British Berry Summer Pudding is made with only 3 ingredients! This easy dessert is full of fruit, literally. Blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries inside a pudding made from layers of bread.

Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries spilling out of a bread made pudding

You can’t spend a summer in England without enjoying this really easy dessert. Served simply with fresh cream, whipped or as it comes (my favorite).

Pouring fresh whipping cream over a piece of summer bread pudding

No Bake Summer Pudding

This is a no-bake dessert. There is a little cooking involved, which is just melting sugar into water and mixing with the fruit to make a sauce. Can this really be called cooking?

A mold of white bread covered in berry juice on a white plate

Now I know what you may be thinking. Bread??? Yes, it creates a cake-like casing around the fruit and it’s pretty genius when you think about how easy a fruit dessert can be.

Fresh blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries in a white bowl with juice soaked bread

The ‘dome’ of the pudding is made by first lining the bowl with the bread pieces, that have been soaked in the juices produced by the fruit. You don’t have to make them perfect, but they do need to fit together with no gaps. When the pudding is weighted and left to sit in the fridge, it is compacted and sets and holds together to stay formed.

Summer pudding made with bread, cut open with berry fruits pouring out onto a plate

Berries for Summer Pudding

Most commonly used fruit are blackberries, raspberries and blueberries (I like strawberries too). Less common berries are red, black, pink or white currants, loganberries and cherries.

Traditionally, this recipe is made with everyday, run-of-the-milll sliced white bread. I chose to change it up a little and use sliced brioche bread. It is delicious using either.

The history of summer pudding, dates back to the 19th century and has also been known as hydropathic pudding. Hydropathy, now known these days as hydrotherapy. Not sure why.

If you’ve made this British Berry Summer Pudding, leave a comment (or question) below. I love to hear from my readers.

Summer bread pudding viewed from the side showing the bread cut open with berries inside

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Yield: 8-10

British Berry Summer Pudding

Mixed berries inside a bread pudding covered in colorful berry juice garnished with mint leaves

Mixed berries and juice fill a dome made with white bread.

Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated/caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 pounds (681 grams) mixed berries (blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries)
  • 7 or 8 slices white or brioche bread
  • 2 cups (472 ml) heavy cream (whipped or as is)


  1. Place a 4-cup/1-quart bowl onto a plate (to catch any juices). Cut a circle of bread to fit the bottom of the bowl. Dip the piece of bread into the juice to soak. Place in the bottom of the bowl
  2. Cut rectangles to line the side of the bowl, without any gaps, but do not overlap. Cut and piece the bread as needed to fit perfectly.
  3. Pour the fruit into the bowl and create an even layer. Pour the rest of the juice over the fruit. Cut a circle of bread to fit the top (no need to soak in juice). Place on the top.
  4. Place a plate onto the top of the pudding (so it rests on top of the bread, not the bowl) to weigh it down and place something heavy, like an unopened tin can of beans or soup and refrigerate for 8 hours or more.
  5. To serve, remove the tin can and plate. Use a knife to carefully loosen the bread away from the edge of the bowl to it comes out easily. Place a large plate over the bowl and flip (there will be juices so be careful) and slowly remove the bowl and slice. Serve with cream.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 303Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 107mgSodium 291mgCarbohydrates 34gFiber 2gSugar 8gProtein 7g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.