Summer pudding

Summer pudding or summer fruit pudding is a British dessert made of sliced white bread, layered in a deep bowl with fruit and fruit juice. It is left to soak overnight and turned out onto a plate.[1] The dessert was most popular from the late 19th to the early 20th century.[2] It first appears in print with its current name in 1904, but identical recipes for 'hydropathic pudding' and 'Malvern pudding' from as far back as 1868 have been found.[3]

Summer pudding
Summer pudding made with currants, in a bowl
Alternative namesSummer fruit pudding
Place of originUnited Kingdom
Main ingredientsSliced white bread, fruit, sugar, fruit juice

Making summer pudding is much easier if the bread is somewhat stale. This helps the fruit juices soak through the bread, which makes the pudding more pleasant. Summer pudding can be served with cream.

The fruits typically used in summer pudding are raspberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, whitecurrants, and blackberries. Less commonly used are tayberries, loganberries, cherries and blueberries.

See also

  • List of fruit dishes


  1. Alan Davidson (21 August 2014). The Oxford Companion to Food. OUP Oxford. pp. 793–. ISBN 978-0-19-104072-6.
  2. Alan Davidson, Helen Saberi, ed. (2002). The Wilder Shores of Gastronomy: Twenty Years of Food Writing. Ten Speed Press. pp. 59–60. ISBN 1-58008-417-6.
  3. Mary-Anne Boermans (7 November 2013). Great British Bakes: Forgotten treasures for modern bakers. Random House. pp. 263–. ISBN 978-1-4481-5501-9.
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