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    Tonia George's Summer Pudding

    This rough and tumble of berries encased in a crimson-coloured dome is one of the pleasures of the season. It takes time for the bread case to soak up the rich fruit juices, but good things come to those who wait.

    • Preparation time: 35 minutes, plus 24 hours chilling
    • Cooking time: 10 minutes
    • Total time: 45 minutes plus 24 hours chilling 45 minutes

    Serves: 8


    • 150g Redcurrants
    • 100g Blackcurrants
    • 75g Golden caster sugar
    • 500g Raspberries
    • 200g Blackberries
    • 125g Stale white bread, crusts removed (about 10 slices)


    1. Remove the redcurrants’ stalks and discard them. Add the redcurrants, blackcurrants and sugar to a pan with 75ml water and bring to the boil.
    2. Simmer gently for about 8 minutes, until the berries start to burst and look juicy. Add the rest of the fruit and simmer for 2 minutes more, to heat them through. Take the pan off the heat and leave to cool.
    3. Meanwhile, cut the bread into thin slices that are each 5mm–1cm thick. Cut one of the slices into a circle to fit the base of a 1.7-litre (3-pint) pudding basin and arrange the others around the edge, lightly overlapping.
    4. Fill any holes with extra bread. Spoon in the berries right to the top (reserve the remaining juice) and finish with bread.
    5. Cover the basin with clingfilm and squash down gently with your hands. Place a saucer on top, with the domed side down, weighted down with two or three tins. Chill the pudding for 24 hours.
    6. Invert the basin onto a plate and, holding both firmly, release the pudding with a short, sharp shake. Spoon 3 tbsp reserved juices over any white patches on the pudding. Cut into wedges with a sharp knife and serve with a jug of double cream.

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    Drinks recommendation

    Nothing epitomises the glory of summer better than a flute of something light and sparkling. This would be wonderful with a glass of slightly sweet fizz, such as Asti NV Martini Italy.Bin 83905.


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