This is a proper winter-warming pudding, even though the first ingredient is summer fruits! It’s the perfect conclusion to a long, lingering Sunday Lunch and is immensely satisfying – only the Sunday papers and a doze needs follow…
Serves 6 – 8
What you need…
1 x pretty (because its for a pud) oven-proof dish, greased (mine is 20cms diameter and 10cms deep)
500g summer fruits (I buy frozen and let them defrost overnight)
175g caster sugar, plus ½ tablespoon
175g butter, room temperature
175g ground almonds
85g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk
2 pears, unpeeled, cored and sliced
What to do…
Pre-heat oven to 170°c / 325°f /gas 3
Tip your defrosted fruit into the ovenproof bowl and stir in the ½ tablespoon of caster sugar.
Tip all the other ingredients except the pears into a food processor and process until thoroughly blended. Pour the mixture over the fruit and smooth over. Arrange the slices of pear on the top, ideally in an overlapping fan.
Bake in the oven for 2 hours!
Check that it is cooked all the way through by poking in a kebab stick – it should come out dry.
Serve straight away, either with warm custard or cold double cream – either way this warm summer fruits pudding with almonds is absolutely delicious.
Assemble the fruits in the bowl, cover and pop in the fridge, prepare the pears, cover and pop in the fridge; and then chuck the rest of the ingredients into the processor. You can now leave everything until you’re ready to put them all in the oven – perfect if you’re entertaining. It takes less than five minutes to complete the preparation when you are ready.
Can’t remember where I plucked this recipe from but I’ve been doing it for years!
Ridiculously! Remember though – 2 hours cooking time (the cooking smell is heavenly!)