Summer Pudding

All the summer fruit is coming to peak ripeness, which means making jam, wine, melomels and fresh desserts. I always make a summer pudding, an old fashioned dessert that uses up a glut of fruit and any stale bread you have. This recipe is from The Hearth Witch’s Compendium:

2 lb. (8 cups/ 900 g) mixed soft fruit (any summer soft fruit available such as raspberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, gooseberries, strawberries, etc.)

8-10 slices day old bread

2-3 tablespoon water

4-6 oz. (3/4 cup 140 g) caster (superfine) sugar

Rinse a 2 lb. pudding basin in cold water (I cut this recipe in half and used a 1 lb pudding basin in the pictures). Trim the crusts from the bread and line the damp basin with the slices, pressing the bread down firmly and leaving no gaps. Reserve enough bread to cover the top.

Over a low heat dissolve the sugar in the water, add the fruit and simmer for a few minutes. Strain off about ¼ pint of the liquid and put it to one side.

Put the fruit in the basin and cover with the remaining bread.

Stand the basin on a plate and cover it with a saucer.  Press the saucer down and place a weight on top. Leave it like this overnight.

To turn out the pudding, remove the saucer and invert the basin onto a plate (if you can – otherwise serve straight from the basin).  Remove the basin and pour the remaining liquid over the top.

Serve with cream or ice cream.


© Anna Franklin, The Hearth Witch’s Compendium, Llewellyn, 2018


Author: annafranklinblog

Anna Franklin is the High Priestess of the Hearth of Arianrhod, which runs teaching circles, a working coven, and the annual Mercian Gathering, a Pagan camp which raises money for charity. She regularly speaks at conferences, moots and workshops around the country. She is the author of many books on witchcraft and Paganism, including the popular Pagan Ways Tarot, Sacred Circle Tarot, The Fairy Ring, Herb Craft, Magical Incenses and Oils, Personal Power, A Romantic Guide to Handfasting, Familiars, The Oracle of the Goddess, Hearth Witch, The Path of the Shaman and The Hearth Witch’s Compendium. Anna’s books have been translated into nine languages.

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