What is it about British puddings that whisk many people back to their childhood? Chris shares her love of puddings and shows how to create memories for a whole new of generation of children to remember when they’re older. Savour her delicious recipe for a classic dessert - Summer pudding.
Rinse the pudding basins with cold water but don’t dry (I can’t remember whether this is to help the bread absorb the fruit juices more easily or to help get the puddings out of the basin but it’s what my Gran did so I do it too!)
Slice the brioche and remove the crusts (you can freeze them to use later for dipping in chocolate fondue, not very English but very tasty!)
Line each basin with the brioche, pressing it firmly into the sides and bottom
Place the fruit in a pan and heat very gently until the fruit just starts to soften and the juices are released
Sprinkle with the caster sugar and stir it in (taste the fruit at this stage and if it is a little too tart add a little more sugar to taste)
Fill each basin to the brim with fruit and then top up with most of the juice, leaving just a little to drizzle over the tops when you serve. Top each one with a circle of brioche
Place a piece of baking parchment on top of each pudding and then with a glass which fits just inside the basin, press the lid onto the pudding, ensuring the fruit is pressed into the brioche. Leave in the fridge for 24 hours
When ready to serve, use a palette knife to help release the puddings from the moulds and turn onto individual serving plates
Serve drizzled with the remaining juice and with a dollop of crème fraîche, ice cream or clotted cream - or just on its glorious, fruity own!