Pudding Basins in Summer?
A Twist on Two Classics:
Berry Bread & Butter Summer Pudding
If you think pudding basins are strictly for the winter, think again! I use my pudding basins throughout the year as mixing bowls, storage bowls, salad bowls for picnics, ice cream containers and of course, for puddings! So, when I was asked by Just Pudding Basins if I would like some assorted pudding basins sent to me, to use and review, I was thrilled……as a pudding basin is a thing of beauty to me. I was even more excited and impressed to learn that ALL of Just Pudding Basin’s basins are made in the UK……how refreshing to know that a classic British cooking bowl that serves up so many of our much-loved and traditional dishes, are actually made in the UK and not China. And, you can order any pudding basin in any size from their lovely website…..from mini dinner party pudding basins to LARGE family friendly basins, they are all there. I was lucky enough to be sent samples from the whole range, including sizes that I have found VERY hard to find in the past, namely 3 pint (1.7 litre) and 4 pint (2.27 litre) basins.
I plan to make many puddings in the bowls that Just Pudding Basins kindly sent me, and I will be sharing all the recipes here on my blog – but what to make for my first creation? It’s summer, well, it’s supposed to be summer, but, even though we are experiencing inclement weather, we have to EMBRACE the abundance of summer produce such as beautiful British berries……which, I am lucky enough to have growing in my garden. I have raspberries, blackcurrants and redcurrants, and the strawberries are coming on nicely too….and so it was that I had a flash of inspiration one morning, whilst buttering a brioche bun and then spreading strawberry jam on to it, a delicious pudding idea swept over me……a steamed style pudding, but made in the microwave, along the lines of a bread and butter pudding but with overtures of a classic summer pudding brimming with berries…..
A light, fluffy concoction bursting with berries is what I was after…….and I was rewarded with just that with this recipe; the brioche “jam sandwiches” that made up the bulk of this pudding, slid out of the pudding basin with ease and was so light, whilst the berries made a delicious sauce. The pudding also looked a treat, as well as tasting divine; it was comforting enough for a cold and wet summer’s day, but light enough to be enjoyed after a lunch of bread, cheese and salad. Although I served this “au natural” when I took the photos, I imagine that this will be delicious when served with cream, ice cream or custard of course.
Just a note, if you order over £25 worth of basins from Just Pudding Basins right now, you will get a LOVELY little Puddington Bear and a 2 pint pudding basin free…….I was sent one too, and he is JUST so squidgy and pudding-ish!
But back to my recipe…..the pudding basin I used for this pudding was a generous 3 pint basin, and like all the basins, it came with a lid……the basin felt strong and did not warp after being microwaved for just short of 20 minutes and the lid fitted nice and snug…..My basin washed up well and looked as new afterwards. I stored my cooked pudding in the basin after serving and as there was just the two of us, I popped it into the freezer. I was VERY impressed with the quality of the basins that I was sent, and I am set up for quite a while now with every size imaginable!
I am sharing my recipe in this post, see below, but the Just Pudding Basin website also has a small collection of LUSH looking pudding recipes, so take a look when you have time: Recipes. I particuarly liked the look of the Jam and Coconut Sponge……perfect for a midweek treat!
That’s all for now, see you later, and don’t forget, a Pudding Basin is NOT just for Christmas! Karen.