Very berry summer pudding

Yield: 8 Servings

Measure Ingredient
2 pints (12-oz each) strawberries; rinsed and hulled
1 cup Blueberries; rinsed and picked over
½ cup Granulated sugar
¼ cup Orange juice
¼ cup Plus
2 tablespoons Seedless red raspberry or strawberry jam
½ teaspoon Ground cinnamon
1 cup Blackberries; cut in half if large
16 slices Thin; firm sandwich-style bread; crusts trimmed
1 teaspoon Lemon juice

This no-bake bread pudding is traditionally made with fresh red currants and raspberries, but you can use any combination of juicy berries as we've done here.

1. Line a 1-½ quart souffle dish or mixing bowl with plastic wrap, leaving a 4-inch overhang all around.

2. Finely mash 1-½ cups of the strawberries and ¼ cup blueberries in a large bowl. Slice in remaining strawberries and stir in remaining blueberries and the sugar. Let stand 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Mix orange juice, ¼ cup jam and the cinnamon. Add the strawberry mixture along with the blackberries. Stir until blended.

4. Line bottom of prepared dish with 3 slices bread, trimming slices to fit snugly. Cut 8 of the remaining slices in half. Arrange halves, overlapping slightly, around sides of dish, pressing bread against the dish to keep it in place.

5. Spoon half the berry mixture and juice into dish. Press down to compact. Top with 2 slices bread, then the remaining berries and juice.

Press down. Cover completely with remaining 3 bread slices, cut to fit.

6. Bring up plastic wrap overhang and cover top of dish completely. Top with a plate that fits inside dish (or cut cardboard to fit). Place in refrigerator and put a heavy weight (large juice or tomato can or brick) on plate to press layers down firmly.

7. Refrigerate at least 8 hours, but preferably overnight so juices soak the bread.

8. TO SERVE: Remove weight and unwrap top of pudding. Invert on rimmed serving dish to catch juices. Remove dish and plastic wrap. Stir lemon juice into remaining 2 tablespoons jam. Brush evenly over pudding. Use a serrated knife to cut into wedges. Makes 8 servings.

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From a collection of my mother's (Judy Hosey) recipe box which contained lots of her favorite recipes, clippings, etc. Downloaded from Glen's MM Recipe Archive, .

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