To me this summer pudding symbolises the British summer!! It’s also great that I can use up any leftover sweet bread and summer fruit to make one… but you can also use frozen berries that work just as well!!

Summer Pudding

Course: Breakfast, Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: Greek


  • 6-8 slices (not too thick) stale sweet bread (or our dairy free bread), crust cut off
  • 600 g mixed soft fruit, plus extra to serve
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp crème de cassis


  • Line the base and sides of the basin with bread to cover completely. Keep 2 slices aside to make the lid.
  • Remove the stalks and/or stones from the fruit and put in a wide, heavy-based pan. Add the sugar and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and cook for 2 minutes or until the fruit is just starting to soften and release juice.
  • Set aside 3-4 tbsp of the juice (chill), then spoon the fruit and the rest of the juice into the prepared basin and cover with the rest of the bread (trim to fit). Put a plate that just fits inside the rim of the basin on top of the pudding and weigh it down with a heavy tin or jar. Put the basin, with the weight on top, in the fridge to chill and set for at least 6 hours.
  •  To serve, remove the weight and the plate and slide a palette knife round the inside edge of the basin. Cover the basin with a plate, then invert the pudding onto the plate. Mix the crème de cassis into the reserved juices, then pour over the pudding. Serve with crème fraiche, pouring cream or dairy free ice-cream and extra berries if you like.