Much as I love baking and cakes I also love making puddings and my favourite are summer ones – lighter and fruity.  Here are 3 of my favourites that use red summer fruits and like most of my cooking – quick and simple!

Helen’s alternative fruit trifle

strawberry and yogurt

This pudding came about as a last minute ‘what have we got in that I can make something with’ type event.

  • Punnet of strawberries – washed and sliced – or raspberries or other fruit
  • Large tub Greek yoghurt
  • Packet of Amaretti biscuits – crushed

Simply layer the biscuits, fruit and Amaretti biscuits in a bowl or individual glasses repeatedly and chill. Looks great, is tasty and healthy too.


Vanilla and red fruit sundaes

I found this great recipe in a magazine a few years ago and as my Father-in-Law is diabetic and it is nice to make something we can all eat without it being just fruit salad.

  • 2 tsp powered gelatine
  • I  tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp brandy (I also use Damson port) – optional
  • 3 tbsp sugar substitute
  • 750g plain or Greek style yoghurt
  • 1 sachet of sugar free raspberry jelly
  • 225g fresh frozen summer fruits

Prepare gelatine by sprinkling on to 3 tbsp cold water, leave for 5 minutes till spongy then heat gently till all gelatine dissolved or  as per packet instructions.

Mix the sugar, brandy and vanilla into the yoghurt and then stir in the gelatine thoroughly.

Spoon into 6 glasses/individual bowls or ramekins and chill for at least an hour

Dissolve the jelly in ½ pint or 300ml boiling water

Add fruit and stir well – allow to cool

Carefully spoon jelly and fruit mix onto set vanilla layer and return to fridge overnight.


Fruit mille-feuille


This is so simple – but looks really professional

  • Roll out some puff pastry on a floured surface – place on a non-stick tray and brush with  egg wash
  • Make sure it is cooked through and risen – it should be lightly golden brown – and transfer to a wire rack to cool
  • Slice in half horizontally
  • Spread bottom half with cream, crème fraiche, mascapone or anything else you fancy
  • Cover with a layer of fruit – I tend to use summer berries but you could  add some kiwi for colour and figs make a nice change
  • Spread more cream on top layer and sandwich together
  • A dusting of icing sugar before serving and its ready to eat.