Christmas Summer pudding….adulterated from Neil Perry
This is so easy for Christmas day : a summery version of a Plum Pudding! There is no baking involved but you must cook it the day before so it sets in the fridge. Which means relaxing on Christmas Day.
You need for four fat Santas 4 and 34 model Elves:
2 punnets strawberries, quartered
3 punnets raspberries
3 punnets blueberries
200g caster sugar, plus extra
1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 loaf fresh sliced white bread, crusts removed
Lots of double cream, to serve
- Slip into divine navy Lanvin silk dress.
- Climb into fabulous new Celine heels.
- Throw on outrageously chic Prada jewels.
- Apply Swish of Tom Ford lipstick.
- Spray and walk through Chanel 19.
- Pour a major bottle of French Champagne: It’s Christmas !
- Now ask George Clooney to start cooking. You can’t possibly go near the Kitchen in Lanvin.
- He should combine the berries (reserving a few raspberries and blueberries for accessorizing at the end), with 200g sugar and 3/4 cup water in a chic saucepan over a low heat.
- Stir gently (don’t let it boil George ) until the sugar has dissolved (As you do when George is in the kitchen.)
- Now simmer ( that’s the berry mix not you) without stirring for 5 minutes or until the juices are released from the fruit. With George cooking for Christmas anything could happen.
- Strain the juices from the fruit and set both aside for a little Zen time alone on the bench.
- Lightly moisterise a snazzy glass bowl (about 3-4 litre capacity) with unsalted butter.
- Sprinkle with a little caster sugar and shake away the excess. As you do with Chanel face powder.
- Cut half of the bread slices into snazzy triangles, then leave the rest of the loaf in squares.
- Line the bowl with the triangular slices around the bottom, packing them firmly to cover the whole base. Your bottom will look similar after Christmas. Sorry.
- Line the sides of the bowl with the square slices, overlapping them slightly. Think layering darling, layering. Think Marni S/s11.
- Now toss the drained fruit in the bowl and pour over some ( save some!) drained juice to nearly, nearly, cover the fruit. How pretty!
- Tip: You want the juices to seep through the bread. Think Tie dye Dries Van Noten.
- Tip: Good time to open more Champagne.
- Tip: Good time to smooche George.
- Now layer it all again by covering the top of the fruit with more overlapping triangular slices and pour over more juice to seep into the bread.
- Place the bowl in a larger dish so as not to spill any juice. Even a baking tray is good: just something to catch any spillage. Like your Cleavage.
- Cover the pudding with a flat plate that fits (perfectly on top). Just like George and me.
- Now set a weight on top to keep it snug (such as a tin of tomatoes, some jewels or last season’s Givenchy heels).
- Throw it in the fridge overnight so that it sets. Think False eyelashes/nails/facemask.
- To serve, unmould the pudding and plop it carefully on a chic white platter.
- Accessorise with more of the chic de la chic berries and with lashings of double cream.
- Merry Christmas !
FiFi is in rehab and The FiFi Report will be back Friday 13 January 2012.xx