English Summer Pudding Recipe

Janette Fuschi | Culinary Ginger

English summer pudding is one of the easiest summer desserts you can make. With an impressive presentation, only you will know how easy it is to make.

Dating back to the early 1900’s, there are no stories surrounding this dessert other than it used to be known by other names like hydropathic pudding and Malvern pudding. I think I prefer its current name.

When the hot summer sun is heating up your kitchen, no one wants to turn on the oven and this is a fantastic no-bake dessert that can be made up to 2 days ahead and kept refrigerated.

Perfect for serving a crowd you can make multiple puddings depending on how many people you’re feeding. It’s amazing what sliced white bread and fresh fruit can produce.

English Summer Pudding Photo

Yes, this is a dessert made with regular white sliced bread. It starts with a 1-quart bowl that is lined with the sliced bread. You will have to cut the bread into different shapes and sizes to evenly cover the inside of the bowl.  

Overlap the bread and don’t leave any gaps, this will ensure a perfectly formed pudding. You’re probably wondering how you get from the look pasty white bread to a vibrant violet hue? Read on…

English Summer Pudding Picture

For the fruit filling, the focus is typically on raspberries. Red currants are also used, but I don’t often find them in my stores. Blackberries and strawberries are also typical, but feel free to use any berries that you like and are available to you.

Sugar and water are melted in a pan, then the fruit is added and cooked for a few minutes until their juices are released (here comes the color). The fruit is added to the bread-lined bowl and some of the juice is reserved.

English Summer Pudding Image

The bowl is topped with more bread (this will be the bottom of the pudding) and a plate that fits perfectly is placed on top. Place a heavy object like a large can on top and refrigerated overnight.

The next day, run a knife around the pudding to help loosen, then turn it out onto a serving plate. Take the reserved juice and brush the outside of the bread so it soaks in and that is how you get the amazing color.

English Summer Pudding Pic

Serve with a side of whipped cream and the easiest, no-bake dessert is done!

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English Summer Pudding Recipe

      6 Servings


  • 7-10 slices White Bread, crusts removed
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 12 ounces Raspberries
  • 6 ounces Blackberries
  • 6 ounces Strawberries, cut into a similar size to the other fruit
  • Whipped Cream


  1. Line the bottom of a large bowl bowl with a circular slice of bread.
  2. Line the sides of the bowl with more slices so they fit snuggly.
  3. Add the sugar and 2 tablespoons water to a large saucepan over medium-low heat and heat until the sugar melts and cook for a few minutes until it starts to thicken.
  4. Stir in the fruit so it is well coated with the sugar liquid and cook for 2 minutes, until the fruit has released some of its juices.
  5. Spoon the fruit into the bread-lined bowl, reserving the liquid.
  6. Top the bowl of fruit with more bread, covering evenly. Place a plate that fits on top and weigh down with a heavy can. Refrigerate for 8 hours.
  7. Strain the leftover juice, cover and refrigerate.
  8. Run a knife between the bread and the bowl to help release and turn out onto a serving dish. Brush the the outside of the bread with the rest of the fruit juice.
  9. Serve with a side of whipped cream and juice.


Cooking Method:
No Bake
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Author: Janette Fuschi
Recipe Yields: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 500 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 9
Calories 232

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 245mg
Total Carbohydrate 50g
  Dietary Fiber 4g
  Sugars 24g
Protein 4g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Janette Fuschi

About Janette

Janette is a British ex-pat living in Southern California. On her blog, Culinary Ginger, you'll learn all about it. On Food Fanatic, you'll see her favorite British classics, and ours too!

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