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England: Summer Pudding
Although easy to make,and very popular in Great Britain, this Summer Pudding was not exactly a hit with my kids.
You would think with the two ingredients in this pudding, it would be a winner with my family. After all, you can pretty much guarantee we love bread, and we love berries!
Nonetheless, I wanted to share it anyway, because it is healthy, it is authentic, and it is loved by many others around the world.
Summer pudding is bread, soaked with berries. The recipe originally includes sugar, but we tried it without sugar, which really didn't matter, since the appearance was what put off my kids in the first place.
The final recipe was:
- 2 cups frozen and fresh berries
- 8 slices of whole wheat bread, crusts cut off.
Step 1) Defrost berries until they are mushy and liquidy. Mash berries a bit with the edge of a fork. At this point, the original recipe calls for sugar. A LOT of sugar. Considering we were trying to make it healthy, and berries are so sweet, we left it out.
Step 2) Line a 2 quart dish with 4 slices of bread.
Step 3) Top bread with all the berries and their juices.
Step 4) Place the remaining bread on top of the berries.
Step 5) Take a plate that fits inside the dish, and put something heavy on top. Chill in the fridge for 24 hours.
Originally, this dish is intended to be garnished with whipping cream.
This is my nephew Michael. Since my kids were so hesitant to try it, I was "encouraging" Michael to take a taste. He kept holding a fork full towards me and saying, "No, I will Help YOU to taste it!!" ha ha.. little stinker.
What do you think? Will you try it?