Recipe Of The Month July - The Directory Group

Recipe of the Month: July

Recipe of the Month: July

SUMMER PUDDING

Ingredients

- 750g/1lb 14oz mixed summer fruit

 - 185g/6½oz caster sugar

- 1 medium loaf good-quality white bread, slightly stale

- 2 tbsp cassis or blackcurrant cordial

Method

1) Place the fruit in a pan. Remove the stems from the redcurrants, pour the sugar over the fruit and stir gently.

2) If you have time, cover the pan with a tea towel or cling film and leave for 3-5 hours (or overnight) to get the juices running. Place the pan over a moderate heat and bring gently up to the boil.

3) While the fruit is simmering, cut the bread into thin slices and remove the crusts.

4) When the juices are beginning to flow, raise the heat slightly and simmer for about 2-3 minutes. Then turn off the heat and stir in the cassis or cordial.

5) Cut a round out of one slice of bread to fit the bottom of the bowl, then cut the remaining slices into triangular wedges.

6) Dip one side of the bread circle into the juices in the pan containing the fruit, then place the circle in the bottom of the pudding basin, juice-side down. Do the same with the bread triangles.

7) Once the bowl is completely lined with the bread, spoon all of the fruit and its juices into the pudding basin. Cover the top of the fruit with more wedges of bread.

8) Find a saucer that fits neatly inside the bowl. Place it on top to cover the upper layer of bread, then weigh the saucer down with whatever comes to hand. Let it cool, then place in the fridge overnight.

9) Remove the weights and the saucer. Run a blade around the edges, then invert the basin onto a shallow serving plate.

10) Turn the pudding out, cut into thick slices and serve.

Fresh raspberries and blackcurrants are in season now and available from your local Hampshire Farmers’ Market. For dates, visit www.hampshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk

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