Fresh Berry Pudding

Makes 8 Servings


  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and halved or quartered
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 3 cups raspberries
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • ¾ cup sugar, or to taste
  • ½ loaf stale firm-textured white bread, thinly sliced and crusts trimmed

Special Equipment

  • plastic wrap
  • pudding mold


  1. Put the strawberries and blueberries in a large pot and soften them over low heat. As the juices begin to run, gently stir in the remaining berries and sugar
  2. Heat them only enough to make the mixture runny, not to make a mush. Remove from the stove and taste for sweetness, adding sugar gradually to use only as much as needed. Pour the fruit into a sieve set high over a bowl or pot, reserving all the juices and pulp separately
  3. Cut the bread to fit a 6-to-8-cup pudding mold or bowl with steep sides. Put a round piece on the bottom and fan-shaped pieces around the sides, fitting them evenly
  4. One piece at a time, dip both sides of the bread in the reserved juice, then put it back in place. Fill any chunks with leftover bread, so that the bowl is completely lined
  5. Spoon the fruit solids into the mold almost to the top. Trim any bread that extends over the sides, and cover the top with bread
  6. Cover the pudding tightly with plastic wrap and set a saucer on top that just fits inside the rim. Place a heavy can on top to weight the pudding and press the juices into the bread. Chill overnight or longer, weighted. Cover and chill the leftover juices in a jar
  7. To serve, run the tip of a knife around the edge of the pudding, invert the bowl onto a serving platter, and jerk it down once or twice to unmold the pudding (this may take a little patience)
  8. Paint out any pale spots with the reserved juices; spoon the rest over or around the pudding. A few whole fruits, green leaves still attached, make a pretty garnish, but this is not necessary. Pass heavy cream or lightly whipped cream on the side