Orchard pudding

Orchard pudding
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Takes 30 minutes to make, plus cooling and standing for at least 3 hours

This orchard pudding recipe is a spin on summer pudding – and a bit posher too.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
457kcals
Fat
11.6g (6.3g saturated)
Protein
5.1g
Carbohydrates
77.6g (61.2g sugar)
Salt
0.8g
Calories
457kcals
Fat
11.6g (6.3g saturated)
Protein
5.1g
Carbohydrates
77.6g (61.2g sugar)
Salt
0.8g

Ingredients

  • 2 (about 300g) apples
  • 2 (about 300g) pears
  • 3 large (about 300g) plums
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 1 generous tbsp sharpish jam (I used a quince preserve, just to labour the point)
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 150ml Madeira wine or sweet sherry
  • 1 Madeira cake or loaf of stale white bread, crusts removed and cut into thin slices

Method

  1. Line a medium pudding basin (about 1 litre) with cling film and press firmly into the base and the sides. Leave enough overhanging the edges to cover the top later.
  2. Peel, core and slice the apples and pears. Stone and roughly chop the plums. Pop all the fruit into a saucepan with the orange juice, jam and sugar. Stir everything together and bring to a simmer over a gentle heat. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the fruit is soft but still holding its shape. Allow it to cool completely in the juices.
  3. Dilute the Madeira wine with about 3 tablespoons of the fruit juices and, one by one, briefly dunk each slice of cake or bread in the liquid. Starting at the base, line the inside of the pudding basin with the slices, as for a summer pudding. Then fill with the fruit and top with cake or bread to enclose it completely. Wrap the overhanging cling film over the top, and cover with a weighted flat-based bowl or plate. Leave for at least 3 hours, or preferably overnight.
  4. Peel back the cling film and invert the bowl over a serving dish. If the pudding doesn’t slide out easily, tap the base with a wooden spoon. Serve with crème fraîche.

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