Yvette van Boven’s cookbook Home Made Winter was a hit, so we're excited to see she's followed it with the seasonal opposite, Home Made Summer. This book is as lighthearted and sunshine-filled as the season at its best, and you'll love making meals that "don’t take too much effort, and celebrate summer and the inherently fabulous flavors of so many fresh fruits and vegetables." Enjoy!

Summer Pudding


  • 1 pint (300 g) fresh strawberries, hulled and halved (big ones quartered)

  • ? pint (250 g) fresh blackberries

  • ? pint (100 g) fresh red currants

  • 1½ pints (500 g) fresh raspberries

  • ¾ cup plus 2 tbsp (175 g) superfine sugar

  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 7 square slices stale white bread

  • crème fraîche or sour cream for serving

Keeping the strawberries separate, wash the berries and carefully pat them dry with a paper towel.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and lemon juice and bring to a gentle boil. Cook until the sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally.

Add all the fruit except the strawberries and boil for 3 minutes tops, stirring, until the berries are soft and release their juices.

Place a sieve over a bowl and pour in the fruit. Reserve the fruit and the juices.
Line a 2-cup (500-ml) pudding mold with plastic wrap, letting the plastic overhang the sides. Remove the crust from 5 of the bread slices. Halve them lengthwise. Cut out a circle from the sixth slice to match the size of the bottom of the pudding mold.

Dip each cut slice of bread for 1 second in the fruit juice you collected in the bowl and use the slices to line the mold, the rectangular slices for the sides, the circle for the bottom.

Stir the strawberries into the rest of the fruit and fill the mold with the fruit.

Cut out a circle from the last slice of bread to match the size of the open top of the mold, dip it into the fruit juice, and use it to cover the pudding. Pull the plastic wrap over the top of the pudding and place something heavy directly onto the pudding. (I have a saucer that fits perfectly and I put a can of beans on top of that.)

Place in the fridge overnight, or for at least 6 or 7 hours.

homemadesummerStrain the remaining fruit syrup and save it in a little pitcher in the refrigerator.

Before serving, open up the plastic and place a large plate on top of the mold.

Holding the plate onto the mold, invert the pudding onto the plate. Lift off the mold and remove the plastic wrap.

Serve summer pudding in wedges, with crème fraîche or sour cream and some of the fruit syrup.

Reprinted from Home Made Summer by Yvette van Boven. Copyright © 2013 by Yvette van Boven. Published by Stewart, Tabori, & Chang, a division of Abrams. Image credit Oof Verschuren. Read our review of this book.

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