Summer Berry Pudding

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Elevate your summer dessert game with this stunning Summer Berry Pudding. Easy to make and served cold, it’s perfect for hot days when you want to keep cool. The combination of fresh berries creates a deliciously fruity dessert perfect for entertaining. Serve it with a dollop of homemade whipped cream for the ultimate summer treat that your guests will love.

summer berry pudding with fresh berries and mint.
summer berry pudding on a plate and served in a bowl.

Celebrate the bounty of the season with this delightful Summer Berry Pudding. This dessert features a beautiful dome of brioche bread, filled with fresh berries. It’s a visually stunning, refreshingly cool treat perfect for warm-weather gatherings. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or a casual dinner party, this no-bake dessert is sure to impress.

I have been waiting to make a Summer Berry Pudding for years. (If memory serves me correctly, I first saw Ina Garten make it, then I pulled a recipe from a magazine years ago, and most recently I saw it made on the Great British Bake Off.) Well, the time has finally come! 

summer berry pudding served on a table with two serving in bowls with whipped cream.

I was nervous about how this recipe was going to turn out. Would it all turn to mush? Could the berries come spilling out when I went to take a slice? Would it even be any good? I’m happy to report that everything worked out beautifully and this recipe makes an incredible dessert. 

My mom was visiting when I made this recipe and said, “I think this is the best dessert you’ve ever made.” We made it on a Tuesday and had a little piece every night with a cup of Earl Grey tea. We were experiencing temps in the mid-90s all week so this was quite the treat. 

If you’re looking for a unique and delicious dessert, I highly recommend giving this Summer Berry Pudding a try! 

summer berry pudding  served in a bowl with whipped cream.

Why You’ll Enjoy This Recipe

  • This is a standout dessert for your summer gatherings. It’s served cool, making it a refreshing treat on a hot day. Plus, it doesn’t require baking, so you can keep your kitchen cool while creating a delightful dessert.
  • The combination of fresh berries and brioche creates a wonderfully rich and fruity dessert that’s light and satisfying. The luxurious whipped cream pairs perfectly with the tart berries and soft brioche, creating a symphony of flavors and textures.
  • Although this Summer Berry Pudding needs time to set overnight, the preparation is quick and straightforward. There is minimal hands-on time. Everything can be assembled in minutes leaving plenty of time to enjoy your day and anticipate the delicious results.
  • When you invert this pudding onto a serving plate, it reveals a stunning berry-studded dome sure to impress your guests. Garnish with fresh berries and mint garnish to make it look even more elegant and inviting. It’s a perfect centerpiece for any summer dessert table.

Looking for more summer dessert recipes? You’ve come to the right place. I have a collection of my best warm-weather dessert recipes ready and waiting for you in this delicious collection

summer berry pudding served o a white plate with fresh berries.
summer berry pudding served in a bowl with whipped cream.

Ingredients

Let’s get into the kitchen and gather all the ingredients you’ll need for this Summer Berry Pudding. Here’s what you will need:

  • Blackberries: These juicy, sweet-tart berries add a rich, deep flavor to the pudding, complementing the other berries perfectly.
  • Raspberries: With their bright, tangy taste, raspberries bring a burst of flavor and a lovely color to the dish.
  • Blueberries: These small, sweet berries add a burst of flavor and a beautiful deep blue color, enhancing both the taste and appearance of the pudding.
  • Strawberries, hulled: Sweet and slightly tangy, strawberries contribute flavor and texture, making the pudding even more delightful.
  • Brioche Bread, crusts removed: This soft, slightly sweet bread soaks up the berry juices beautifully, creating a tender base for the pudding. I used Sara Lee Artesano Brioche Sliced Bread. 
  • Sugar: Just the right amount of sugar enhances the natural sweetness of the berries without overpowering their flavors.
  • Water: A small amount of water helps create the berry syrup that soaks into the bread, adding moisture and flavor.
  • Vanilla Extract: A touch of vanilla extract adds a subtle, warm sweetness that ties all the flavors together.
  • Homemade Whipped Cream: Light and fluffy, whipped cream is the perfect finishing touch, adding a creamy contrast to the fruity pudding. Be sure to check out my homemade whipped cream recipe if you’re unsure how to make it. It’s so easy! 

How To Make

Okay, we’re ready to make and assemble this Summer Berry Pudding! Let’s get to it! I’ll walk you through the steps below. I’ve also provided a full ingredient list and instructions in the printable recipe card below.

  1. In a medium, heavy-based saucepan, combine the blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries (reserve the blueberries), sugar, and water. Heat over medium-high until boiling. Lower the heat and simmer for three to four minutes, allowing the berries to release their juices but keeping the berries still intact. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Toss in the blueberries. Stir to combine.
mixed berries cooking in a sauce pan.
  1. Meanwhile, line a 32-ounce bowl (rim about 8 inches in diameter) with two layers of plastic wrap, making a cross and leaving enough overhang to cover the pudding later. Cut a circle of bread to fit the base of the bowl and place it inside. Line the sides with long pieces of bread, ensuring there aren’t any gaps by cutting and adjusting as needed. Reserve enough bread to cover the top of the pudding once the fruit filling is added.
brioche bread lining a glass bowl.
  1. Set aside a few tablespoons of the berry juice for later. Gently pour the berries and the remaining juice into the bread-lined bowl. Then top with the remaining bread pieces.
  2. Cover with the overhanging plastic wrap. Place a flat plate on top and add a heavy weight to press down the pudding. Refrigerate overnight.
making a summer berry pudding in a glass bowl.

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summer berry pudding topped with bread in a bowl.
  1. When ready to serve, remove the weight and plate, and unwrap the pudding to expose the top. Place a serving plate on top and gently invert the pudding. Remove the bowl and plastic wrap. Pour the reserved berry juice over any pale areas as needed.  
  2. Serve with whipped cream.
soaked summer berry pudding in a bowl.

It’s unique, irresistibly delicious, and mom-approved. What more could you ask for in a dessert? 

I think you’re going to love this one as much as I do!

summer berry pudding served on a plate with berries.
hand with a spoon taking a bite of summer berry pudding.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use other fruits besides berries in this pudding? 

Absolutely! While the classic recipe uses a mix of berries, you can experiment with other fruits. Peaches, for instance, would be a delicious addition. Just make sure to cut the fruits into small, bite-sized pieces so they blend well with the other ingredients.

How far in advance can I make this pudding? 

This pudding is best when made the day before serving. It needs to be refrigerated overnight to set properly and allow the flavors to meld together. You can make it up to 24 hours ahead of time making it a perfect dessert for entertaining.

Can I use frozen berries instead of fresh ones? 

I wouldn’t recommend using frozen berries for this recipe. Fresh berries hold their shape and texture better, resulting in a more visually appealing and flavorful pudding. Frozen berries can become too soft and release too much juice, which might make the pudding too soggy.

How do I store leftovers?

Cover any leftovers tightly with plastic wrap and store them in the refrigerator. The leftover berry pudding should keep well for up to two days.

summer berry pudding cut and served in a bowl.
summer berry pudding serving in a dish with whipped cream.

More Summer Berry Recipes I Know You’ll Enjoy

I hope you’re as excited as I am to try this Summer Berry Pudding. It’s a unique twist on traditional desserts, offering a refreshing and beautiful treat. Did you make it? Be sure to stop back and leave a comment and a 5-star rating below. I’d appreciate it! 

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summer berry pudding served in a bowl with whipped cream.

Summer Berry Pudding

Elevate your summer dessert game with this stunning Summer Berry Pudding. Easy to make and served cold, it’s perfect for hot days when you want to keep cool. The combination of fresh berries creates a deliciously fruity dessert perfect for entertaining.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: berries
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 267kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 3 1/2 cups raspberries
  • 2 1/2 cups strawberries hulled
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 10 slices brioche bread crusts removed
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • homemade whipped cream to serve

Instructions

  • In a medium, heavy-based saucepan, combine the blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries (reserve the blueberries), sugar, and water. Heat over medium-high until boiling. Lower the heat and simmer for three to four minutes, allowing the berries to release their juices but keeping the berries still intact. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Toss in the blueberries. Stir to combine.
  • Meanwhile, line a 32-ounce bowl (rim about 8 inches in diameter) with two layers of plastic wrap, making a cross and leaving enough overhang to cover the pudding later. Cut a circle of bread to fit the base of the bowl and place it inside. Line the sides with long pieces of bread, ensuring there aren't any gaps by cutting and adjusting as needed. Reserve enough bread to cover the top of the pudding once the fruit filling is added.
  • Set aside a few tablespoons of the berry juice for later. Gently pour the berries and the remaining juice into the bread-lined bowl. Then top with the remaining bread pieces.
  • Cover with the overhanging plastic wrap. Place a flat plate on top and add a heavy weight to press down the pudding. Refrigerate overnight.
  • When ready to serve, remove the weight and plate, and unwrap the pudding to expose the top. Place a serving plate on top and gently invert the pudding. Remove the bowl and plastic wrap. Pour the reserved berry juice over any pale areas as needed.
  • Serve with whipped cream.

Nutrition

Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg

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