This easy but impressive dessert is summer on a plate. The combination of sweet berries and wine with warming vanilla is fantastic.


  • 150g/7 oz caster sugar

  • 1 vanilla pod, split

  • 1-2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 175ml/6 fl oz red wine, like Valpolicella

  • 600g/1lb 5oz mixed summer fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries

  • 1 loaf of sliced white bread

  • Greek yogurt or crème fraiche to serve

  • Tbsp chopped fresh basil


  • 1.

    Sprinkle the sugar in to a heavy-based saucepan. Pour over 50ml/2fl oz water and stir to make a paste. Cook to a light golden caramel. Add the split vanilla pod, some ground black pepper and the red wine and bring to the boil. Simmer until reduced by half. Remove from the heat and gently stir in the fruit. Leave to stand until cold.

  • 2.

    Cut the crust from the slices of white bread and line your glass bowl evenly with the slices over lapping so there are no gaps. Fill the lined bowl with your chilled berry compote, then cover the top with slices of white bread in the same fashion as the bottom. Cover with cling film and place a plate on top, with the same diameter as the pudding and weigh down over night. Turn out on to a large serving plate or serve from the bowl with Greek yoghurt or crème friache.

Like this recipe? Subscribe to our newsletter to get more recipes like this delivered striaght to your inbox.

By registering you agree to our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Privacy Notice

Metric Converter

Tell us what you think in the comments below


Sign Out

Click to Rate

Join the Conversation

Please note, LifeStyle cannot respond to all comments posted in our comments feed. If you have a comment or query you would like LifeStyle to respond to, please use our feedback form.

0 0 0 0 0
Average Rating
0 comments • 0 ratings