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Though some may disagree, I for one think that Great Britain has a pretty impressive food heritage. Not only do we have a whole host of British classics like ‘Toad in the Hole’, afternoon tea and fish and chips but we’ve also embraced the traditional food of other countries with curry famously being our national dish. As we continue to showcase some of the nation’s favourite foodie treats, this week we bring you summer pudding, a summertime favourite with gourmands old and young.
The precise origins of summer pudding are unclear but it is thought that it was first served at health farms as an antidote to the heavy suet puddings favoured by the Victorians. Whatever its beginnings, there’s many reasons the summer pudding remains as popular as ever, not least that it’s quick and easy to make and doesn’t require any cooking whatsoever. In fact, we think it’s the perfect summery dessert to knock up while you’re enjoying a self-catering break in the UK. Plus, its healthy credentials means it’s a guilt-free tasty treat to enjoy all summer long!
There are many recipes for summer pudding but we’ve chosen to share this one from the BBC Good Food website:
300g raspberries, plus a few extra to serve
225g blackberries, plus a few extra to serve
100g redcurrants, plus a few extra to serve
400g strawberries, hulled and quartered
140g golden caster sugar, plus a bit extra (optional)
400g brioche loaf
clotted cream, to serve (optional)
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