I seem to be doing lots of recipes at the moment and not much crafty stuff. I think it's because summer is such a great season for fresh produce and easy to cook recipes. Yesterday I made a summer pudding with Z and E. This morning they were so excited we broke into it for breakfast - who wants cereal when you've got this in the fridge? It's the perfect pudding for children - very easy to make and cutting the first slice generated whoops of excitement. You can use pretty much any mixture of summer berry - raspberries, blueberries, redcurrants, strawberries or blackcurrants.
1kg mixed berries
100g caster sugar
A 1.5l pudding basin
What to do
Place the berries in a saucepan with the sugar and 50ml of water and simmer until the sugar has dissolved and there is lots of juice.
Pour the fruit into a sieve so that the juice is collected into a shallow bowl.
Remove the crusts from the bread and using scissors cut out a circle the same size as the bottom of the pudding bowl.
Dip both sides of the circle of bread into the juice and place in the bottom of the pudding bowl.
Cut the remaining bread into triangle pieces and line the pudding bowl, overlapping each piece slightly and making sure there are no gaps.
Once the bowl is lined pour the fruit into the bowl and top with slices of bread. Don't worry about the bread looking like a badly wrapped present, it all comes out pretty evenly.
Place a saucer or bowl on top of the bowl so that the pudding is weighed down a little.
Put in the fridge for 12 hours.
Once ready run a spatula or knife around the inside of the pudding bowl and invert onto a plate.
Serve with cream.