Summer pudding

Summer pudding

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From
Ben's BBQ Bible
Serves
6
Photographer
Billy Law

If there’s one thing the English do well it’s puddings. And summer pudding has to be right at the top of the list. Using plain old white bread, plus loads of fresh or frozen berries, some nice red wine and sugar, it’s thrifty!

I could not imagine a better end to a sensational summer barbecue than the sharp, sweet flavours of a summer pudding. It’s best prepared a day in advance, which is nice because you can whip it out at the end of the meal with little fuss.

Accompany the pudding with some Greek-style yoghurt or crème fraîche.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
150g caster sugar
50ml water
1 vanilla bean, split
1-2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, to taste
500ml fruity light red wine
600g mixed summer fruit, (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc.)
1 teaspoon chopped basil
1 loaf sliced white bread, crusts removed

Method

  1. Sprinkle the sugar into a heavy-based saucepan. Pour the water over and stir to make a paste. Cook to a light golden caramel.
  2. Add the scraped vanilla bean and seeds, black pepper and wine, and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes, until reduced by half. Remove from the heat and gently stir in the fruit. Leave to stand until cold, then add the basil.
  3. Line a glass bowl evenly with the bread slices, overlapping them so there are no gaps.
  4. Fill the lined bowl with your cooled berry compote, then cover the top with overlapping slices of bread. Cover with plastic wrap and place a plate on top to weigh the pudding down; the plate should be the same diameter as the pudding, but slightly smaller than the bowl. Refrigerate overnight.
  5. When ready to serve, turn the pudding out onto a large serving plate, or serve it straight from the bowl.
Course:
Dessert
Sweets
Tags:
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barbecue
outdoor
grill
entertaining
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