries
  • ½ C (80 g) figs, diced
  • 1 sheet gelatin

Phyllo Crisp:

  • ¼ sheet phyllo dough
  • 1 T (15 g) unsalted butter, melted

Berry Compote:

  • 1 T (20 g) strawberry jam
  • 2 strawberries, diced
  • 2 T (25 g) blueberries

Garnish:

  • ½ C (50 g) whipped cream
  • 1 fig, cut in 5 wedges
  • 2 T (30 ml) raspberry sauce
  • 2 T (15 g) dried cranberries
  • 1 T (10 g) pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 2 T (15 g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 5 sprigs fresh mint

Directions

Summer Pudding: Slice brioche and cut with a 3-inch circle cutter; place inside 3-inch ramekins. Combine water, pectin and sugar, add strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and figs; heat gently just until juice releases from berries. Remove from heat, strain over bowl. Dissolve gelatin in liquid, combine berry and gelatin mixture, spoon into ramekins and chill 1 hour. Reserve leftover berry mixture for compote.

Phyllo Crisp: Preheat oven to 350°F (170°C). Brush phyllo with butter, bake 12-15 minutes. Break into pieces.

Berry Compote: Combine reserved berry mixture, strawberry jam, strawberries and blueberries.

Serving Suggestion

Remove pudding from ramekins, place on plates. Add whipped cream rosettes, fig wedges, raspberry sauce, cranberries, pistachios and compote. Dust with confectioners’ sugar; garnish with mint.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes.
  • Chill time: 1 hour.
  • Cook time: 18 minutes.
  • Makes 5 servings.