Old-fashioned bramble pudding

As the hedgerows fill with blackberries then head outside, fill a basket and treat yourself to this seasonally sweet pudding.

An old-fashioned steamed bramble pudding
  • Preparation time 20 minutes (prep. time)
  • Cooking time 1½ - 2 hours (cooking time)
  • Serves 4-6


  • 125g/4.4oz butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 125g/4.4oz caster (superfine) sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 125g/4.4oz self-raising flour
  • 75ml milk
  • 300g/10.5oz blackberries
  • 85g/ 3oz granulated sugar
  • 150ml red wine


  1. Butter a 1.2-litre ovenproof pudding bowl or soufflé dish and line the bottom with a small disc of baking parchment. You will need a saucepan large enough to contain the bowl or dish and cover it with a lid. Pour 2–3cm of water into the pan.
  2. Beat the butter and caster sugar in a food mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then fold in the flour with the milk until smooth.
  3. Put about a third of the blackberries into the buttered bowl. Spoon the mixture over them to about three-quarters of the way up the bowl. Cover with foil, pleated in the middle to allow for expansion, and crunch the foil around the edge to seal.
  4. Bring the water in the pan to the boil, lower the pudding bowl into it and put on the lid. Reduce the heat so the water is just simmering. Steam for 1½–2 hours, adding more boiling water if necessary.
  5. Meanwhile, put the granulated sugar and wine in a pan and stir over a low heat until the sugar has  dissolved. Increase the heat, bring to the boil and reduce the quantity of liquid by about half. Add the remaining berries and simmer until just cooked. Rub the fruit through a sieve to purée and remove the seeds.
  6. Run a knife around the pudding and turn it out onto a warmed serving plate. Serve with the blackberry purée and cream, custard or ice cream.

Top spots for picking blackberries 

Now is a prime time to pick these juicy fruits from hedgerows. Arm the kids with baskets and it won’t be long until everyone’s fingers and lips are dyed purple. Afterwards kids can tick off No.21 from our list of '50 things to do before you’re 11¾'.

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