Treat yourself to the perfect summer treat with our individual summer puddings! Bursting with the sweet and tangy flavors of strawberries, raspberries, red currants, blueberries and blackberries, this traditional dessert is a delight for the senses. Each pudding is light and low in fat and is carefully poured into its own mini basin mold, creating an enchanting presentation. Enjoy the bright colors and juicy textures as you take a bite – a true taste of summer captured in a dessert. Enjoy these individual summer puddings as a decadent end to any meal or as a refreshing snack on a warm day.
- 350g mixed berries, fresh or frozen (we used raspberries, blackberries, currants, blueberries and strawberries)
- 2 tbsp golden powdered sugar
- Zest 1 lemon
- Sunflower oil for greasing
- 3-4 slices of slightly stale white bread, crust removed
- 2 tbsp extra thick cream
- 2 tsp powdered sugar, sifted
- Place all berries except the strawberries in a pot.
- Sprinkle the sugar on top and stir.
- Cook over low heat until the sugar has dissolved and the fruit begins to release its juice.
- Increase the heat, bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer for 2 minutes, until the fruit is soft and lots of deep red juices are released.
- Quarter the strawberries and stir them into the berries along with the lemon zest.
- Remove the pot from the heat and strain the fruit through a sieve, collecting the juice.
- Meanwhile, lightly oil 2 x 175ml dariol molds (or 2 large teacups) and line them with cling film.
- Using a cookie cutter, cut out two small circles of bread to fit in the bottom of each pan.
- Dip one side into the still hot juice and place it, juice side down, on the bottom of the baking paper-lined tin.
- Cut two more larger circles from the bread and cut the rest into 1-inch-wide strips that are the same height as the pan.
- Dip the strips in the juice and fill the sides of the molds in the same way. Press each piece firmly, overlapping them slightly.
- Pack the pureed fruit into the bread-lined tins, reserving some of the fruit and juices for serving.
- Fold over any strips of bread that are sticking out of the pan, then dip the last two circles of bread into the juice and top the puddings to seal.
- Cover with cling film and press firmly with the palm of your hand.
- Place in the refrigerator to cool for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
- To serve, stir together the cream and powdered sugar.
- Divide the pudding onto plates, top with the reserved fruits and juices and serve with the sweetened cream.
Equipment and tools
To prepare individual summer puddings, you will need the following equipment and tools:
- mixing bowl
- Spoon or spatula for mixing
- Individual pudding molds or ramekins
- Small pot
- Sharp knife
- Zester or grater for lemon peel
- Pastry brush for greasing
- Sieve for sifting powdered sugar
This individual summer pudding recipe contains the following allergens:
- Gluten (from bread)
- Dairy products (from double cream)
Please be aware of these allergens if you or your guests have dietary restrictions or allergies.
Storage and leftovers
If you have leftovers or want to make individual summer puddings in advance, here are some storage tips:
- Cover each pudding tightly with plastic wrap or place in an airtight container.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
- Before serving, you can gently reheat the puddings in the microwave or oven for a few seconds if necessary.
Health Benefits of Individual Summer Puddings
Individual summer puddings not only offer a delicious burst of flavor, but also numerous health benefits. Packed with nutrient-dense ingredients, this dessert will satisfy your sweet tooth while providing essential vitamins and minerals. Let’s take a closer look at the health benefits of the key ingredients:
Mixed berries like raspberries, blackberries, currants, blueberries and strawberries are the stars of this summer pudding recipe. These berries are rich in antioxidants that help fight inflammation and protect your body from harmful free radicals. Plus, they’re low in calories and high in fiber, making them an excellent choice for weight management and promoting healthy digestion.
Golden powdered sugar
The addition of golden powdered sugar in this recipe adds a touch of sweetness to balance the tartness of the berries. While sugar should be consumed in moderation, using a small amount in homemade desserts can improve the overall flavor. It is important to note that excessive sugar consumption should be avoided for a healthy diet.
Adding a lemon zest to each summer pudding adds a refreshing citrus flavor. Lemon peel is a natural source of vitamin C, which supports your immune system and helps the body absorb iron from plant foods. Plus, it adds a touch of spice to the dessert without adding extra calories.
In this recipe, sunflower oil is used to grease the baking dish. It is a heart-healthy cooking oil that contains vitamin E and omega-6 fatty acids. Moderate consumption of unsaturated fats, such as those found in sunflower oil, can be beneficial for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and overall heart health.
The slightly stale, crust-free white bread is used to absorb the juice from the berries and create the consistency of the pudding. While white bread is not as nutritious as whole grain bread, it still provides a source of carbohydrates for energy. However, people who prefer a healthier option can substitute the recipe with whole wheat or whole wheat bread.
Extra thick double cream
To give each summer pudding a creamy and delicious touch, a small amount of extra thick cream is added. Although cream is high in saturated fat and calories, eating it in moderation can be part of a balanced diet. Individuals who are concerned about their fat intake may opt for a low-fat alternative such as Greek yogurt for a healthier option.
The recipe suggests sprinkling a small amount of sifted custard over each summer pudding before serving. Powdered sugar is finely ground sugar and is primarily used for decorative purposes. Its contribution to the overall health benefits of this dessert is minimal.
Overall, individual summer puddings can be a delicious treat that contain a variety of fruits and provide important nutrients. Moderation is important when enjoying this dessert as it may contain added sugars and fats. By using fresh and healthy ingredients, you can enjoy this delicious treat without feeling guilty.