Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Easy Summer Berry Pudding and A Cook Book Shoot on the Beach

Easy Summer Berry Pudding 

Hello Desirables
You like?  That was one of the great names you guys came up with, to call our tribe.  There were other fantastic ones too and I will be using them all in the future.  I asked and you jumped right in and that is what I love about you guys!!!!
It was a bit like that yesterday afternoon when I got a call asking for a Summer Berry Pudding to be delivered to a local beach, as part of the Summer Celebration chapter of the cook book our local school is producing. I know the  co-ordinator of the book is totes over worked on this project and as I like to think of myself as 'Can do Carolyn"  I said sure no problem see you at 9.30am....with pudding and props.

So as I hung up the phone at 3.30pm, I had no recipe, no ingredients nor any idea how to make one.  I had wanted to for years, but had always thought it had a high degree of difficulty and basically had not bothered.  Well I could not have been more wrong on the easy factor.  This one has only 4 ingredients and was simple, simple, simple.

Here it is before it was cut open.  Looking all pert and beautifully curved.
It must be done the day before for the juices to soak through, which means it is so on my next Summer party menu. Imagine the oohs and aahs as you arrive tableside with this one. And who doesn't  love stuff which can be done the day before.  Makes entertaining so much more enjoyable. 

It slid out of the bowl beautifully after a gentle prod around the edge with a knife and it just worked a treat.  I have been on cloud nine all day because of it.  Small thing people!!! Small things.
So here's the recipe:

Summer Berry Pudding
500g mixed frozen berries
500g frozen raspberries
For my American friends that's 2lb 3oz
total in frozen fruit.
Fresh strawberries and blue berries to decorate for serving
50ml/ 1.75oz water
175g/6.5oz sugar
1 Loaf of white bread (about 8 slices crusts removed)
spraying oil for greasing the pudding bowl

Place the 800g of the frozen fruit in a large saucepan with the water and sugar.
Over a low heat, melt the sugar and heat the mixture until is just warm.
Add the remaining fruit and warm through for a few more minutes. Set aside.
Meanwhile lightly spray a 1 litre pudding bowl (that's a bowl that takes about 4-5 decanted babies bottles full of water) with olive oil and line with bread.  Cut a circular disc for the bottom of the bowl using an upturned ramekin or large scone cutter.
Cut rectangles and triangles to shape, to fit the remainder of the bowl.  Make it snug, but don't fuss about it fitting perfectly, as somehow over night it seems to all meld together.
With a slotted spoon, fill the bread lined bowl with fruit and fill with some of the juice.
Reserve the remaining juices to serve.
Cut more bread to shape to cover the fruit and press it down gently until the juice starts to seep through the cracks.
Place a plate slightly smaller than the diameter of the bowl on top of the bread and weigh it down with several full cans.
Refrigerate over night. 
To serve, gently run a knife around the edges of the bowl.
Place an inverted serving plate on top of the pudding bowl and flip to release.
The pudding should slip out with a few gentle shakes.
Dress with fresh strawberries and blueberries and serve with cream or ice cream.
This is truly delicious with the slight tartness of the fruit tempered by the sweetness of the sugar.  Yum!!!!
For more of my easy baking recipes have a look here. 

Adapted from a recipe by Jill Dupleix

So the pudding was shot first, so I could get on and enjoy the day after that all worked beautifully.  This was one of the props tables.  I have to say that I would have liked more vintage styling but I have no control in these matters.  But everyone is working brilliantly as a team and I do believe this book will ultimately be very beautiful and full of easy family recipes that have been tested and loved by us, the cook book team.  I just can't wait to cook the lot.  I might do a 'Julie and Julia' on it.

I love this beach scene we styled,  That little retro esky was too cute and look at those girls working hard up there along the beach.  Nice work if you can get it.  There will be some fabulous BBQ recipes in this book.

The Northern Beaches of Sydney truly is a gorgeous region in which to live, with a fantastic community, who pulls together for a cause.  I feel very lucky and privileged to be a small part of it.

So one of the suggestions for naming my tribe was "beach bums"  Erhmmm!!! Thank you Sonia and Nicola!!!! Frankly I'd be happy to put mine on this beautiful beach any day!!!!!!
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  1. I am so going to try that Summer Berry Pudding.
    It's all looking soooooo good. They're lucky to have you on board......;o)
    Tania xx

  2. I love seeing the photo shoots, looking forward to the actual book, you know us Desirables will all want a copy!

  3. Yes and you can order it online so I'll let you know the web address when I get it.

  4. What a beautiful shoot location. Love the summer berry pudding, I might even TRY to make one :)

  5. I'd like a book, too. This looks delicious.

  6. gorgeous location! the berry pudding looks great, a good idea for xmas.

  7. This cookbook is going to be seriously stunning!!! I am really looking forward to getting a copy. Pudding recipe sounds like a perfect go to recipe for summer as well. xx

  8. Just gorgeous Carolyn. I love Summer Pudding. Looks like it was a beautiful day.

    Anne xx

  9. "Desirables"??? Pour moi...c'est "undesirables". LOL.

  10. BTW when are you going to start posting videos? Upload to YouTube or Vimeo and then just grab the code and voila!

  11. Malclom you are driving me hard here. Yes Desirables for you!!!! Funny you should ask about videos. I just bookmarked vimeo last night and intend on doing some soon. Pressure Pressure.

  12. Who wouldn't want to be a desirable! I'm in. I'm now following. Thanks for stopping by Quirky Vistas to comment and follow! How sweet!

  13. What a great looking pudding, but what I am lusting after most in this post is that wine crate - I would love a wine crate like that!

    Great pictures, Carolyn - thanks for sharing - I bet the cookbook is going to be a huge success!

  14. looks like a gorgeous place!

    Hope you’re having a great Thursday, one day closer to Friday! Drop by and say hello!

  15. The pictures are fabulous and the pudding looks oh-so good! Have a terrific weekend and thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday at 2805!

  16. Great post and I love the pudding. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this post. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  17. Coming from Pink Saturday. Your pudding looks so yummy.

  18. Lovely day for a picnic. Visiting from Pink Saturday.

    Wedding Anniversary Pink, your comment will mean so much!

  19. Wow that is one nice place to be..Thanks for sharing us. Visiting from PS!

  20. Boy does that look yummy! I think I'll come over and have some with you on the beach.

  21. The setting was so cozy and the foods were yummylicious:)

    Visiting from Pink Saturday- hope you can stop by..

  22. YUM.. LOVE this.. what a great presentation.. Thanks SO much for linking via Pin'Inspirational Thursday today.. Wishing you a beautiful week.. Hope you are back again next week.. xo.. Marilyn..


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