Summer is truly here and what could be better than digging into this delightful dessert while sitting in the garden.
1 x 16cm x 10cm deep pudding basin, roughly, slightly bigger will be fine
250g fresh red, black or white currants or a mixture (frozen is fine)
150g strawberries, halved
150g castor sugar
juice and zest of 1 large lemon
2 small leaves gelatine, soaked in cold water
12 slices of brioche or thin white bread crusts removed
300mls double cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
sugar to taste
fruit to decorate
Remove all the stalks from the currants, wash and ‘hull’ the strawberries.
Place these along with the raspberries into a clean saucepan; add the sugar and lemon juice.
Bring to the simmer, very gently, stirring occasionally, try not to break up the fruit too much.
Once JUST simmering, remove from the stove immediately, and cool slightly, then stir in the soaked gelatine, until dissolved.
Cut some of the brioche to fit into the bottom of the bowl.
Line the bowl with slices of broche (I dip the outside edge in a little of the fruit to ensure you have no white gaps when you turn the pudding out) fill with the warm fruit, then top with the last couple pieces of brioche.
Top with a layer of cling film and then a saucer to fit inside the bowl and a heavy weight.
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, overnight is best.
Carefully remove from the bowl and serve with a few strings of redcurrants rolled in castor sugar and place on top.
Lightly whip the cream and vanilla, then add a little sugar to taste, depending on the sharpness of the fruit you use for the pudding.
There maybe a little fruit left over, just serve separately.