I have a confession to make. Before today I have never made a Summer Pudding. Shocking I know.
Probably one of the simplest puddings ever, and more to the point delicious and unashamedly British. And whilst I mastered my scones at a young age, summer pudding just never really made it into my repertoire. SO this summer I was determined to change that. Did I though? Well as you already know I made one today so if you count early September as summer, then yes. If not, well, I got around to it eventually. So we can call this my ‘last of the summer pudding.’ And seeing as the weather is being so obligingly nice it feels like a fitting dessert for the week.
Although I did hit a snag – the one being that you are supposed to make it and leave it overnight. Yes I probably would have known that if I had done this before. But seeing as I didnt well, It just slipped my mind, I decided on a slightly alternative mini version. Because doesn’t everyone love something mini?
So without further ado my mini mint and berry last of the summer puddings
400g mixed summer fruits – either fresh or defrosted
2 sprigs mint
dash of water
A bread loaf – either home made or a very decent loaf from a bakery ( rubbish bread = rubbish pudding)
- Place you fruit, sugar and mint sprigs in a pan. Add a dash of water if the fruit is fresh and heat until it boils. Once boiling turn down the heat and leave to simmer for 2-3mins
- In the meantime grease your ramekins with oil and line with cling film
- Once the fruit has had it’s 2-3 mins simmer remove from the heat, remove the mint and pour half into a blender and blend into a puree
- Cut 2 circles of bread for each ramekin and then strips to go around the side
- Dip one circle in the puree and place puree side down in the ramekin, do the same with the side pieces and place in the ramekin making sure they overlap
- Next pour in some of the remaining whole fruit
- Then dip your second circle into the puree and place on top of the pudding, press down and leave to cool in the fridge
- Repeat this process until you have all your puddings
- Then eat to your heart’s content
And that’s it a simple cheats last of the summer pudding. To make it look extra special you can always garnish with a bit of mint and pouring cream.
So if you’re feeling decadent go for it!