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Summer Berry Pudding with Juicy Blackberries

This summer berry pudding is one of the nicest desserts you can make with gelatin. This pudding is very popular in the UK and it is often served in the spring or summer when the brambles are heavy with fat, juicy berries. It looks better with fresh berries but if they are out of season, you could use canned or frozen ones, as long as you do not mind it looking like you have done that.

Adding gelatin to your Martha’s Vineyard summer pudding means it will hold its shape better. Summer pudding is usually quite dense and stays together but using gelatin adds a nice flavor and also helps with the consistency or this summer pudding dessert. Some summer pudding berries recipes are left overnight in the refrigerator so the juice from the berries penetrates right the way through, staining the entire pudding pink or red. This recipe can be made a couple of hours before you eat it though, since the pudding is left white and just the top is colored. Alternatively, leave it overnight if you like, for a richer final color.

You can use any berry flavor of gelatin you like for this summer berry pudding. The recipe calls for raspberry gelatin but you could try wild strawberry flavor or cherry flavor instead if you want to. Any fruit flavor goes with the blackberries. Use an unwaxed lemon in this recipe, since you will be adding the zest to the mixture. Use a non-reactive pan when cooking the berries. Stainless steel would be fine; aluminum would not. This is because acidic foods can cause a chemical reaction with reactive materials.

Summer Pudding Berries Recipe
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves or Makes: 8
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  • 3 ½ lbs blackberries
  • 1 loaf white bread, no crusts
  • ½ package raspberry gelatin
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup boiling water
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  1. Grease a 3 pint pudding dish and line it with bread slices, allowing them to overlap.
  2. Press the bread firmly against the dish.
  3. Add the sugar, lemon zest and 3 lbs of the blackberries to a pan and simmer the mixture until the sugar dissolves and the juices start to come out of the berries.
  4. This will take about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove ¾ cup of juice from the pan and let the rest cool, then pour it into the bread-lined dish.
  6. Put more bread slices on top.
  7. Dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water, and then stir in the cold water and half of the reserved fruit juice.
  8. Pour the gelatin over the summer pudding, then cover the bread with a plate and weigh it down with a big can.
  9. Let it sit for 3 hours so some of the juice goes through the bread.
  10. Unmold the summer berry pudding on to a serving platter and pour the remaining juice over the top.
  11. Decorate it with the remaining blackberries and serve alone or with some whipped cream on the side.

Photo Description:

A Martha’s Vineyard summer pudding makes a wonderful dessert and if you have some bread to use up, as well as some tasty berries, why not make this delicious and easy gelatin recipe? The other ingredients in this classic English dessert recipe include lemon and gelatin and this might sound like a simple recipe but the flavor is amazing, especially if you like fresh berries. Use white bread for this recipe and make sure you trim off the crusts before using it. Gelatin recipes vary a lot, from fluffy gelatin dessert recipes like mousse to striped gelatin molds and more. This dessert shows that gelatin can also be used to enhance bread pudding recipes.

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