“We’ve spread the bread with a little jam to stop it getting too soggy, but this isn’t traditional. ”
- olive oil , for greasing
- 800 g mixed summer berries, such as raspberries, redcurrants, strawberries, blackcurrants and blackberries
- 150 g sugar
- ½ an orange
- ½ teaspoon vanilla paste , optional
- 7 large slices of white bread
- 2 tablespoons red berry jam
- Grease an 850ml pudding basin with oil and line with 2 sheets of clingfilm, letting a little bit overhang.
- Remove any stalks from the berries. Hull and quarter the strawberries (if using).
- Place all the berries in a large, heavy-based saucepan with the sugar, orange juice and vanilla paste (if using).
- Cook over a low heat for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the sugar dissolves and juices start bleeding from the fruit. Set aside to cool.
- Remove the crusts from the bread, then spread over the jam.
- Line the basin with 6 of the slices, jam-side up. Overlap slightly to ensure no gaps, and press the bread against the sides.
- Spoon the cooled fruit and half its juice into the lined basin, reserving the remaining juice.
- Cover the pudding with the last slice of bread, jam-side down, then pull over the overhanging clingfilm.
- Place a saucer that fits inside the basin on top of the pudding, then place a weight, about 2kg, on top of it. Refrigerate overnight to soak up the juices.
- Strain the leftover juice through a fine sieve into a small pan. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the juice has reduced into a light syrup. Pour into a jug and keep in the fridge.
- To serve, open the clingfilm and carefully invert the pudding onto a plate.
- Drizzle large slices with the syrup and serve with crème fraîche or cream, if you like.
Source: Jamie Oliver